Dave Dunlop is best known for his work with former Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett, performing under a variety of monikers including The Rik Emmett Band, Strung Out Troubs and the latest incarnation Rik Emmett & RESolution9. Dunlop also took part in the only two Triumph reunion shows back in 2008.

In addition to his work with Emmett, Dunlop performs with the Jeans n’ Classics touring group and recently released his first solo album “Monarch Girl.” If you have been to a Rik Emmett show with Dave Dunlop, you can attest to the amazing musical chemistry that has developed between them.

In this interview, Dave talks about how the pair began performing together and what it was like to record at the famed Metalworks studio where Triumph recorded many of the band’s iconic albums.


We would like to thank Rick Wharton for setting up the interview with Dave. For more information on Dave Dunlop, please go to: Dave Dunlop. To purchase the new CD from iTunes, please click here: iTunes.

About The Author Thom Jennings

Born and raised in Rochester, NY and currently residing in Albion NY, Thom spent seventeen years as a mobile disc jockey, playing classic rock at local bars and also performing at weddings. Thom’s first concert was Styx in 1979, and shortly afterward he landed a volunteer position taking surveys at all the local rock concerts from 1981-1983, during which he saw almost every major arena rock concert.

Thom is an avid Todd Rundgren fan, and has traveled all over the east coast to see Todd. Since 1983 he has only missed one of Todd’s east coast tours. His collection of Rundgren memorabilia includes two signed miniature replicas of and a signed ukulele.

Currently, Thom’s full time job is as a social studies teacher, he graduated from college in his late thirties and began a part-time career as an op-ed columnist which later led to his current position as music writer for The Lockport Union Sun and Journal and The Niagara Gazette.

Thom has also had music related columns published in Buffalo Insider Magazine, The Medina Journal-Register, The North Tonawanda Times and is a frequent contributor to Backstage Axxess.

Top Five Concerts:

1. Van Halen, Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Kim Mitchell Rochester, NY September 1, 1986

2. The Who and The Clash Buffalo, NY September 26, 1982

3. Ringo’s All Starr Band Canandaigua, NY August 25, 1992

4. Paul McCartney Toronto, ON August 8, 2010

5. SARS Benefit Concert Toronto, ON July 30, 2003

Multiple Shows (ten or more):

Todd Rundgren /Utopia -109

Rik Emmett/Triumph- 27

Cheap Trick -18

Styx /Styx related bands- 15

Flogging Molly- 10

First concert:

Styx, Rochester, NY November 8, 1979