John Levén

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John Levén
Levén at Wacken Open Air 2017
Levén at Wacken Open Air 2017
Background information
Birth nameJohn Gunnar Levén
Born (1963-10-25) 25 October 1963 (age 59)
Stockholm, Sweden
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, glam metal
Years active1981–present

John Gunnar Levén (born 25 October 1963) is a Swedish bassist in the rock band Europe. Levén and vocalist Joey Tempest are the only band members who have performed on all of Europe's studio albums.


Levén was born in Stockholm. When he was seven years old, he and his family moved to the suburb Upplands Väsby, where several members of Europe grew up. He joined the band in 1981, replacing Peter Olsson. In 1985 Levén was the one who suggested that Tempest should write a song based on an old keyboard riff that the vocalist had written around 1981-82. The result was the song "The Final Countdown".

After Europe went on hiatus in 1992, Levén recorded and toured with bands like Brazen Abbot, Clockwise, Last Autumn's Dream, Southpaw, Europe colleague John Norum and former Black Sabbath / Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes.

Europe reunited in 2003, and Levén co-wrote the single "Always the Pretenders" from the 2006 album Secret Society, with Tempest. He also co-wrote the song "The Beast" on the 2009 album Last Look at Eden.

Personal life[edit]

Levén has three sons, Daniel, Alex and Adrian.[1][2]



Other artists[edit]


  1. ^ "// John Leven Biography". 25 October 1963. Archived from the original on 30 June 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
  2. ^ John Levén's official Facebook page

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