Triumph Ready To Do It Again At Sweden Rock


May 30, 2008

The members of iconic Mississauga rock band Triumph are polishing up a few gems for fans who are planning to be in the rumbleseat when Canada’s rock and roll machine drives down memory lane on both sides of the Atlantic.

Over the past four weeks, drummer Gil Moore, guitarist Rik Emmett and bassist Mike Levine have done their level best to put their tumultuous past behind them during intense rehearsals for scheduled performances at two major summer rock festivals. They will play together for the first time in 20 years next month in Sweden. If they survive that, they’ll reprise the comeback five weeks later in Oklahoma.

During a rehearsal at Moore’s legendary Metalworks studios today, the band members openly discussed their troubles of the past in a good-natured way.

“I can’t wait to break up again and start the process all over,” Moore said after the band had ripped through 11 of their classic hits back-to-back. They sounded like they have never been apart as they ran through unforgettable Cancon giants as Magic Power, Never Surrender and When The Lights Go Down.

They also will perform a couple of tunes — I Live For The Weekend and Blinding Light Show — that date back to the band’s earliest days.

Finally, they even have a few surprises up their collective sleeves for the hard-core fans. The arrangements for a couple of numbers, such as the anthemic Rock and Roll Machine, have been reworked to give the songs a 2008 feel … all the while keeping true to their rock roots.

“We’re not in it for the money,” Emmett said. “It’s about brotherhood and having fun. This has been an adventure. We promised ourselves when we first started that, when the fun was over, the journey would end. And the journey’s not over yet.”

June 7 at the Sweden Rock Festival in Solvesborg, the band will headline a three-day show with classic rock legends including Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Poison and White Snake. Also on the slate are Blue Oyster Cult, the Electric Light Orchestra, Joe Satriani, former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley and many more.

Triumph takes the stage on the last day of the festival (June 7). For more information visit

They’ll fly back for a July 11 performance at Rocklahoma in Tulsa, where they will join Extreme, Lita Ford, Night Ranger and XYZ. The festival runs July 10-13. For more information visit

Guitarist Dave Dunlop, who normally tours with Emmett, will accompany Triumph and perform on stage.

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