The Italian Leather Sofa- Revisted

  Rik Emmett and Dave Dunlop have been collaborating for close to 17 years now, so we decided it was about time to interview the duo, side by side, for a fun and informative conversation. The boys discussed their current project,” ReCOVERy Room9,” which is a collection of 9 cover songs they chose to record, along with an upcoming release that will feature a full length CD of Triumph classics, performed in an acoustic format. We also touched on Rik’s most recent gig, one that doesn’t revolve much around the guitar, but more so with rattles, bottles, and funny faces. Rik became a Grandpa about 3 months ago and beamed with pride as he expressed his amazement at all of the new things he is witnessing his grandson discover. So join us, as we return to the slippery slope of the leather sofa inside the Seneca Niagara Casino, for some jocular jousting with Rik Emmett & Dave Dunlop.

We would like to thank Rick Wharton for setting up the interview with Rik and Dave. For more information on The Troubs, please go to: The Troubs. For more information on Rik, please go to: Rik Emmett. For more information on Dave, please go to: Dave Dunlop. If your interested in the new Triumph release called “Live at Sweden Rock Festival” or anything Triumph in general, please go to: Triumph.             

About The Author Tracey Lukasik

A native of Buffalo, NY, Tracey has long been involved in the music industry. Working for a local record store chain, Record Theatre from 1987-1990, and local rock radio stations 103.3 The Edge and 97 Rock from 1997-2001, she began her journalistic career writing for in 2004, before partnering with Gus to form in 2009. Tracey's first concert at the age of 8, was Donny & Marie Osmond at The CNE, Toronto. However, her love for Rock and Roll started with the Canadian trio, Triumph in the early 80's. Her first real rock concert experience was at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on May 13, 1983 for Triumph's "Never Surrender" tour, which she attended with her Mom. Her favorite artists include, Great White, Tesla, L.A.Guns, Lita Ford, Courtney Love, Joan Jett, Saxon, Priest & Maiden and The Cult, and pretty much everything in between, including George Thorogood, Rush and Triumph. Tracey's passion for music is expressed through her creative writing ability and her extensive collection of unique rock n' roll memorabilia, and of course, that mountain of concert stubs!