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Flashback Rik Emmett Concert Review 2/10/07

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Rik played in a rather large pool hall/sports bar that had a really nice stage and held about 300 people. I am pretty sure it was sold out as it was packed in there.

I got there around 6 and the doors were open at 7.

The opening band was metal cover band from San Antonio called Incoming. It was one of the worst things I have ever witnessed. The singer was awful and so was the drummer. I couldn’t wait for them to leave. For their final song, the singer says, “Anyone want to hear some Metallica?” Of course a lot of people cheered. He said, “Sweet. We’re gonna play Am I Evil.” In the brief part of silence after he said that, I shouted, “That’s a Diamondhead song, not Metallica!” I was 3 feet from the stage.  He turned around and shot an evil glare at the crowd. Funny. I was just glad that they were leaving.

Rik comes on about 45 minutes later. He walks on stage to cheers, grabs a Yamaha Pacifica guitar, walks to the mic and sings, “It’s the same old story, all over again.” The crowd went crazy, including me. I adore that song. He played almost all Triumph songs which was a bit of a let down for

Rik Emmett and his signature Dean guitar

me as he has some great solo work to choose from. I was a bit surprised that they played Allied Forces as it was a song that Gil Moore sang. The bass player took the vocals duties on this one and sounded great. I was really surprised to see that there were that many Triumph fans still around. I was very close to the stage for the first 5 songs of the show and then decided that I wanted to go and find a seat for a little while. My legs were killing me from standing all night the night before and from the wait that evening.

After the show, we were allowed backstage with our handy-dandy passes. I saw Rik’s drummer when I was walking back and said, “Great set, Randy.” The dude hugged me. “Thanks, man!” hahahaha.  I let the crowd attack Rik for a while then went up to get him to sign my book and some CD covers. I asked him to sign the book first and if he felt like it, sign some CD covers. Of course I brought 21 CD covers with me. He signed 4 of them and we chatted a bit about seeing him in 86 with Malmsteen opening up. I thanked him, hugged him and got a photo with him.

Triumph is one of my all-time favorite bands and to be able to see Rik up close and personal like that was awesome.

When I walked away, his drummer, Randy Cooke, caught me again. “You have Rik’s solo CDs with you? I want to sign them.” Of course I obliged

Me and Randy Cooke

and we talked for a long time. He is an incredible drummer and a really nice guy. One of my best friends wanted to come to the show but his job sent him to India for 2 weeks and had to miss it. I had Randy leave a message on my friend’s cellphone voicemail so that he’ll have a nice surprise when he gets back. It was a pretty funny message.

It was a great night but the drive home was getting harder as it was getting late and I was still worn out from the night before.

Setlist, in order:

Lay It On The Line
Somebody’s Out There
Saved By Love
Allied Forces
Fight The Good Fight
Midsummer’s Daydream
Acoustic jam with his guitar player
Blinding Light Show
Hold On
Clouds Across The Moon (from Swing Shift)
Drum solo
Extended electric guitar jam between Rik and his guitar player
Encore: 10 minute version of Magic Power

Rik Emmett and Me


Rik Emmett

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December 10, 2010 at 9:37 am

My Life With Triumph

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I first heard Triumph in 1981 when Fight the Good Fight and Magic Power were on the radio quite often. I was hooked instantly and bought their albums when I could find them. They are still in my top 5 or 10 all-time favorite bands. There has been talk of a reunion. If it happens, I hope they do a studio album and not just tour. Rik Emmett = deity.

Triumph – 1976
Half of this album ended up on Rock an Roll Machine. For the non R&RM tracks, What’s Another Day of Rock and Roll is the standout. Not a shabby debut.

Rock and Roll Machine – 1977
I detest their version of Rock Mountain Way as well as the original. There are 2 versions of this album…one for the US and one for Caaaanada. The City and Little Texas Shaker are cool tracks from the Canuck version but I prefer the US track listing better. One thing that will become a theme throughout this review is my dislike for most of Gil Moore’s songs. This album is no exception. Rocky Mountain Way, the title track and 24 Hours a Day (credited to Emmett) suck.

Just a Game – 1979
This is probably my favorite Triumph album. Like most of their albums, this one has some goofy songs, but overall it’s a gem. American Girls (Moore) sucks. Standout tracks are Just a Game, Hold On and Lay It on the Line. This also included some fancy guitar work by Rik in the form of Fantasy Serenade.

Progressions of Power – 1980
I’ve always considered this a “WTF” album by Triumph. GOOFY. Standout tracks are Hard Road, Take My Heart, Woman in Love and In the Night. The rest of the album sort of blows. Friggin’ Gil Moore.
5/10 (Hard Road is AWESOME)

Allied Forces – 1981
This was a good answer to the crap pile that was Progressions of Power. Other than Fool for your Love and Hot Time (In this City Tonight), this album is pretty badass. Magic Power, Fight the Good Fight, Ordinary Man and Say Goodbye are brilliant. Even Gil Moore couldn’t ruin this one.

Never Surrender – 1983
This is a pretty good album, but a bit dark and moody IMHO. I love World of Fantasy, Writing on the Wall and All the Way. Overall it’s not one of theirs that I listen to regularly, but it’s not bad. It just never made it to a regular rotation. By the way, Too Much Thinking sucks (Gil Moore). ha

Thunder Seven – 1984
I never got into this album. While I love Spellbound and Follow Your Heart, the rest never caught on with me. It’s not a bad album but it’s another that I don’t regularly listen to.

Sport of Kings – 1986
I friggin’ LOVE this album. Yeah, it’s a bit cheesy (Somebody’s Out There) but I can’t explain why this one became one of my faves. I saw this tour with Yngwie opening as well. There’s not a bad one on here, not even Gil’s songs. Emmett’s soloing on this album was better than his average.

Surveillance – 1987
Another Triumph record that I never quite got into but I feel I should spin it again for old time’s sake. The one song that stands out on here for me is All the King’s Horses. The soloing between Emmett and Steve Morse is killer.

Edge of Excess – 1993
WTF? Exit Rik Emmett, enter Phil X. Too bad. I guess this album wouldn’t be so bad if they had changed their name. When I see the name Triumph on an album, I want to hear Rik Emmet.

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December 21, 2008 at 4:45 am