Rik Emmett found fame as the guitarist and vocalist for Canadian hard rock band Triumph. Writing hits like “Magic Power” and “Fight The Good Fight,” Rik and Triumph went on to sell more than 15 million records and achieve superstardom all over the world. Rik has just released his memoir titled Lay It On The Line, and he comes to the Dr. Music podcast to talk about everything between the covers, and then some!
Rik Emmett is an absolutely wonderful human, and a guy that will answer every question in detail. He is a great communicator and conversationalist, and this unedited interview is a reflection of that. I decided to leave every detail and tangent of this conversation in place because, I believe, it shows the warm spirit of who Rik Emmett really is, and I really think the hardcore fan will want to hear what Rik has to say. We discuss dogs and life stuff, we talk about other people’s music, we talk about normal things that ordinary men experience. And yeah, we talk about Triumph.
“Lay It On The Line” from the US Festival ’83:
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Hello everyone! My name is Scott Itter, but some know me as Dr. Music. I am a music journalist and photographer out of the Chicagoland area, and I have been in practice for over 20 years. I grew up in the 70’s with two big brothers that showed me all kinds of rock and roll. As I grew older I ventured out into different genres like jazz, funk, folk, and whatever else I could wrap my ears around. As I read every liner note and every Circus and Hit Parader like they were the Old and New Testament, I came to realize that I just love sound and appreciate all the people that create it.
I later became a stay-at-home dad and started honing my writing and photography skills to keep my mind from turning into mashed peas. My kids are now adults, my mind is only slightly mushy, and I am thrilled to have the honor of presenting my work to you!