Kristopher Schau: "I
was very doubtful when you were going to come here. You were kind of a youth idol...
I had some
expectations. What if you were 140 cm tall? I couldn't know anything about
Joey Tempest: "Like
KS: "Yeah, it could
be that you were very tiny, or that you had become really
JT: "Of course. That
could have happened. Everything's possible..."
KS: "But it turned
JT: "Yeah, it turned
out pretty well."
KS: "I thought you
called yourself something else now that you were going to release a solo album?"
JT: "I thought about doing that, but I thought it was pretty stupid after all.
The world got to know me with 'Final Countdown'... I
was the guy who wrote 'The Final Countdown', and I don't think there's
anything wrong about that."
KS: "How do you
pronounce the name of your new record?"
KS: "Azalea... What's
that supposed to mean?"
JT: "Azalea is a
flower. That's the address... sort of like Abbey Road... the address to the studio in Nashville, Tennessee."
KS: "You said
something reasonable to me now, because Hasse said that it's the same as 'Azalea' is in Norwegian...
A flower." (Hasse is another guy from
the "XL" show)
JT: "It's really just
the address where the studio is, in Nashville."
KS: "So it's nothing
more interesting than that?"
KS: "You've probably
heard this before, but when I think about Joey Tempest, I get this Jon Bon Jovi-feeling."
JT: "Do you mean the
KS: "No... First it
was big, dry hair, and heavy... then it was a bit quiet, and then back with a solo career and a bit more serious."
JT: "Yeah, he's one
year older than me, we're almost the same age. We've probably met four or five times during the years.
Maybe it's because we belong to the same generation, we play in rock bands, we're doing the same stuff.
The only difference is that he wants to be an actor, but I don't. So we're pretty similar."
KS: "Have you been
working with music all the time?"
JT: "Yeah, I learnt to play the guitar when I was 8 years old. And since then I've done a lot of other stuff.
I've played ice hockey, actually, and I've also driven go-karts,
seriously. My dad was a mechanic, and I drove and competed."
KS: "Did you drive in
JT: "Yeah, we toured
around Sweden and drove really fast."
KS: "Were you any
JT: "Yeah, OK. One
year I was number 3, I think."
KS: "At what?"
JT: "It was called 'Junior Kart Race'. There were six parts, and you got
to drive against the best."
KS: "I listened to
your single, 'The One in the Glass'. It was sort of
JT: "Yeah, and it has
bit of influence from California, because it was there I came up
with the idea. I discovered a poem by a woman called Janet Zuckerman. She's dead
now. I tried to find her, because she was the inspiration to these lyrics, but unfortunately I couldn't find her. It also has a bit of dance influence. I've done that a bit on
'Azalea Place', I've improvised a little more, and tried some rhythms, a lot more
acoustic guitar. It's a bit personal. I play the guitar, bass and percussion
KS: "I see that
you've brought your guitar here. Are you going to play a
JT: "Yeah, I can play
a little. But is there any good sound here? Does it sound good
KS: "Do we have any
good sound...? Good sound? What is this nonsense from the Swede? Yeah, play a little bit, so that we can understand what you're doing
nowadays. What are we going to hear?"
JT: "I've written the
lyrics together with a guy from the band Squeeze...
(Chris Difford) If you remember them.
'Tempted by the Fruit of
KS: "Squeeze? Was
that the guys with the extremely tight pants?"
JT: "Squeeze... Yeah.
they had tight pants. More nonsense from the Norwegian..."
KS: "Here's your
JT: "The opening song
on this album is called "The Match." I'll play some of
Then Joey plays a short part
of "The Match". During this Kristopher starts playing on a tambourine.
Sounds great! :) Joey ends the song with a riff from Deep Purple's "Smoke on the
KS: "Say where you're
going to play live. You're going to play at some places, in
JT: "Yeah, I'm going
to play next Sunday, July 27 with John Fogerty."
KS: "Together with
JT: "Yeah, as opening act."
KS: "Not at the same
JT: "No, but that
would be cool."
KS: "Earlier it was
said that you were going to play after John Fogerty."
JT: "Yeah, we
discussed that. I wanted to play last, for two and a half hour. But then he said, 'No, I want to play last'.
So it turned out like that..."
KS: "Thanks for
coming, Joey! I'm exhausted after all that tambourine
JT: "It was really
good! Thanks for the backing."
KS: "Yeah, any time.
Just call me at any time."
JT: "Hey, you could
run up to the stage while I'm playing together with John Fogerty..."
KS: "I'm that
generous that I'll be there when I'm needed. We can see you
on TV tonight, by the way. On 'Sommerċpent'." ("Sommerċpent" is a Norwegian TV