Triumph tribute album with Mike Clink producing and “five star version” box set are in the works
Triumph drummer and vocalist Gil Moore was recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon for Canada’s The Metal Voice. Back in 1978, Moore established a music recording studio called Metalworks, which is located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and where such albums as Guns N’ Roses‘ Use Your Illusion have been recorded.
In terms of the recording sessions for Use Your Illusion, Moore recalled (with slight edits): “I guess the thing that I remember which was the biggest impact for me was meeting producer Michael Clink (Guns N Roses, Use Your Illusion). Mike worked with Triumph just before he worked with Guns. That is why Guns ended up coming to Metalworks; because of Mike Clink bringing them there. We’ve worked together off and on right until this day and in fact in 2021, a Triumph tribute album will be released and the producer of the tribute album is none other than Mike Clink. As far as the members of Guns N’ Roses at Metalworks, Duff, I remember, was absolutely the most kind of outgoing, gregarious, slap you on the back, hang out kind of guy. And Axl was definitely in his own space, he did some very unique drawings in the lounge and on the console, they got photographs, he was constantly doing artwork all the time. But they were good guys. A lot of the stories you hear in the press about debauchery and so on, there was nothing of that. Mike Clink is a very matter of fact record producer. He is like, ‘We are going to start at this time and go to that time’ and he got to accomplish something everyday. Mike is a good sergeant of arms to keep a band in line and I think that is why he lasted so long with Guns N’ Roses because he was the guy who was able to keep the platoon marching forward. He had that talent.”
On whether there will be new or unreleased music from Triumph in the future, Moore indicated: “They just released not too long ago the 120 gram version of Allied Forces and next up is the (Triumph) tribute album that I mentioned with Mike Clink (producer) and the tribute album is going to have some fantastic guests on it including a return of Phil X. I’m going to guess that the tribute album is going to be out maybe the spring of 2021. Mike Clink was starting to record it in Los Angeles in July 2020 but was having trouble getting studio availability cause of Covid but he will be starting up this month, [in] August 2020. And on top of that, I know that there is a (Triumph) box set being put together by Round Hill Records that is going to be a blockbuster. There has never been a really thorough big box set done on Triumph and this one is going to be a five star version. They are just working on the artwork and I know they are going to be looking for unusual aspects in terms of recordings and it will definitely contain vinyl. How much vinyl, I don’t know.”
You can read other excerpts of the interview with Gil Moore at The Metal Voice‘s website and/or listen to the interview below: