The night’s set was filled with Triumph classics and a few well-known covers that included “Rocky Mountain Way,” where Emmett turned over lead vocals to his longtime guitarist and collaborator, Dave Dunlop. Mid song, Rik and Dave started their guitar duel and before too long Rocky Mountain gave way to Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” At this point the crowd was fully engaged, an appropriate time for cuts from “Allied Forces.” Bassist Steve Skingley took the mic for the hard driving anthem, as Rik and Dave dueled it out again. After some fun commentary, Rik introduced “Ordinary Man,” as the next song up. He holds this song in high regard as one of his personal favorites and considers it autobiographical in nature. For me, as a fan, it is one of the many songs in Triumph’s catalog that still gives me goose bumps no matter how many times I hear it, especially in a live setting.
Rik is taking a hiatus from touring. Any updates will be posted here as soon as they are available.