Europe’s John Norum Addresses The Chris Cornell Resemblance In His New Record
Europe guitarist John Norum recently joined Eonmusic for an interview and revealed that his upcoming album has elements resembling Chris Cornell.
Apart from being one of Europe’s founding members and guitarist, John Norum also maintains a career as a solo artist. After leaving Europe in October 1986 due to disagreements between him and the band’s manager Thomas Erdtman, Norum signed a solo contract for three albums with Europe’s label Epic Records and released his debut, ‘Total Control,’ in October 1987.
Since his seventh solo album, 2010’s ‘Play Yard Blues,’ Norum hasn’t hinted at working on any new solo material. The musician recently excited his fans after announcing that he will drop his ninth solo album, ‘Gone To Stay,’ on October 28, 2022. The musician revealed he began the album’s recordings during the coronavirus lockdown, and the record’s first single, ‘Sail On,’ was released on May 20 with a music video filmed on a real Viking ship.
In a recent interview with Eonmusic, Norum argued that ‘Sail On’ has elements that remind him of Chris Cornell. Norum recalled lying on the couch in the studio and not knowing what to do with the vocals in ‘Sail On’ although he had already recorded the music. According to John, he suddenly got an idea and started to mumble some lyrics. When he stopped singing, Norum thought the song began to remind him of Cornell, even though that was not the intention.
Speaking about his new song ‘Sail On,’ John Norum told Eonmusic the following:
“I don’t know; it just happened. It just came out. I was lying on the couch in the studio, and I didn’t have a clue what to do with the vocals. I’d already recorded the music, and suddenly it hit me; ‘I have an idea. Let me just go in.’ I don’t have any lyrics or anything, so I just mumbled something, and that’s what came out, and then afterward, I said, ‘That really reminds me of Cornell.’ But it wasn’t intentional. “
Below, you can listen to John Norum’s song ‘Sail On.’