John Levén

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John Levén
Levén performing in 2009
Levén performing in 2009
Background information
Birth nameJohn Gunnar Levén
Born (1963-10-25) 25 October 1963 (age 58)
Stockholm, Sweden
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock, glam metal
InstrumentsBass, vocals, guitar, piano, keyboard
Years active1981–present
Associated actsEurope, Glenn Hughes, Brazen Abbot, Clockwise, Last Autumn's Dream

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


When Levén was 7 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". 1963-10-25. Archived from the original on 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
  2. ^ John Levén's official Facebook page

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