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Keeping in mind that aside from Rik, these guys have been out of the musical spotlight for some time now, I think they accomplished quite an undertaking getting themselves "performance" ready for this show. Given thier long hiatus and the affect of aging to one's joints and vocal chords etc, they did a stellar job, recreating and performing the classic songs of their career. Triumphant in all respects.
But was it a better or more enjoyable performance than their shows of the past? (which many of us probably have in our DVD collection, already.) Well to be honest, not quite. This is to be expected considering that they were operating as a finely tuned (rock and roll) machine in those days. But my biggest gripe would have to be their choice of venue. Sweden? Really?
In my opinion the crowd seemed rather unwelcoming once you look past the first 10 rows or so. A home country Canadian crowd would have probably served the band much better as the energy and enthusiasm would have helped fuel their fire.Read more ›
The songs chosen to be included are in themselves disappointing. There is so much more great music that could’ve been included but was left out. I’m not sure if there was more and they had to chop it, but either way we diehards would’ve loved to have seen some of our more esoteric favorites. Not even all the hits are here! And I know they’ve tried to own Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” as “their” cover in the past (I think they were attempting a Stevie-does-Jimi kinda thing?), but this effort falls flat on its face. Really, they’re not doing Mr. Walsh proud here.
The guitar work is great, and yes, Rik can still rock out, but the band’s time has passed. Rik has lost a huge range of vocals, and the guys as a group just didn’t have the old spit ‘n shine. It’s obvious they’d been apart for a significant amount of time. A lackluster crowd didn’t do anything to help the guys’ energy level either, and as Rik mentions in one of the bonus features, choosing to go on in the daylight turned out to be a mistake.
Go see Rik with Dave Dunlop if they ever come around your area. (We’re lucky to get that chance every now and then here.) They’re great. Rik is doing music that is more in synch with his current vocal range, and the guitar work is still just as impressive. I’d recommend skipping “Live at Sweden Rock Festival” unless you’ve just gotta have everything Triumph’s done. This effort is unimpressive. If you don’t already have it, get “Live at the US Festival” instead, where the guys were a finely tuned rock ‘n roll machine at their peak (and before the eighties really got a hold of them).
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Nice to finally see the guys back together for this live show. Awesome performance. Too bad it was a "one-off" only and not a tour.Published 5 months ago by DrumminDan D.
A great reunion for a great band! They sounded great and showed why they were the top "rock & roll machine" for many years. For a true fan, get this awesome package!!!!Published 9 months ago by golfer01
I bought this concert on iTunes and let me tell you, it is awesome! Band plays much different live than studio. Rik shreds on guitar! Definitely worth the money.Published 13 months ago by Callan Mori