I have been waiting with bated breath to see Anvil: the Story of Anvil – it’s research, I swear – and I finally got to see it. This movie is so much more than a documentary about an almost ran.
Anvil is a band that started to get big in the early 80’s with bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and Metallica and just fizzled. Then they vanished.
Except they didn’t. The 2 main guys have been at it continuously since then. The singer works for a children’s catering company (looks like he delivered school lunches or something), either nothing was said about what the other guy did or I missed it, and they kept the band going. Seriously, 25 years later when it should have been totally obvious that they were never going to be rock stars, they were still trying.
When the documentary starts they’ve just been contacted about a European tour. They’re excited, but it’s a disaster. Then they decide to record another album with their old producer. They have no money. The singer’s sister comes through with money and they record. Then no label will pick it up so they press it themselves and they’re selling it out of the trunks of their cars. Things actually do pick up by the end of the movie and after the movie things got much better. Anvil played the Download festival and they are doing a couple shows opening for AC/DC. But that’s not the good part.
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The lead singer is sort of the main “character” throughout and he has this incredible attitude. He has such utter faith he’s going to make it that you can’t help but root for him. He’s 50 frickin’ years old and he still thinks he’s going to be a rock star. There’s a clip in the trailer where he says, “well the good thing is, we found these sleeping bags.” That comes from the middle of the disastrous tour and he is not being sarcastic. He really does mean the sleeping bags were good. He is like this all the way through the movie.
I walked into this documentary thinking I was going to get some good background info and walked out of it inspired. If you ever feel like you’re never going to get anywhere, you need to watch this movie.
In fact, you just gotta watch this documentary. Look for it in a theater near you.