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2010/09/13 / Anton

MOVIE // Anvil! The Story of Anvil

Last Night I saw the touching 2008 documentary “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” which focuses on the two best friends Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner who have been making music together with their band Anvil for almost 30 years but never made it big unlike many other bands they shared the stage with in the early eighties. It is a movie about friendship, family, the life as a musician and pure idealism. You sometime catch yourself feeling sorry for Lips’ nativity because he always believes that the day will finally come when people start listening to their music and come to their shows again.

But before they managed to play a rock festival in Japan or made it to the Download Festival and Wacken (both as result of this documentary) with thousands of people seeing them, they had to deal with recording an album without a label backing them or playing a tour around Europe where they played in front of audiences of 10 people and were not even getting paid sometimes.

The video showed me once again that it is probably because of Lips’ character that the band never really was all that successful. Even though he can get quite energetic, he still is a good-hearted man who cares a great deal about friendship and family. The interviews with Slash and Lars Ulrich in the beginning perhaps try to tell you what Ego you need to have in order to make it in this business. So I guess watching “Some Kind of Monster” would be the ideal contrast to this entertaining movie where you can see what happens to those people who take it all the way and not end up having to put Demo-Tapes in an envelope and send it to their desired producer…

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