The classic TRIUMPH lineup — Rik Emmett, Mike Levine and Gil Moore — could not have selected a better way to reunite after a two-decade absence, with what will undoubtedly be a show-stopping appearance at the 2008 Sweden Rock Festival.
Held over a four-day span (June 4-7), the Sweden Rock Festival has been an annual event since 1992, and over the past few years, has been held in Norje, outside of Sölvesborg. This year's festival is featuring one of its strongest lineups ever — in addition to TRIUMPH's highly anticipated appearance, such renowned groups as JUDAS PRIEST, DEF LEPPARD, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, and WHITESNAKE (among others) have also been confirmed.
"We have had TRIUMPH in mind for many years and hoped that they would play together again one day," said Ingolf Persson of Sweden Rock Festival. "When we saw TRIUMPH was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall Of Fame, then read some statements from the members that 'maybe one day we will do something together again,' we jumped in with an immediate offer — and it looks like we're helping write some new history! A fantastic band with so many classic albums is just what Sweden Rock Festival is all about. I am very proud to be able to present this band at this year's Sweden Rock Festival. I'm just one of many fans that are looking forward to this fantastic show."
As one of the godfathers of prog metal and leading lights of arena rock, TRIUMPH formed in 1975, and built a large and loyal fanbase by the late '70s on the strength of their non-stop touring schedule throughout Canada and the USA and the success of their classic albums, "Rock & Roll Machine" and "Just A Game".
But it was in the 1980s when TRIUMPH truly became a force to be reckoned with, as a string of gold/platinum-certified albums ("Progressions of Power", "Allied Forces", "Never Surrender" and "Thunder Seven") and classic hits ("Fight the Good Fight", "Magic Power", "Lay It On The Line") solidified the group as one of rock's top concert attractions.
With their music continuing to live on during their absence, fans will now finally get the opportunity to catch this live legend on stage once more.