Triumph's Gil Moore Reveals Special Connection To Military Members


Gil Moore sat down with Classic Rock Revisited to discuss the 35th anniversary of Triumph's album "Allied Forces" and Moore reflected on how popular the band remains with members of the armed forces.

I played in this golf tournament two days ago for the veterans, Army, Navy and Air force veterans and a lot of the crowd were in their 80's or 90's and so on, but they invited me to play and sing, and what amazed me was that there was a lot of vets who were in their 50's that talked to me about Triumph. They knew dates and they knew album titles and so on and so forth. It was absolutely amazing.

Something that dawned on me is that we've had so many of our songs with titles like 'Never Surrender' and 'Allied Forces', things like that. I think that some of the military guys gravitated to our music a little more than some other bands because of that.

It was interesting talking to so many of them, I couldn't believe how many of them came up to me and they were completely familiar with the band. It dawned on me looking back on our Royalty statements… you know they have this way of discounting your royalties: it's sold to a record club or to the military of the United States, and I was always blown-away at how much product we shipped to the military.

They have a thing right in your recording agreement, a pretty much standard procedure back in all the original recording contracts that any sales to army bases, they pay you half royalties. Same thing up here in Canada, every time I was around either police, fire, navy, army, anything that had any sort of military component to it, Triumph was a big band. Still here in Mississauga where I grew up, you got these cops who are, you know, 30 years old, and you know half of them they still seem to be hip to Triumph. All the ones that are 45, 55, those guys are all hip to Triumph, but even the younger ones. So you know I realize, okay it's been passed forward from the fathers. Read the full interview here.


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