Triumph Documentary, ‘Lay it On the Line,’ Coming

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The first feature-length documentary about legendary Canadian power trio Triumph is in the works and its producers are inviting a limited number of fans to be part of the action. Banger Films, in association with Revolver Films and Bell Media’s streaming service Crave, is currently in production on Triumph: Lay it On the Line, about the dramatic career of the band, with previously unseen footage and unheard audio. They’re giving a group of lucky fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a special event that will be filmed for the documentary.

From the September 24 announcement: The intimate and interactive celebration is scheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2019, in the greater Toronto area, and it’s a chance for the attendees to explore the story of the group, interact with rare artifacts and iconic props from the Triumph legacy, and of course, hang out with the band themselves. More than that, it’s a chance for Triumph to say “thank you” to the fans who have stuck with them for over thirty years.

Capacity for the event is extremely limited. Fans interested in attending should contact Banger Films at TriumphEvent@bangerfilms.com for information on how they can be a part of the event.

Watch the “Triumph Superfan Fantasy Event teaser video

Produced by Emmy and Peabody award-winning Banger Films, Triumph: Lay it On the Line is a Crave Original Documentary that covers the history of one of rock’s most unsung bands. Slated for release in 2020, the film covers Triumph’s humble beginnings as staples of the GTA circuit in the mid-70s to their heyday when they sold out arenas and stadiums.

Drummer/vocalist Gil Moore, bassist/keyboardist Mike Levine, and guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett formed Triumph in 1975, and their blend of heavy riff-rockers with progressive odysseys, peppered with thoughtful, inspiring lyrics and virtuosic guitar playing quickly made them a household name in Canada. Anthems like “Lay it On the Line,” “Magic Power” and “Fight the Good Fight” earned them significant success on U.S. rock radio along with some pop airplay, and they amassed a legion of passionate fans.

Watch the official music video for the “Lay it On the Line” single

They ultimately disbanded. The announcement notes: “Triumph missed out on an opportunity to say thank you to those loyal and devoted fans, a base that is still active today, three decades later.”

“Mike, Rik, and I are thrilled to revisit Triumph’s history, and especially to express our gratitude to our amazing fans,” says Moore.

Featuring interviews with Triumph, their contemporaries, their close friends and partners, and their fans, Triumph: Lay it On the Line is described as “an all-access pass into the story behind the hit records and the light shows.”

On Dec. 13, Triumph’s 13-track Classics is being re-released as a 2-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. The collection includes “Lay It on the Line,” “Magic Power,” “A World of Fantasy,” “Fight the Good Fight,” and “Hold On.”

Also featured are two special live recordings that close the set – “Never Surrender” (from the US Festival) and “Blinding Light Show/Moon Child (live at Sweden Rock).

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