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Poor David’s Pub
Dallas, Texas
Nov. 20, 2009
Reviewed by: PJK

Andy Schmidt from Stir played for about 45 minutes and I was duly impressed. I would describe his style of music as Grey’s Anatomy or Ghost Whisperer type music. You know the type where some slow, pensive and melodic music ends the show. His music was somewhat simplistic and predictable but he was passionate and has a pretty darn good voice. Great job by Don to use him as an opener.

Then the Troubs hit the stage not more than 15 minutes after Andy and you could immediately tell a dynamic shift in momentum. They started with Middle Ground and continued on for 2 sets! They actually got finished around 11:15 I believe. Rik was very entertaining in his story telling and the crowd was VERY supportive! The Troubs played their typical set list which included new stuff off the Push Pull album and of course there was the obligatory Triumph material which included, Magic Power (which he dedicated to the troops fighting in Afghanistan) Ordinary Man, Lay It on the Line, Suitcase Blues and Hold On.


“All I have to say is what an AWESOME show (but does that really surprise you?)!”
~ PJK ~


I have to admit, I am thoroughly impressed with Dave Dunlop! He’s a terrific guitarist and compliments Rik both musically and on stage, very nicely! He also seems like a down to earth type of individual. He signed his autograph to my wife as “the other guy”. This guy can shred, and on a classical guitar no less! It’s easy to understand why he was part of the Triumph reunion, he and Rik must be soul mates.

Don Wishon was our promoter for this event and he deserves 2 thumbs up along with a keg of beer, a few shots and any other party material you can think of along with hugs, a massage, affirmation and a good old fashioned pat on the back! He did a GREAT job in organizing this event! We arrived about 15 minutes late for Andy Schmidt but true to his word, our table was waiting, dead center, second row back, can’t beat that! He worked his butt off and I cannot help but think that Rik, Dave and Spud would not want to work with Don in the future. Don is exactly what Rik (et al) wants in a promoter! My hats off to you Don!

Feel good moment for Triumph fans:

Rik dedicated Suitcase Blues to one individual but also to Gil and Mike. He mentioned a little bit about the bad blood that existed for years (although he didn’t go into details) but he also mentioned that he is excited about the reconciliation along with the fact that that they have become friends again.

The story goes that when he presented Gil and Mike with Suitcase Blues for the JAG album that they didn’t understand how this Jazz song could be on a rock album. Gil and Mike also understood ‘how that song COULD NOT be on the album so the said ‘go for it’. Because of that decision Rik credited Mike and Gil for the solo career that he has today because that allowed Rik to show off his diversity! (Put a smile to my face!)

All in all a great show by the Troubs!

Rik keeps ‘the fire burning’ for all Triumph fans so if you have the chance, go see him! He will not only impress, but he he will satisfy that proverbial Triumph itch… at least for a little while…

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Originally posted Nov. 1 2009
Written by Tracey Lukasik

Rik Emmett

Photo courtesy backstageaxxess.com

The intimate setting of the Bear’s Den was the place to be Thursday night as guitarist Rik Emmett and his band delivered a tight set of Triumph classics interspersed with a couple of smooth jazz instrumentals and a fantastic cover of the timeless Clapton hit, “Layla.”

Rik’s right hand man (and fellow accomplished guitarist) Dave Dunlop, served as a sparing partner throughout the night as they playful challenged each other in a “riff-off,” if you will, while also entertaining the crowd with comedic dialogue. As Emmett recanted a story where he needed to use supplies from his “first aid kit,” to ease the discomfort of raw finger nail, Dunlop referred to the kit as Rik’s “purse.” Rik got his revenge moments later when Dunlop’s cord kept falling loose from the jack of his guitar resulting in amplified “thuds” right at the climax of the “Midsummer’s Daydream.” Emmett teased with, “Dave, every kid in a garage band knows you weave your cord through the guitar strap!” The crowd chuckled and the boys called it even.  This minor technical difficulty was the only hiccup in an otherwise flawless evening of incredible guitar playing by both Emmett and Dunlop. Despite the cord incident, “Midsummer’s Daydream” was a crisp and clean harmonic delight as the duo played this instrumental number in jaw-dropping synchronicity.

Rik went on to provide a blistering solo at the end of “Three Clouds Across the Moon,” that resulted in a standing ovation that lasted until the band returned for their sole encore, “Magic Power.” Before taking a final bow, Emmett instructed the crowd to “Hold on to the power with everything you’ve got!” It was apparent to all in attendance that he has definitely taken his own advice!

Lay it on the Line
Somebody’s Out There
Allied Forces
Rocky Mountain Way
Fight the Good Fight
Red Hot
Midsummer’s Daydream
Hold On
3 Clouds

Magic Power

We would like to thank Rick Wharton for allowing us to cover the show. Please stay tuned for an exclusive video interview that was conducted before the show with Rik right here on Backstageaxxess.com.