by Amy Atkins
Anvil: The Story of Anvil is a documentary about the band that, in 1982, was so close to the brass ring they could smell the polish. It always stayed just beyond their reach and though they never stopped playing, the number of band members often outnumbered the people in the crowd.
The rock-doc showed founding members Robb Reiner and Steve Kudlow, now in their 50s, living working-class lives but never giving up on their dream of becoming metal gods.
Anvil brought the band to the attention of many, including AC/DC for whom Anvil recently opened, and to concert promoters as well.
The Anvil Experience is scheduled to storm hundreds of U.S. venues starting in December. They'll crash the Boise Knitting Factory on Monday, Feb. 08, 2010.
Tickets range from $15 to $40. A limited quantity of Experience Anvil bundles are available for only $47 (less than the cost of ONE MARILYN MANSON TICKET) and net fans a ticket, a meet-and-greet, a copy of Anvil's new album, This is 13, a copy of Anvil: The Story of Anvil on DVD (released on Oct. 6) and ... and ... wait for it ... wait for it ... AN ANVIL FANNY PACK!
The movie is not the easiest thing to watch, and will have you wondering why, after all those years, Kudlow and Reiner didn't just give up. Because unlike the cartoon ones which drop on the coyote's head right as he's about to snag the roadrunner, this Anvil is made of tougher stuff.