I filmed this “masterpiece” of the awesome Sirhan Sirhan playing All Aboard at The Casbah in San Diego with a cheap VHS camcorder I picked up from the thrift store for $5.00.
Yes, the quality is pretty shite, but unfortunately there isn’t much footage of them since they’re kaput. In 2008 they were dubbed best Hard Rock Album in San Diego and in 2009 they made Alternative Press’ 100 Bands To Watch list. Singer Jason Blackmore now plays in Rats Eyes with Gabe Serbian from The Locust.
“It’s a struggle to make it. It’s a struggle once you do make it, to stay there and it’s a struggle to survive even if things go down. It ever ends. And all I want to do is just keep doing it. I’ve been living the dream and I’m so grateful and every moment is being appreciated ten times to the level it might have been if I had made it when I was young.” – Steve “Lips” Kudlow, guitarist/lead singer of Anvil (quote from the interview)
You have probably never heard of Anvil. But, if you take the time, the story is amazing.
See a few years ago, a former roadie of the band decided to tell the tale in a documentary, a film that is an inspiration to never give up on your dreams and to always keep your best friend nearby.
Anvil is a Toronto-based heavy metal act that goes back to the 1970s. For a time in the early 80s, Anvil was expected to be the next big thing. Their shows and records were popular with fans and even other hard rock bands such as Slayer, Guns n Roses and Metallica.
But by 2005 the band was hitting a rough patch. Gigs were hard to come by and the day jobs for the band’s two original members, Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner, were a serious drag on their creativity.
Then an old roadie who went on to have success as a Hollywood screenwriter decided to make a documentary about his old friends, Anvil.
“I don’t know if their music is any good. Their fans think so. The doc doesn’t show one song all the way through. But they swore a pledge when they were 14, and they’re still honoring it, and at 51, Lips knows he still has it and that Anvil will be back on the charts. Maybe there is hope for Susan Boyle.” – Roger Ebert
In September 2011, I had a chance to talk to Steve “Lips” Kudlow about the band, the film, life and previous gigs in Detroit (we haven’t been the best or biggest fans).