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Hail Triumph

triumph.jpgA lot of people are really excited at the possibility of Triumph performing at Rocklahoma.

The Canadians rockers are already slated to perform the Sweden Rock Festival in June, so Rocklahoma isn't a far fetched idea. Some think these festival appearances mean a full fledged world tour. Time will tell.

Both "Magic Power" and "Lay It On the Line" play constantly on classic rock radio here in Ohio.

If you're not familiar, Rik Emmett plays guitar and sings, Mike Levine plays bass and Gil More plays drums and also sings.

I would say if the rumors are true and Triumph really does headline Rocklahoma, it's a pretty clear indication that the festival will start to move from a 100% Glam format to a more diverse mix of classic rock. I suppose that is fine as long as fans are not alienated.

I found many, many classic clips of Triumph performing live. Most clips are at least 20 years old. Being a child of history, this excites me much. I had no idea Triumph played the U.S. Festival 1983. If only I had a time capsule...

I digress.

Looking over the band's history, I must admit I am humbled. I didn't know Triumph had quite so many songs or fans. Moreover, those fans are rabid. The message board on the band's official website is crazy, as are comments below every YouTube clip.

Here's Triumph performing "Magic Power" live at the 1983 U.S. Festival.

Here's "Lay It On the Line" from the same show:

Rik Emmett kills in both instances. Thoughts?

Reader Comments (10)

Triumph at one point were regarded as being a competitor for Rush. Rik Emmett was a respected enough player that he had a column in 'Guitar Player' magazine.

If you're interested, their performance at the US Festival is available on DVD.
February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
I LOVE TRIUMPH!!!..I saw them in 81 on the allied forces tour..Saxon opened up..and it was great!!..I also have the DVD of them from the US Fest and it rocks!!..Hope they tour again..I would love to see them again..Thanks for the great article Allyson =)
February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
I would rather keep Rocklahoma as a glam festival then moving to a classic rock format, but whatever happens happens and I could see that happening.
February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMakel
i think triumph will fit in fine at rocklahoma there music in the 80s wasnt that far off from glam, thunder 7 and sport of kings and surveillance all fit well into the 80s, lookin forward to a world tour also i hate to say it but edge of excess probably triumphs best cd even without rick emmett if you never heard it give it a listen with an open mind
February 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterglam rocker archie
I'm more excited about the shows that are coming nearby...Endeverafter and Airbourne in Lexington in April, and ZO2 with Broken Teeth (featuring Jason McMaster from Dangerous Toys) in May.
February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Being from Toronto...I grew up listening to Triumph. I was lucky enough to see them play a couple of times at Maple Leaf Gardens. They were amazing. A reunion tour would be awesome!
February 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVicky
Triumph is an excellent band. Pick up the LIVE AT US FESTIVAL CD & DVD, they are superb. The band redid the entire catalog and it's available thru their website. Rik Emmett has said that festivals are the norm for 2008 with a world tour in 2009.

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I saw Triumph several times and was never disappointed.
Rik Emmett is one of the best guitarists, in my opinion and that voice, incredible! These guys know how to Rock!
October 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTriumph Fan
i listen to triumph song a lot never been bored .

since 1982 until now the song melodey seems to never other band voices rock like triumph -rock n rool never die just never die
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