Is there life after Rock ‘n’ Roll?
Is there life after Rock ‘n’ Roll? Rik Emmett never questioned it. After leaving Triumph in 1988 he embarked on a successful solo career which touched on different genre of Rock, Blues, Jazz and Smooth Jazz.
John Beaudin – I remember hearing James Taylor say years ago that he was so tired of playing “Fire & Rain,” that he actually considered leaving music. He eventually came to terms with it saying it just came with the job. Have you come to terms with the fact that fans will always ask you why you left Triumph or if the band has a reunion around the corner?
Rik Emmett – I had a lot of ‘coming to terms’ that I had to do when I left Triumph in 1988. It took years to try and get out from under a lot of baggage. You can’t escape the reality of being the soundtrack to some people’s lives. They have a great deal emotionally invested in trying to keep their own history, their own myth, a vitally important thing. Sometimes, it’s all out of proportion but most of the time it’s relatively cool to deal with .You tell folks you’ll indulge their need for nostalgia, if they’ll return the favor and indulge my need to indulge an ongoing artistic and creative lifestyle. Who knows? Both indulgences might be inappropriate but everybody’s got a right to dream and to reminisce.
John – Well, congrats on taking the high road on that whole Triumph thing. We’ve all heard the metaphor that leaving a band is like a divorce and in your case you were divorcing two people and god knows how many more people behind the scenes. I always say that you can tell a lot more about a person during a breakup than when they were in the actual relationship.
Rik – I have a new song for a new singer/songwriter CD that I’m working on. The singer/songwriter CD called “Good Faith,” is going to take a lot longer to finish with spring and summer touring etc. Anyhow, I digress, the song is called “The Way Back Home,” and the lyric in the chorus goes:
There’s a path that can climb every mountain
As you challenge the great unknown.
Take the high road and make each step your own.
Then you’ll know the way…back…home.