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Name: John Norum  
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Date of Birth: 23rd February 1965
Place of Birth: Vardö, Norway
Profession: Actor
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John Norum in 2004

John Norum, born as John Terry Norum on February 23rd, 1964 in Vardø, Norway. He is the guitarist in the Swedish hard rock band Europe. He formed the band together with vocalist and keyboardist Joey Tempest in 1979. They both grew up in Stockholm suburb Upplands Väsby. Norum played on the first three Europe albums before leaving in November 1986. He was not satisfied with the keyboard-dominated production of hit album The Final Countdown nor the band's new, commercial hair metal image. He was replaced by Kee Marcello.

Norum released his first solo album, Total Control in 1987, and would release several studio and live albums throughout the years. He has also worked with bands like Dokken and UFO, both on albums and tours. Don Dokken's solo release, Up from the Ashes featured both Norum and Watchtower guitarist Billy White on lead guitars.

In 2003 Norum was back in Europe, recording their new album Start from the Dark the following year. Currently, he is living in Sweden with his wife Michelle Meldrum-Norum and their son Jake Thomas.

On his 41st birthday - February 23rd, 2005 - Norum released his latest studio album Optimus, where he handles both guitars and vocals. Optimus had a heavier and darker sound than previous recordings, and was well received by metal fans and the musical press.

A close friend and rival of Norum's is fellow Swedish guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Solo Albums

  • Total Control (1987)
  • Live in Stockholm - EP (1990)
  • Face the Truth (1992)
  • Another Destination (1995)
  • Worlds Away (1997)
  • Face It Live '97 (1998)
  • Slipped into Tomorrow (2000)
  • Optimus (2005)

Official Site

  • John Norum's Official Site

Europe (band)

Europe | Wings of Tomorrow | The Final Countdown | Out of This World | Prisoners in Paradise | Start from the Dark

1982-1992 | 1982-2000 | Rock the Night: The Very Best of Europe

Current Members
Joey Tempest | John Norum | John Levén | Mic Michaeli | Ian Haugland

Former Members
Kee Marcello | Tony Reno | Marcel Jacob | Peter Olsson

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