Metal Festival Gamble Paid Off For Europe

(Classic Rock) Europe risked upsetting fans of heavier music when they headlined the Bloodstock Open Air festival in 2009 but the gamble paid off, says singer Joey Tempest.

Reaction was mixed when event organisers announced the Swedish outfit were to close out a bill including Cradle of Filth, Blind Gardian, Carcass, Satyricon and Amon Amarth.

Tensions increased after Cradle of Filth, playing the night before Europe, were pelted with missiles and guitarist Paul Allender was taken to hospital. But instead of being a disaster, Tempest says the set gave them a new lease of life in an environment where they'd been all but forgotten.

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