“Hero” is a 2004 single, released by the Swedish heavy metal band Europe. It was released on September 20, 2004, as the second single from the band’s album Start from the Dark. The song was written by vocalist Joey Tempest as a tribute to Phil Lynott, the frontman of the Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, and was inspired by a meeting between Tempest and Lynott.
The song’s music video tells a story of aspiring young rock musicians, interspersed with clips of the band on tour. The video is a tribute to Phil Lynott.
Start from the Dark is the sixth studio album of the band. It was released on 22 September 2004 by Sanctuary Records. It was the band’s first release since reforming in 2003, and the first original album of all-new material since 1991’s Prisoners in Paradise.
Start from the Dark departs from the glam metal genre and featured a more modern sound compared to Europe’s previous albums. “We wanted to be doing something at least that was a little bit relevant now; bit of a dry mix, detuned a bit,” vocalist Joey Tempest said, “So we felt like we didn’t want to do an ’80s album per se, we just wanted to start like a fresh band really.” Eventually, the album sold in excess of 600,000 copies worldwide.
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