We have to understand that it will not go back to what we were used to: interview with Kee Marcello

Photo credit to Ralf Oude Hendrikmann

After Europe released ,their album ”The Final Countdown” the guitar player John Norum was tired of everything around the band. He quit and the new guy in the band was Kee Marcello who was known from his band Easy Action. In 1988 Europe released the album ”Out Of This World” and now 34 years later Kee Marcello is back with a brand new band named after that album. I gave Kee a call and after he got his cup of coffee we talked about hard rock.

Hello Kee. How are you?

-I’m fine and now I’ve got my coffee so lets start this.

You are back with a new album with your new band Out Of This World. Why did you choose that name?

-A couple of years ago Tommy Heart and I released an album under the name Kee of Hearts but that was a project so we needed another name.We were playing the Heat festival in Ludwigsburg, Germany in december 2018 and we vere rehearsing in Gothenburg. At that time I had three songs that we recorded. The songs were ”Twilight”, ”Lighting Up My Dark” and “In A Million Years” which all ended up on the album. So the band was formed long before we came up with a name for the band and to be honest it was one of Tommys friends from Japan that came up with the name Out Of This World.  The album was released in Japan in april 2021 and it went very well.

The japanese market always been good to me so I’m very pleased about that and the name Out Of This World which is the same name as my first album with Europe. You can say that we made the same twist that Tony Iommi and Ronnie James Dio did when they called themselves Heaven & Hell instead of Black Sabbath.

You started your career with the band Easy Action and you released two albums. Is there any plans recording a new album with Easy Action?

-It depends if my schedule will allow it. Over the years I have released five solo records and I have toured a lot so when this Covid came everything just stopped and I got the the time to think about different things. I have played music since I was a teenager and I haven’t got the time to celebrate holidays because I’ve always been in the studio or out on the road. The Covid thing made me think about other things than music and it was a good feeling.

On hard rock and heavy metal forums you get a lot of cred for your participation in Europe and especially the album ”Out Of This World”. How do you remember your time in Europe today?

-I’m proud of the albums we made back then and I think that ”Out Of This World” and ”Prisoners In Paradise” is completely different if you compare them with the rest of the albums from Europe. I think it sounds very much me on the albums, the guitars, the keyboards and the production.

If you ask me I think that your guitar playing in ”Ready Or Not” are quite awesome. Your guitar and Joeys vocals make a perfect match.

-Yes I think that song turned out very well and I thank you for your kind words. When I came in we toured for about a year and I had lots of ideas, but I had to learn what was working and what’s important. That was a really good lesson I think. Musically I felt that I was accepted among other guitar players.

Your record company is Atomic Fire Records and they have just started. The people there are not new though because almost everybody have been working on Nuclear Blast over the years. Do you think Atomic Fire Records will benefit over the fact that they know the music business?

-Definitely. We released the album in Japan first and at that time we didn’t know what would happen with the rest of the world but Atomic Fire was very eager to sign us so we waited til they were up and running. We are very very pleased.

Will it be a tour in 2022?

-Absolutely. We are a band right now and we have some plans. The Corona virus have stopped up the live part of the music business but there is some hope right now. In a few weeks we may now about the festivals this summer and it’s also possible that we will hit the road with another band on a coheadline tour.

We can talk about the virus because Sweden have released their restictions and something that I wonder about is if you think it’s going to be difficult to get gigs because every band out there wants to play live?

-I would say both yes and no. The fans can’t see everything because they can’t afford it so in that scenario it will be difficult for bands to get gigs. We also have to understand that it will not go back to what we were used to. The big festivals will be there as usual of course but the smaller bands can expect a rough time. There is so much music out there which is positive but we have to remember that the albums nowadays isn’t as good as the albums were because it’s easier to record an album today and there are often many fillers on the albums.

Do you have any material for a new Out Of This World album?

-Yes. I have written two songs and another song is almost done. I have ideas for three or four more songs and I have been in this creative bubble where we hope that we will be when we are about to write new songs for a new album. When you get to the point that song after song is formed you are very happy.

Back in 1985 you were a big part in the song ”Give A Helpin Hand” which Joey Tempest wrote to bring some money for the people in Ethiopia that was affected by famine. The Swedish television have been showing an documentary about the recording of the single. Do you think that this could help Out Of This World to get more fans?

-I really don’t  think so. It depends how many that sees it of course and there has been a lot of comments and I think it’s a real good documentary. Swedish television in Umeå did a remarkable job doing it and hopefully people out there notice that I’m a part of the single ”Give A Helping Hand”.

Ok Kee I thank you very much and wish you good luck in the future.

-Thank you very much. We hope that 2022 will be a great year for music.

We have to understand that it will not go back to what we were used to: interview with Kee Marcello

April 2, 2022

Photo credit to Ralf Oude Hendrikmann After Europe released ,their album ”The Final Countdown” the guitar player John Norum was tired of everything around the band. He quit and the new guy in the band was Kee Marcello who was known from his band Easy Action. In 1988 Europe released the album ”Out Of This World” and now 34 years later Kee Marcello is back with a brand new band named after that album. I gave Kee a call and after he got his cup of coffee we talked about hard rock. Hello Kee. How are you? -I’m fine and now I’ve got my coffee so lets start this. You are back with a new album with your new band Out Of This World. Why did you choose that name? -A couple of years ago Tommy Heart and I released an album under the name Kee of Hearts but that was a project so we needed another name.We were playing the Heat festival in Ludwigsburg, Germany in december 2018 and we vere rehearsing in Gothenburg. At that time I had three songs that we recorded. The songs were ”Twilight”, ”Lighting Up My Dark” and “In A Million Years” which all…

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