Anvil Frontman doesn’t believe band’s proposed follow-up documentary will ever see the light of day
Guitarist/singer Steve “Lips” Kudlow canadian metal legends ANVIL again stated that he did not expect the proposed sequel to the group’s first documentary, “Anvil! The Anvil Story”, to never see the light of day. He talks about Friday 13th Metal in a new interview (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I don’t think there will be [another movie], because I think it’s a bit late. There’s really no point at this point. To a large extent, people who knew the movie knew that, and today it kind of faded away; it is not as important today. That could change. We never know.”
As to what he attributes to the film’s resounding success, Lips said, “It’s hard to compete with reality, isn’t it? People try to make documentaries, but that’s not the way to go. same thing as filming things in real time. It’s not the same thing. , man. You can do a retrospective and show pictures of the band at the time and all that – talking about the old days, about old days, old days – but everyone’s seen the old days. What about tomorrow? What are we gonna film tomorrow? What are you doing tomorrow? What do you hope will happen? tomorrow How you gonna make what’s gonna happen tomorrow, set it in motion so we can to see it happens? That’s what the ANVIL movie did. It is irrelevant in this regard. You can’t beat spontaneity. I mean, there’s pure spontaneity – as things happen. You can’t do shit like that.”
“Anvil! The Anvil Story” was named one of the best documentaries of 2009 by a slew of film critics associations across the continent, including critics in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto and Las Vegas, as well as the International Documentary Associationthe Online Film Critics Societyand the National Society of Film Critics. It also made year-end Top 10 lists in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweekand Voice of the village.
“Anvil! The Anvil Story” was the screenwriter’s first film Sasha Gervasi (“The terminal”) and was produced by Rebecca Yeldham (“The Kite Runner” and “The Motorcycle Diaries”). The movie follows Kudlow and drummer Robb Reiner and their gang, ANVILwho released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982 “Metal on Metal”. The album influenced a whole musical generation of rock bands, including METALLIC, KILLERand ANTHRAXall of whom have sold millions of records. ANVIL, on the other hand, took a different path – straight into darkness. The film was both entertaining and touching as it followed their ultimate quest for fame and fortune that has been so elusive to them.
In 2017, Lips said there were “forty minutes of probably good footage” already shot for a follow-up ANVIL movie, but he “didn’t really expect anything to come out of it”. He explained: “[Gervasi] paid for this movie [‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’] himself. He doesn’t want to do that anymore… You never get all your money back. But what it did for his career… like what he did for our career – the same thing. He has a career, and more. But it’s just a question of whether a movie company will want to buy it, finance it? And it’s not cheap. It won’t be like a blockbuster – it won’t cost three hundred million dollars. You’re probably talking about less than a million to make a documentary. I’m not paid. The subjects of documentaries are never paid. I am not an actor. And it’s doing my career such a favor that I’m not really allowed to say, ‘Hey, why don’t you pay me too? Are you doing the biggest advertising campaign that has ever existed? Now why don’t you pay me? It’s like, it doesn’t make sense. And he said ‘no’ and I wouldn’t do the movie.”
Lips added: “So that’s the big question: will there be or won’t there? Who knows? I’m not going to ignore it. I’m not going to say ‘no’. I don’t know enough. I’m not into that stream of the business so I really don’t know how to answer. Now that said, the ANVIL the film did extraordinarily well, so it would be in their interest [to finance the movie]. And it’s, like, if you run out of stories and storytellers and writers, here’s something that’s living, breathing natural fucking history. Why not continue? You have an automatic audience of everyone who saw it the first time. So there are all these positive aspects that go with it. But it’s just a matter of who’s going to open their wallet. [Laughs]”
ANVILthe new album of, “The impact is imminent”will arrive on May 20 via AFM recordings.
Like its three predecessors, “The anvil is the anvil” (2016), “Hammering the Pavement” (2018) and “Finally legal” (2019), “The impact is imminent” was produced by Martin “Mattes” Pfeiffer and Jörg Uken at Ukenit’s sound pavilion studios in Germany.