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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
Randy Rhoads was born this week (Dec. 6) in 1956. He would have been 55 years old if not tragically taken from us 29 years ago.
These quotes were in a 1984 issue of Hit Parader Magazine on the 2nd anniversary of his death. I thought it was interesting looking back to see the complete reverence his contemporaries had for him, just two years since he died. His legacy has, does, and will continue to grow. R.I.P. Randy!
Edward Van Halen (Van Halen)
I have an immense amount of respect for what he did. Some people say I may have had an infIuence on his playing, but I never was able to ask him that. If it's true, I'm very honored, because I thought he was very, very good. He was also very dedicated to his playing. I think that showed in his work.
Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
It was every guitarist's dream to replace Randy Rhoads, and I'll never forget the thrill of having that opportunity. I always considered Randy to be the best guitarist around. I followed his career for a long time even when he was playing around L.A. with Quiet Riot, and I was always amazed by what he could do. I used to get really annoyed after watching him, because he was doing things that I hadn't even thought of trying. He was in a class by himself.
Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot)
Of course I had known Randy a long time. I was playing in some other L.A. area bands when he was playing the club scene with Quiet Riot. He was a big influence on everyone who saw him. ,He had so much talent and so much charisma - it was just unbelievable! He was one of the few guitarist I've ever seen who could literally mesmerize you on-stage. You'd find yourself watching him and just forgetting about everyone and everything else.
Angus Young (AC/DC)
I've heard him play on the radio and he sounded very good. I admire anyone who can play the guitar with a style that is easily identifiable, and that's what he was able to do. Everybody says there's nothing new that can be done with a guitar, but when people like Randy come along, they realize they're wrong.
"Fast" Eddie Clarke (Fastway)
I was lucky enough to see Randy perform many times while I was in Motorhead. We toured the country with Ozzy when Randy was still alive, and I used to go out and watch him quite often. It's a shame that his talent wasn't fully appreciated until after his death. But that's the way it is in rock and roll, sometimes. He was very special - he had "star quality" written all over him. If you're able to go on stage with someone like Ozzy and hold your own, you know youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re special.
Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden)
To me, Randy Rhoads had a classic "American" guitar sound. There's a difference between the way a British guitarist plays and the way an American plays. They're both equally good, it's just that people like Blackmore and Page have had the biggest impact on English guitarists while perhaps Eddie Van Halen has had the biggest impact on the guys in the States. Randy Rhoads seemed to pick up on some of Van Halen's ideas and expand them. He was absolutely terrific, and his work with Osbourne is astounding at times.
Neal Schon (Journey)
He was very interesting. I make it a habit to watch other guitarists and listen to their work. I'm not that big on Ozzy's music, so I don't often put his albums on at home, but I recognize Rhoads as a very talented guitarist.
Paul Stanley (Kiss)
I've seen just about everybody who's come down the pike over the last ten years, and quite honestly, most of 'em weren't worth remembering. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see Rhoads that many times, but he was a very impressive guitarist. He obviously had studied the instrument, and he had a natural feel that separated him from most other players. To me, that's the key - if you have a feel, a quality that nobody can teach you, that's when you're special.
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
Obviously, I've always had a bit of interest in the guitarists Ozzy has worked with. After having worked with somebody for so long, you can't dismiss their musical activities very easily. Ozzy once told me that one of the things which first attracted him to Randy was that he was the exact opposite of me. He looked different, and his style was very unique. I favor certain chord structures, while Randy had his own way of expressing himself. I admire what he did, though I wish Ozzy had given him a little more freedom to express himself on his albums.
Rik Emmett (Triumph)
I'm a big guitar fan. I love listening to everything from jazz to heavy metal, and one of the guys who really caught my ear was Randy. he just stood out head and shoulders above other young guitarists. I don't know exactly what he did that was so special, but he was able to mix together a number of styles and influences, and emerge with a special sound. Most guitarists are clones of other famous musicians. Randy had a bit of that element in him, but because of his talent, he was able to rise above that.
K. K. Downing (Judas Priest)
I listened to his playing on Osbourne's albums. He had the potential to become one of the best guitarists ever. Considering he was so young, it's amazing to consider what he accomplished.
Phil Collin (Def Leppard)
When I was getting into the guitar, there were people like Ritchie Blackmore who were so good that when you saw them on-stage they inspired you to go out and buy a guitar. That's what I imagine Randy Rhoads was like for a lot of younger kids. He had such presence on-stage, and he was so talented, that when you saw him you naturally had to be totally impressed by his talent.
I know I have many limitations as a guitarist. That's why I admire somebody like Rhoads so much. He was the type of player that a guitarist like me would like to be. I keep dreaming someday ... someday ...
Here's a great article from KPCC, making a trip to Randy's gravesite: www.scpr.org
Tomorrow (Dec. 8 ) will mark seven years since Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell was killed onstage. Revolvermagazine.com will be posting remembrances of him over the next few days. Today, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello looks back fondly on his time with Dimebag.
Dimebag recorded solos for Anthrax’s 'Stomp 442, Volume 8', and 'We’ve Come for You All' albums. Anthrax's latest album 'Worship Music,' also features the song “In the End,” paying tribute to Dimebag and Ronnie James Dio. The 100th issue of Revolver, available here and on newsstands on December 13, features a free pull-out poster of Dimebag.
“We were so close to him. He was one of us. Dimebag was the sixth member of Anthrax, because he played on the last few records. I thought paying tribute to him in song was a great idea.
“I lost a brother 13 years ago. He was murdered. And then to have Dimebag go in such a bad, traumatic way—he’s one of our brothers. Dimebag was like a brother to me.
“We had a lot of good times. That Anthrax-Pantera tour [in 1997], that was a scary tour. The shows were great. But on that tour, I brought a parasite home with me from Mexico in my stomach. So I couldn’t hold anything in my stomach including liquor. Now imagine being on a Pantera tour without drinking liquor. At one point, it was so bad because everything I put in my body, it was like a funnel–it came right out of my body. So I would have to run from these guys and hide. Because Dime’s chasing me with this Black Tooth [Grin, Dime’s signature drink, which was a shot of Crown Royal or Seagrams 7 with a splash of Coke]. He’d be yelling, ‘Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go!’ So I’m shooting this thing with a beer right after it.
“Dude, I swear to God, as soon as it went in my system, I was right on the bowl. So I laugh at that now, because I remember Dime laughing at me. As soon as I shot the Black Tooth, he’d go, ‘You’ve gotta go now, right?’ And he’d laugh. It was a great time. Of course it was painful for me, but it was a great thing for Dimebag. Those are the things you remember. It’s a time in your life I’ll never forget. I love them and I miss them. Only the good die young.”
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.