Monday, December 21, 2009

Music is forever, but are bands? ANVIL

Back in the early 80s, before the rise of Metallica, Scorpions, Whitesnake, Guns 'n Roses and the rest, there was Anvil--a heavy metal band that other musicians admired and imitated. The core of the group, childhood friends, were crazy-charismatic Lips, the lead singer, and Robb, the talented drummer. Anvil never lived up to its promise. Why? Perhaps they just weren't in the right place at the right time. Perhaps their management didn't promote them or their albums well. Anvil faded in public memory.

Anvil forged on. Back in their Canadian homeland the band continued, picking up gigs here and there, creating albums, members taking day jobs to support themselves. No longer rock gods. But 25 years after their first album, a former roadie and long-time fan started filming a documentary about the group. This film, highly regarded and reviewed, has kick-started Anvil's career.

If you enjoy rock documentaries, and even if you haven't viewed one before, watch Anvil: The Story of Anvil. You'll hear from other metal stars, such as Slash (G'n R) and Lars Ulrich (Metallica). You'll empathize with and be enraged by Lips. You'll admire the loyal Robb. Most of all, you'll get a snapshot of what the music biz can be like. And how the desire to create music and perform drives musicians to continue, even without success.

Currently we can't post the trailer in this blog post, but here's the link to the official Anvil The Story of Anvil website, where you can view it.

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