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Rik Emmett plays RUSH - Red BarchettaFor the first time Rik Emmett of the classic Canadian rock power trio TRIUMPH sang and played guitar in a unique “virtual collaboration” with a member of another legendary Canadian rock power trio, Rush. Rik performed as a guest artist with fantasy rock band “Sonic Elements” on a cover of the song ‘Red Barchetta’ which features drums performed by legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart via a music software sample library called “Neil Peart Drums” by Sonic Reality. Dave Kerzner, CEO and founder of Sonic Reality, put together a unique music project called “Sonic Elements” where various singers and musicians of progressive rock perform and record along with sampled musical elements from the music software Sonic Reality creates for musicians.

“At Sonic Reality we record (aka “sample”) the sounds of musical instruments and drum grooves so that musicians can use these deluxe sound elements in their own music on the computer or mobile devices.” says Kerzner “I created the Sonic Elements music project to not only show what these inspiring Sonic Reality sounds are like in musical context but to also explore giving songs an alternate reality with different fantasy combinations of musicians and authentic sounds.”

A premium example of such a fantasy rock scenario is ‘Red Barchetta’ featuring Rik Emmett which is another take on the classic Rush song with new life brought to it by Rik’s passionate performance and interpretation.

Listen to an audio clip preview of ‘Red Barchetta’ featuring Rik Emmett:

Here’s what Rik Emmett had to say about the project:
“It was such a great day in the studio, jamming out to Neil’s incredible tracks, getting to play virtual ‘basement band’ and laying down my versions of Geddy & Alex parts. I felt like I had been transported back to 1980 for an afternoon. ‘Red Barchetta’ is one of my absolute fave RUSH songs… like an exciting, Ray Bradbury-esque SF short story, told by a progressive rock band… so to get a crack at it, with the actual drum takes that Neil performed, was an ‘artistic’ challenge – almost like accepting a dare.” Says Emmett “This is like “Rock Band” for the seriously, deeply committed.”

The full release of the song ‘Red Barchetta’ by Sonic Elements featuring Rik Emmett is coming in Q1, 2012 and is part of a larger collection of songs with Sonic Elements and other guest artists performing with Neil Peart Drums by Sonic Reality.

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About the Sonic Elements project and Neil Peart Drums:

Dave Kerzner of the music software company Sonic Reality has headed up a unique “virtual fantasy rock band” called “Sonic Elements” combining the sounds and performances captured in Sonic Reality music software and sound library products such as Neil Peart Drums with performances of guest musicians like Rik Emmett on classic covers like ‘Red Barchetta’ by Rush. Collaborating through the use of the sample library “Neil Peart Drums” which was performed by legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart and recorded by top producer Nick Raskulinecz is something that any musician who owns the product can do. Neil’s digitally recreated DW® Snakes and Arrows drum kit in software or soon to be released audio grooves to play along to or loops can be used in any recording software on the Mac, PC or iPad™. To celebrate that concept Sonic Elements have been working up an entire Rush tribute album as well as original songs all built around Neil Peart Drums with various guest guitarists, bass players and vocalists including Rik Emmett (Triumph), Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree, Marillion) and many other classic and progressive rock musicians.

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Canadian Power trio TRIUMPH Get Paid Tribute by Their Own Street Name!

New “street cred” puts TRIUMPH on the map… quite literally. Mississauga’s world champions of classic rock, TRIUMPH will be toasted by a host of appreciative fans, friends, celebrities and dignitaries as a new street is named in their honour.

No strangers to the world stage or international airwaves, the hometown group can now also be found on the latest GPS systems, GTA street guides, and Google maps.

TRIUMPH Lane encircles a newly built development by Bremont Homes and is located at Derry Rd. W. and Terragar Blvd., in the Meadowvale section of Mississauga. 2011, just paces away of the Lionheart Pub (located at 3221 Derry Rd. West , 1 km west of Winston Churchill Blvd.)

Rik Emmett, Mike Levine and Gil Moore will meet with fans, pose for photos, sign copies of albums, memorabilia and their latest CD’s and DVD, on Thursday, July 14. All funds raised through the evening (via photos, autographs and silent auctions) will go directly to support Wounded Warriors of Canada and the special needs of our troops, who very truly know what it means to ‘Lay it on the Line’, ‘Fight the Good Fight’ and ‘Never Surrender’… and those who have also sustained life changing injuries during the Afghan mission.

Think you’ve got ‘The Magic Power?’… there’s an open mike portion of the evening where performers can pay tribute doing various TRIUMPH songs. Access will be limited with advance reservations required.

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This year marks the Juno Awards’ 40th anniversary and to celebrate this momentous occasion the ceremony comes back to its city of origin, Toronto! Only a few years ago, TRIUMPH was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame at the Juno Awards Ceremony. This year, Rik Emmett is gracing the awards with his rockin’ presence again!

Beginning in December, artists from the 70s through to the new millennium will be featured on a Saturday of each month at the Horseshoe Tavern as part of the JUNO Decades concert series. TRIUMPH’s own Rik Emmett is one of the confirmed artists performing on January 8th, 2011 for the Songs of the 80s show at the Horseshoe Tavern. For those of you who have seen the legendary guitarist perform, you know this concert will be a perfect way to welcome the New Year.

The Juno Decades concert series has already held a show celebrating hit artists from the 70s. The series continues with the 80s show on January 8th, moves forward to the 90s on February 5th and finally showcases the stars of the last decade on March 5th just a few weeks before the official ceremony is held in Toronto’s Air Canada Center.

This is a charitable event and tickets are only twenty dollars, so be sure to catch your favorite 80’s musicians, reminisce with friends of those days and make a difference! MusiCounts is a charity keeping music alive in our youth regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

See more information about this event including featured artists, performance schedule, and ticket information

“The Sport of Kings” (TML / Universal; 1985)

Often considered one of the most disappointing Triumph records, “The Sport of Kings” was attacked because of its heavy keyboard sound and the band’s shift to a more radio-friendly song style (in the vein of the then uber-popular Foreigner and Journey).

While this newly remastered version of this CD can’t erase all of that 80s cheesiness, “The Sport of Kings” does sound more dynamic today than it did upon its initial release, even if some of the songs are truly dated (and, over 20 years later, why wouldn’t they be?). While songs like “Tears in the Rain” perhaps play better today than in 1985 (due to the exquisite remastering here), the lackluster of other songs — such as “What Rules My Heart” — becomes really apparent.

Not a bad Triumph CD if you’re a fan of 80s rock radio, but quite disappointing if you like Triumph’s harder-edged sound, “The Sport of Kings” at least benefits from the recent re-mastering. It still may not be one of the band’s best CDs, but at least some of the better tunes have been punched up a little.

Triumph: Rik Emmett – guitars, vocals; Mike Levine – bass, keyboards; Gil Moore – drums, vocals.