ANVIL Frontman: 'We're Struggling The Same As We Always Have'

John Soeder of The Plain Dealer recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian metal legends ANVIL. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.

On ANVIL's "success" following the release of the band's hit documentary, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil":

"By 'success,' do you mean 'money?' If you mean in terms of money, I'm not successful. I'm [expletive] broke!"

On how the movie changed ANVIL's career:

"Not in enough ways. We're struggling the same as we always have. Gigs are not easy to come by. A lot of stuff hasn't changed.

"As far as being noticed on the street and people coming up to you and asking for an autograph or a picture, it's endless.

"I'm not complaining. . . . People have been embracing the band on many different personal levels. When we play, people aren't necessarily there for our music. They're there because they know us from the movie.

"We're playing in front of people who have never been to a metal show in their life. They may very well buy our CD. But God only knows if they're listening to it.

"When they buy our CD, it's an emotional buy: 'I really like these guys, and they deserve to have their record sold and for me to buy it.' Whether they're really enjoying it, I don't know."

On the virtue of perseverance:

"You get condemned for it, too.

"People say, 'If you've done that many albums and you never made it, you guys must suck.' Everybody figures if you don't make it instantly, you're never going to make it.

"To me, success is really doing what you love and getting away with it.

"It's as simple as that. Most people don't do what they love, which is quite sad."

Read more from The Plain Dealer.

ANVIL played its rendition of "Hanukkah! Hanukkah!" on "The Hour Holiday Special" on CBC in Canada. The performance, which first aired on December 21, can be viewed below. It is also available for download at this location.


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).