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Triumph’s Rik Emmett talks possible reunion and relationship with Gil Moore and Mike Levine, new DVD/CD release and more
Triumph will be releasing a special DVD/CD package of the band’s first reunion show, at Sweden Rocks outdoor Festival, in the summer of 2008 on August 28th. Rik Emmett talked about the new release, his upcoming solo gig on August 23rd at The Sound Academy in Toronto, and the future for Triumph in a new interview with Kingstonthisweek.com.
In regards to the new DVD release, Rik says, “I think in the final analysis, the issue is one of legacy for Gil. I really think that he thinks something like this is going to stand for the rest of our lives as the ‘Triumph Reunion’. This was a fairly large event in our lives, and is it good enough to be part of that legacy?’ Emmett said, hearkening back to another live performance that has come to be a significant part of the band’s enduring legacy - the US Festival in California in 1983.
Triumph performed a set in front of a quarter of a million fans, sharing the stage on ‘Heavy Metal Day’ with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue and Judas Priest.
“And we ended up putting that show out on DVD a few years ago, and for Mike and Gil, things like that will stand as the legacy of what Triumph was, who Triumph was. I think that also might have been holding things up because they wanted to make sure it was good, and it was right. I think the thinking was, ‘who cares if it comes out quickly, all that matters is we get it right,’” Emmett explained.
So, whenever a new Triumph product is release, the inevitable question arises - is the band going to tour again, especially in its home nation.
Emmett has been on record a number of times saying that he welcomes the chance to play Triumph songs with Moore and Levine again, but that it has been those two who have resisted.
“If the carrot was big enough and golden enough, I think it would make Mike and Gil, but especially Gil, do it. And we have had inquiries. Gil has a great life, and he’s content, and he makes a lot of money and he runs that Metalworks things and it’s very fulfilling for him. He’s got a life where he loves to play golf a lot with Tom Cochrane and Alex Lifeson [of Rush] and it’s a fairly time consuming hobby. So if he decided to go out on a Triumph tour, I think it would cost him some gold, and would cost him some family time, and he kind of looks at that and wonders if it’s worth it. And I don’t say that with any shred of negativity. It doesn’t matter to me if we play again. I can always find something to occupy my time and energy and make music in different ways,” he said.
“But I do like playing with the guys. It’s fun. And we go out for dinners together and we’re hanging out again and laughing and joking. The reunion shows, for me was the real lovely bit of us being back as friends again, for Mike and Gil much less so.
“For them, they don’t need the playing of the music to return to the magic of the brotherhood thing. And, honestly, when I look back on it all now, doing the Sweden thing and the Rocklahoma thing, yes there was the money, but I think it was pretty much Gil and Mike saying, ‘you know, I think this will close the circle for Rik. This will be the thing that will make Rik feel the happiest that this has all happened, and that Rik will feel like it has been done right.’ And so it got done and now there’s really not anything compelling them to do it.”
Emmett said both Moore and Levine would do a full-on Triumph reunion tour if they could headline bigger venues, where they could whip out all the bells and whistles of the live show that made a Triumph concert a true arena-rock spectacle, and one of the most intense live experiences on the road at the time.
“If the offer was there, and it was a solid thing, and it wasn’t just speculative, then it would change the temperature of the conversation. But at this point, so much of it is just speculative,” he said.
“But if you ask me, in my guts, do I still think there are one or two gigs left in us, I would say yes there is probably the likelihood that something will come along, like maybe some big charity gig, that would get the guys to say, ‘okay, we’ll strap it on one more time.’”
Read the entire interview here: www.kingstonthisweek.com
The fans demanded it, and the fans finally got it. After 20 years apart, the long awaited Triumph reunion (of vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore) took place at the Sweden Rock Festival, on June 7th, 2008. On August 28th, 2012, fans outside of Sweden will finally get a chance to see, hear, and experience this awesome reunion.
The Live at Sweden Rock Festival set consists of a DVD and CD (both featuring identical track listings), and features all of the Triumph classics fans could hope for including: When the Lights Go Down, Lay It On the Line, Never Surrender, Magic Power and Fight the Good Fight.
Additionally, there are several bonus features, including the on site Triumph Press Conference, a "behind the scenes" peek at the festival, and a photo gallery.
"It's great to finally be able show the world Triumph's reunion show at the Sweden Rock Festival," says Levine. "It certainly is one of the most memorable performances of our entire career! And they said it would never happen."
The Canadian trio became one of the leading hard rock acts in the world during the '70s and '80s, with an arsenal of rocking, stadium-shaking anthems, and a magnificent light show that surpassed all of the competition.
Their classic albums Just a Game, Allied Forces, and Never Surrender remain steady sellers, and all of the aforementioned Triumph songs remain rock radio staples - receiving steady play on Clear Channel iHeart Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
Live at Sweden Rock Festival will be released throughout Europe on August 24th and in North America on August 28th on Frontiers Records.
Live at Sweden Rock Festival track listing:
When The Lights Go Down
Lay It On The Line
I Live For The Weekend
Blinding Light Show
Rocky Mountain Way
Rock & Roll Machine
Fight The Good Fight
Same as above.
Get more details here: www.triumphmusic.com
The fans demanded it, and the fans finally got it. After 20 years apart, the long-awaited Triumph reunion (of vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore) took place at Sweden Rock Festival, on June 7th, 2008. Now, the band is putting the finishing touches on the DVD of that historic performance.
The tentatively titled 'Live at Sweden Rock Festival' set will be available as a CD and DVD, with a release date targeted for later this spring.
"It's great to finally be able show the world Triumph's reunion show at the Sweden Rock Festival," says Mike Levine."It certainly is one of the most memorable performances of our entire career! And they said it would never happen…" Live at Sweden Rock Festival will be released on the TML label, distributed by UMG in Canada and ADA in the US. The set will be released throughout Europe on Frontiers Records. Can't wait for this release from one of rock's most underated bands!
Here is the setlist from the actual show, but there is no work yet if this will be what ends up on the release.
1. When The Lights Go Down
2. Lay It On The Line
3. Allied Forces
4. Never Surrender
5. I Live For The Weekend
6. Blinding Light Show
7. Rocky Mountain Way
8. Magic Power
9. Rock And Roll Machine
10. Fight the Good Fight
Triumph have started a Q&A online series, answering fan submitted questions. Here is the first three questions answered by Rik Emmett, Mike Levine and Gil Moore. Good stuff..check it out:
Rik Emmett address tour rumors with Van Halen in clip #1, Mike Levine answers the question "Is Rock n Roll Machine Canada's first Heavy Metal song"?, and Gil Moore address the RCA record label lawsuit in the early 1980's.
Mike Levine, bassist for Canadian rock legends Triumph, is featured in a fantastic new interview with Jeb Wright at Classic Rock Revisited discussing the 30th Anniversary of the Allied Forces album. Check it out below:
Jeb: Allied Forces really skyrocketed the band into new popularity. I loved Just a Game and I liked the next album, Progression of Power, but a lot of other people did not like that one. I will admit it was not as good as the bookends on each side of it. I would guess Progressions of Power did not sell as well.
Mike: That album could have been a career killer. I love the album but it was not what it should have been. We had no time to make that record and that was the problem. We were told we had to have an album out by such and such a date or else. The quality was just okay and the songs were just okay. The best song was “I Live For the Weekend.” The others were okay tunes but it just didn’t come out the way it should have.
Allied Forces was the one that brought it home. We got to make that album at our own studio, Metalworks. The only thing we had to worry about was the delivery date.
Jeb: You guys must have been under a lot of pressure to deliver a hit.
Mike: We were under big pressure. The University of Toronto has an archive of Triumph material, as we donated all of our stuff to the University. I was looking for the tapes for Allied Forces for the 30th anniversary, limited edition, vinyl version we are putting out. We sent an entire semi of stuff to the University, and while it was all boxed up and fairly documented, it still took a lot of searching to find the tapes. In looking for the tapes, I found all of these threatening letters from the record company saying we needed to do this, or do that, and I was sitting there reading these letters, after all these years, and I was getting pretty pissed off about it. I had to stop reading them.
Jeb: Gil was known for the stage show and the light show, Rik was the most musical and you were the businessman and producer. Did you buffer the band from that kind of news, or did they know it was do or die?
Mike: It was well known. It was all full disclosure. In general, I had to go to war with the record company and I needed their blessing, because it could have all blown up.
We knew we had to make a great record this time out. Just a Game had set us up and Progressions of Power had kept us level but knew in our heart of hearts, that we had to make a great record. The record company told us, in no uncertain terms, that we had to make a great record. I told them to stay out of our faces and that we would deliver a great record.
We recorded the album in late 1980. We had the pressure of touring and everything else. The pressure was unbelievable. Back then we were supposed to deliver two albums a year, which was crazy. We were fighting all of these legal battles. Reading those letters again really make me angry.
Read the entire interview here: www.classicrockrevisited.com