Banger Films has confirmed that it is working on “Triumph: Lay It On The Line”, a feature-length documentary about Canadian rock legends TRIUMPH.
In the spirit of the film, the band is giving fans a unique opportunity to attend a special event that will be filmed for the doc on Saturday, November 16, in the Greater Toronto Area.
It’s a chance for fans to explore the story of the group, hang with the band themselves and more than that, it’s a chance for TRIUMPH to say thank you and give some closure to the fans who have stuck with them for over thirty years.
Capacity for the event is extremely limited. Fans interested in attending should contact us at TriumphEvent@bangerfilms.com for information on how they can be a part of this momentous event.
Banger Films‘ previous documentaries include two on heavy metal, 2006’s “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” and 2008’s “Global Metal”, 2010’s “Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage”, 2009’s “Iron Maiden: Flight 666” and 2014’s “Super Duper Alice Cooper”, as well as the TV documentary miniseries “Metal Evolution”.
Last fall, TRIUMPH drummer Gil Moore told the “Ouch, You’re On My Hair” podcast about the upcoming documentary: “Banger Films are really the bomb when it comes to these band documentaries. They just finished ZZ TOP, and TRIUMPH is right behind ZZ TOP. And previously did RUSH and they did THE TRAGICALLY HIP. They did ‘Super Duper Alice Cooper’, which everybody’s probably seen that one now. And they also did IRON MAIDEN. So we’re next in that series. And it talks a lot about the US Festival, it talks about San Antonio [where the band developed a a huge regional following], it talks about the issues, later on in our career, with the record label. It talks about all that stuff.”
Moore, who owns Canada’s largest music recording studio — Metalworks — and since 2005 has run a veritable “school of rock” in the same 50,000 square-foot facility in Mississauga, Ontario, was also asked if there is any chance of TRIUMPH ever playing shows again.
“It’s really, really hard to say,” he responded. “I don’t bullshit; I just tell you the truth and where it’s at. Times change, and I’ve gotten into a whole different career with Metalworks… Metalworks was originally a little recording studio with 10 people and now Metalworks has got a hundred employees, and it’s a big operation, so I’m kind of tied down with that. I’m tied down in a good way. When I say ‘tied down,’ I’m doing what I love. My oldest daughter is the controller to the company, and I get to work with her every day. So that’s my thing. It just comes down to hours in a day.”
He continued: “I love TRIUMPH. I’m not gonna say that we won’t play again. It kind of tears at my heartstrings, to be honest with you. I wish I could get 36 hours in a day instead of 24 and keep my drum chops up and do that kind of thing. Now, Rik [Emmett, guitar/vocals] just, in the last two or three days, he told me he’s gonna play through the end of December and then he’s gonna kind of wrap it up, for the most part, in terms of traveling and playing gigs.
“I know Live Nation approached us… They had lunch with Mike [Levine, bass] and I about six weeks ago. They want us to do a big show in Toronto next summer. And we [said], ‘We’re not rehearsed. We don’t have a touring show.’ [And they told us] ‘We’ll put something together — maybe a ‘Triumph And Friends’ [concert].’
“I never wanna say ‘no’ to it,” Gil added. “I know that if we would get together, it would be for charity — that would be the motivation to do it; it would have to be charity of one sort or another. But honest to God, I can’t promise anything. I’m not gonna B.S. you guys, I’m not gonna B.S. any TRIUMPH fans. Really, whatever will be will be, and I, Gil Moore, cannot predict how the ball will bounce.”
Back in 2016, Moore and Levine reunited with Rik as special guests on the “RES 9” album from Emmett‘s band RESOLUTION9.
After 20 years apart, Emmett, Levine and Moore played at the 2008 editions of the Sweden Rock Festival and Rocklahoma. A DVD of the historic Sweden performance was made available four years later.
Emmett has said in various interviews over the years that he would welcome the chance to play TRIUMPH songs with Moore and Levine again but that those two have been reluctant to commit. “If the carrot was big enough and golden enough, I think it would make Mike and Gil, but especially Gil, do it,” Emmett told the QMI Agency back in 2012.