Triumph gets offers to play every year, says Mike Levine

TRIUMPH Gets Offers to Play Every Year, Says MIKE LEVINE

In a recent interview with “The Daily Derringer Podcast”, bassist Mike Levine from Canadian rock legends TRIUMPH was asked if the band’s reunion in 2008 in Sweden Rock Festival and rocklahoma were intended as a warm-up for a more extensive tour as they were always intended as the group’s final performances. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “There was bad blood going on between [guitarist/vocalist] Rik [Emmett] and [drummer] Gilic [Moore] and I. And we decided it had to stop because we had too much love for each other over the years. And it just didn’t make sense that we couldn’t keep playing, or at least be friends. So we decided, ‘What a great idea. Let’s go play some shows.’ So we got the call from Sweden asking, ‘Would you consider playing?’ They read that Rik and Gilic and I was talking and getting along. And they called our agent and offered us a bunch of dough to go and play there, which we decided, ‘Um, let’s do it. Maybe we can get a good buzz back in our musical life.’ And speaking of good routing – two weeks after that we played in Oklahoma, a big outdoor show there. So you go, ‘Hmm, Sweden and Oklahoma. They really go together. What are we going to do with the trucks?’ [Laughs]”

He continued: “But the shows went well. And we decided, ‘You know what? Maybe we should tour. Let’s go see.’ So the cops got to work and put a lot of dates and buildings on hold, so it was like, ‘That sounds pretty good.’ Except when the recession hit and it was bad for music and touring and stuff and we had to put all the plans on the table And that took a few years And in a few years it was like we were a few years older, [and we thought]”Maybe it’s not such a good idea to go out.” It’s a lot of work and it’s going to cost a lot of money, and six months of our lives to prepare for it, not counting the life on the road. So we decided, ‘Um, let’s just put that on the table and see what happens.’ So every year we get offers to play, and every year we say, ‘Thank you, but no, thanks.’ So maybe one of these days we’ll do something.”

Four years later, a DVD of Sweden’s historic performance in 2008 was made available.

Created by Banger Movies, “Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine” is a longing original documentary previously described as “a celebratory, thrilling ride through the history of one of rock’s most unsung acts.” The movie includes: TRIUMPHfrom humble beginnings as a staple of the GTA circuit in the mid-’70s to their heyday as itinerant juggernauts, sold out arenas and stadiums across North America with their legendary spectacular live shows – and beyond.

TRIUMPH last performed at an invite-only event in November 2019 in front of 300 “super fans” at metalworking studio in Mississauga (a suburb of Toronto), Ontario, Canada. Levine, Emmett and Moore played a set of three songs that marked TRIUMPH‘s first performance in 11 years, as well as his first as a pure three-piece power trio in 31 years. The songs played were: “When the Lights Go Out”, “Put It on the Line” and “Magic Power”.

Moore, Levine and Emmett formed TRIUMPH in 1975, their mix of heavy riff-rockers with progressive odysseys, laced with thoughtful, inspiring lyrics and virtuoso guitar playing quickly made them a household name in Canada. folk songs like “Put It on the Line”, “Magic Power” and “Fight the Right Fight” broke them in the US, and they gathered a legion of fiercely passionate fans. But as a band that suddenly broke up at the height of their popularity, TRIUMPH missed an opportunity to thank those loyal and devoted fans, a foundation that is still active today, three decades later.

Back in 2016, Moore and Levine reunited with Rik as special guests at the “RES9” album by Emmettthe band SOLUTION9.

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