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Monday, Jan 11, 2010
by Dave MacIntyre
Words and Pictures by Dave MacIntyre

It may have taken almost four decades, but metal veterans Anvil are finally seeing that persistence and unconditional love really do pay off.  Stepping on stage to chants of “Anvil! Anvil!” from the packed Phoenix Concert Theatre, it was obvious from the look on front man Steve “Lips” Kudrow’s face he was feeling some much deserved vindication for never giving up on the dream.  The three-piece—consisting of the aforementioned Kudrow, Robb Reiner on drums, and Glenn Five on bass—has transitioned from obscurity to success story since the release of last year’s much raved about documentary “Anvil!  The Story of Anvil”, a raw, honest and often moving look at the band’s decades of struggles, failures, and constant heartbreaks suffered while chasing their dream of making it big.  (That the film wasn’t a mock-rockumentary despite Reiner’s conspicuous name only added to the intrigue).


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