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The US Festival took place on Memorial Day Weekend, outdoors in San Bernardino, California on Sunday May 29th, 1983. Fighting the fierce 115°F heat on “Heavy Metal Day” TRIUMPH performed to an overwhelming estimate of 375,000 people.

Celebrate this historic anniversary by purchasing the US FESTIVAL BUNDLE!

TRIUMPH US Festival - Vintage Merch Bundle
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– (NEW!) Vintage US Festival Tee
– Live at the US Festival – 2Disc CD/DVD
– Live at the US Festival – DVD

(includes behind the scenes look at how TRIUMPH’s live shows are put together, lighting, pyro, smoke, lightening techniques and MORE!)

The US Festival was intended to be a celebration of evolving technologies; a marriage of music, computers, television and people. Heavy Metal Sunday Featured: TRIUMPH, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot & Van Halen.

“It was the day new wave died and rock n’ roll took over” – Vince Neil, Mötley Crüe.

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Triumph’s performance footage from the US Festival from May 29, 1983, remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound. Special bonus footage includes 3 Audio Options (DTS, 5.1 Dolby Digital, 2.0 Dolby Digital), the music videos “Spellbound” & “Follow Your Heart” (also remixed in 5.1 Surround), “Inside the Rock and Roll Machine (a 40 minute Rockumentary highlighting the Triumph arena rock show) and a 2003 interview with Gil Moore and Mike Levine. Triumph performs live at the Us Festival which took place in California in 1983. Includes: “Allied Forces,” “Lay It on the Line,” “Never Surrender,” “Magic Power,” “World of Fantasy,” “Rock and Roll Machine,” “When the Lights Go Down,” “Fight the Good Fight,” “Spellbound” and “Follow Your Heart.”

(2004) Sanctuary Records

70 Minutes  $19.99
Directed by Tom O’Neil
Video: Full Frame (1.33.1)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1; DTS 5.1
Subtitles: None
Packaging: Keepcase
Chapter Stops: 12
Region 1
 For a band that hasn’t performed together since the late 1980s, TRIUMPH has been keeping a high profile in the music scene. The original line-up consisting of Gil Moore (drums, vocals), Mike Levine (bass), and Rik Emmett (guitars, vocals), have struck a deal with IRON MAIDEN’s record label, Santcuary Music, to re-master and re-release TRIUMPH’s back catalog of CD’s and home videos. Back in their day, the Canadian power trio known as TRIUMPH earned a reputation as a killer live musical act. During the peak of their success, Moore, Levine, and Emmett headlined major venues throughout the states and beyond. Ever when their creativity began dwindling (with the SPORT OF KINGS album), TRIUMPH still packed the arenas based on their live musical reputation, and their wonderful hit songs they’ve composed over the years, like Lay It On The Line, Magic Power, Fight the Good Fight, Never Surrender, and others. Already, Sanctuary has released their early live performance TRIUMPH: LIVE AT THE US FESTIVAL on DVD, and now less than six months later comes a completely re-mastered version of their 1987 live extravaganza, TRIUMPH: A NIGHT OF TRIUMPH. Not bad for a band that hasn’t performed together in over a decade.TRIUMPH: A NIGHT OF TRIUMPH captures the band live at the Metro Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The concert was performed on September January 16, and the band was in support of their just released SPORT OF KINGS album. Together Gil Moore, Mike Levine, and Rik Emmett perform a razor-sharp set of their best material in front of 10,000 screaming mad Canadian rock fans:

  • Tears in the Rain
  • Somebody’s Out There Somewhere
  • Allied Forces
  • Lay It on the Line
  • Midsummer’s Night Daydream
  • Follow Your Heart
  • Take a Stand
  • Spellbound
  • Magic Power
  • Rock & Roll Machine
  • Rocky Mountain Way
  • Fight the Good Fight

If you are a TRIUMPH fan, then you are well aware of the band’s penchant for composing complex power rock arrangements, highlighted by the musicianship of Moore, Levine, and especially guitar-wizard Rik Emmett. For this concert, additional guitar shores are handled by fellow Canadian Rick Santers. TRIUMPH: A NIGHT OF TRIUMPH showcases all that the group has to offer. Gil Moore delivers his super-tight drum beats that sometimes border on thrash during the faster songs, while delivering his unique vocal stylings. Mike Levine provides the bass and comic relief for this set. And Rik Emmett steals the show with his classically influenced guitar playing that alternates between heavy precision riffing and acoustic picking. And don’t forget that Emmett has a soaring vocal style that’ll make the hairs on your neck stand up. His high-pitched singing perfectly cuts through the progressive power sounds of TRIUMPH. Most of the songs during this show are on the heavy side, with the exception of a few lighter radio-friendly tunes from THE SPORT OF KINGS album, like Somebody’s Out There, Take a Stand, and the sub-par Tears in the Rain. Much like the band BOSTON, TRIUMPH have a reputation of being a highly technical band in terms of their equipment and stage show. So you’ll see Emmett play a variety of guitars including a radical double neck. And they poured millions into their stage show, which you’ll experience during this concert. Considering that today’s bands don’t bother with a stage show anymore, TRIUMPH: A NIGHT OF TRIUMPH is a treat for that reason alone.

Sanctuary Records presents TRIUMPH: A NIGHT OF TRIUMPH in the original 1.33.1 full frame ratio. This live performance was professionally shot on videotape, with some multiple camera setups that add to the ‘energy’ of a TRIUMPH performance. The color is fully saturated and even in the darker lighting, you can make out the presence of Gill Moore, Mike Levine, and Rik Emmett. In addition to capturing the band live on stage, the presentation showcases the million dollar stage show and laser effects. The original stereo soundtrack has been re-mastered to Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtracks. Both soundtracks are distortion free with crystal clear fidelity. Naturally, the DTS 5.1 provides a bit more depth and imaging. Though both tracks offer exceptional depth and precision, the actual surround activity (sound field panning) is lacking. And it sounds like Gil Moore’s drumming was a bit down-mixed. A good audio presentation, but not great. From the Special Features menu, you can access a Photo Gallery. There is also a behind the scenes documentary called BackStage at the Spectrum, which examines the group backstage at a Philadelphia Spectrum THUNDER 7 performance circa 1985. Also included are two bonus music videos, a live rendition of When the Lights Go Down (culled from TRIUMPH: LIVE AT THE US FESTIVAL), and the promotional video for Just One Night. Both videos are presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

TRIUMPH: A NIGHT OF TRIUMPH is a great celebration to the career of Rik Emmet, Mike Levine, and Gil Moore. This disc contains all the band’s best songs and biggest hits. Whether you are a fan of TRIUMPH or a new comer to their music, you’ll learn what happens when true musicianship meets power rock. About the only downside to the concert is some of the fashions from the pozer friendly 1986 music scene, and one of the biggest fashion victims of the decade is bass player Mike Levine, who jumps around on-stage clad in a bright red jumpsuit that would make Sammy Hagar (the Red Rocker himself) turn tail and run. That is why I stated earlier that Mike Levine provides (unintentional) humor to the show. But, Santuary’s TRIUMPH: A NIGHT OF TRIUMPH is wonderfully presented with worthy extras and a superior Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 sound mixes. Well after viewing this DVD my fellow rock fans, I leave you with this parting thought: Do I smell a TRIUMPH reunion in the near future?

 TRIUMPH: A NIGHT OF TRIUMPH is available from

Artist: Triumph
Title: Live At The US Festival (1983/2003)
Genre: Rock/ Hard, Progressive, Art, Heavy Metal
Formats: DVD/CD & Limited Edition DVD
Label: TML

I have not heard these great rock songs in a long time. They all sound as good now as they did when they first came out. Rik Emmett (guitars/vocals), Gil Moore (drums/vocals) and Mike Levine (bass/keyboards) are Triumph, a vastly underrated band in comparison to the other famous trio hailing from Canada, Rush. They did not make their name by having any hit singles; it took them time to gather their audience through endless live performances. On this CD and DVD, the live performances are the focus. The results of all that hard work unfold before your ears and eyes leaving no doubt of the importance of Triumph as a major force in recorded rock music

Live At The US Festival is a remastered version of the original concert held before a half million people in 1983 in the burning heat of the Southern California desert ( It is now available in glorious 5.1 surround sound and you have the option of choosing two different formats of Dolby if you wish as well. This is quite a package. It seems to be more of common occurrence to get a DVD with a CD now. The competition to fill the consumers need for a more complete entertainment package is becoming more challenging for the media market; however, it can provide a nice vehicle for bands and labels to sell other titles in their catalog.

The CD includes a limited edition DVD, which is a teaser for the full length DVD. I listened to the CD first, which got me all pumped up for watching the concert. The bonus DVD did exactly what it was supposed to do…whet my appetite for more.

The sound is enormous and the video quality absolutely perfected. I did not see any inconsistencies throughout my viewing of this DVD, which I find amazing considering my personal experiences with the format.

The performances presented are fantastic. What an awe-inspiring and authoritative trio Triumph is. They have two equally fantastic rock ‘n’ roll voices with Rik Emmet and Gil Moore. Considering there are only three people in the band, the odds are that every song you hear will be enjoyable is a certainty. I really enjoyed the special feature rockumentary as well. I had a chance to understand the band better by hearing what they had to say about their career and the way they felt about their fans. I have to say that I was impressed with their attitudes. They all feel that they should give their best to their audience every performance because each person that attends a concert is a paying customer. If more bands had that attitude, when they became successful, breakups and over-inflated egos would not be the cause of such unrest. They are a great example
of success story made on the road and being true to one’s self and art.


1.    Allied Forces
2.    Lay It on the Line
3.    Never Surrender
4.    Magic Power
5.    World of Fantasy
6.    Rock & Roll Machine
7.    When the Lights Go Down
8.    Fight the Good Fight
9.    Spellbound
10.  Follow Your Heart

Limited Edition DVD

1. Fight The Good Fight
2. Spellbound
3. Follow Your Heart


1.    Allied Forces
2.    Lay It on the Line
3.    Never Surrender
4.    Magic Power
5.    World of Fantasy
6.    Rock & Roll Machine
7.    When the Lights Go Down
8.    Fight the Good Fight
9.    When The Lights Go Down
* Plus US Festival interviews and event footage

Special Features
? Three audio options: Remixed from the original
masters in 5.1 DTS
? 2003 Interview with Mike Levine & Gil Moore
? Bonus Videos: Spellbound & Follow Your Heart
? Inside the Rock and Roll Machine – A 40 minute
Rockumentary highlighting the explosive Triumph
arena rock show

Rating-  5 / 5

Triumph Is:

Rik Emmett-Guitars/Vocals
Gil Moore-Drums/Vocals
Mike Levine- Bass/Keyboards