Canadian heavy metal legends, Anvil, are currently touring the USA promoting their new album, Hope In Hell. Their show filled up the Big Fish Pub last Friday (04/18/14) here in Tempe, AZ with die-hard metalheads that gathered to witness at first hand, how metal is really pounded.
When I heard that Anvil was touring the US, and they were playing in Tempe, AZ. I knew that I had to check them out live. After all, you don’t get a 30-year-old iconic metal band rolling into town everyday, and I have known of Anvil since before their documentary Anvil The Story Of Anvil, put them back in the spotlight in 2008 (C’mon, who haven’t listened Metal On Metal, or knows of the only guitar player in the world that uses a dildo to play his guitar from time to time)
Since the beginning of their set, you could see how important for Anvil is the interaction with their fans, as Lips jumped out of stage and begun playing The March Of The Crabs among the fans in the pit, before continuing with 666. Both songs are from their second album Metal On Metal (1982). The crowd that gathered before the stage, feed off their energy as Anvil played School of Love, of their first album, Hard’n Heavy (1981). It was incredible to see, how many of the people chanting those songs in the first row, were not even born when those albums were released. A sign of relief for this new generation of metalheads.
As their set continued, timelines were crossed with songs from their early years like; Winged Assassins, Mothra, Metal On Metal & Forged On Fire, and more contemporary material like; This Is Thirteen, On Fire, Hope In Hell, Eat Your Words or Running.
Anvil not only delivered a solid show that reminds us, the core meaning of heavy metal, and why we go to shows, why we buy records, and why we listen heavy music. To keep it true, honest, and overall really fucking loud.
Before the show The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with vocalist/guitar player, Steven”Lips” Kudlow. We talked about their current USA tour, their new album, the impact of their documentary on their career, their plans for a new album, and what is next for the band for the rest of the year.
Anvil USA Tour 2014
04/22 – San Fancisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
04/24 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
04/25 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
04/26 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder
04/27 – Reno, NV @ The Alley
04/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
04/30 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
05/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Metal Grill
05/03 – Saint Paul, MN @ Amsterdam
05/04 – Sauk Rapids, MN @ Bubba’s
05/06 – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
05/08 – St Louis, MO @ Fubar
05/09 – Chicago, IL @ LiveWire Lounge
05/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Headquarters
05/11 – Cleveland, OH @ The Agora Theater
05/13 – Detroit, MI @ The Token Lounge
05/14 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
05/15 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
05/17 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
05/18 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
05/20 – New York, NY @ Santos Party House