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Anvil’s 15 minutes turns into hours

Whilst listening to the BBC in the winter of 2009, a movie reviewersaid, “The Story of Anvil is very good, but I couldn’t tell if I wasbeing put on.  Is this a real band or is it some kind of Spinal Tapjoke?”

Whilst listening to the BBC in the winter of 2009, a movie reviewer said, “The Story of Anvil is very good, but I couldn’t tell if I was being put on. Is this a real band or is it some kind of Spinal Tap joke?”

I immediately sent an email. “They’re real. Trust me.” A few minutes later, the reviewer returned. “I’ve just received an email from a chap in Canada who assures us that Anvil and their story are very real. Okay, if you say so.”

Since then, guitarist/ singer Steve “Lips” Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner — in their 50s — and bass player Glenn Five (the baby) have barely had time to breathe. Gigs opening for AC/DC; the Tonight Show; a cameo in The Green Hornet; shows from South America to Japan; a book based on the movie with a foreward by Slash. And along the way, a few surreal moments.

“When (the documentary) won at the Independent Spirit Awards, I saw Paul McCartney across the room,” Lips says, “and I thought ‘This is my chance! I’m going to meet a Beatle!’ But then Quentin Tarantino blocked me. ‘You got ripped off at the Oscars! YOU should have won (for best documentary)! But they gave it to a dolphin movie! A DOLPHIN MOVIE!’”

The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl is a fan. “He pulled up in a limo and got out with a guitar case and I thought ‘Great! He’s going to want to jam with us!’ But then he said ‘This guitar is for you because I’m such a big fan.’”

Grohl invited Anvil to make their next album at his private 606 Studios. All of Reiner’s drum tracks from their new album, Juggernaut of Justice, (out Tuesday) were recorded there.

If you’re into Anvil and their kind of metal, I can honestly say that this album is the best thing they’ve done since the early ’80s.

 
 
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