Life has not been kind to Canadian metal veterans Anvil. Despite mad respect from their 1980s peers and a brief blip of hair-era popularity (during which they played some massive headbanging shows in Europe and released the then-brutally heavy and influential Metal on Metal), the scrappy rockers have had a rough go of it. But thanks to the hit indie documentary "Anvil! The Story of Anvil" — which, if you haven't seen it, is exactly like "This Is Spinal Tap," except funnier and with real dudes — the band is suddenly flying high.
And things just got a bit better. Hard rock icons AC/DC have tapped Anvil to open a pair of stadium shows for them this summer in Boston (Gillette Stadium, July 28) and New Jersey (Giants Stadium, July 31).
According to a press release about the gig, "Anvil band members Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner will see their dreams come true as they are set to open for one of the greatest hard rock bands in the world, AC/DC, for the two biggest shows on their Black Ice World Tour. This opportunity marks a stellar comeback for the 30 year-old band that continues to reach new heights with the success and continued expansion of their documentary and recent features in Newsweek and Rolling Stone."
Thanks to the success of the movie, Anvil are back on the road and have played more than two dozen "Anvil Experience" dates so far this year, which combine live concerts with screenings of the movie. Multiple big name fans have come out of the woodwork to praise them. One of the more unlikely supporters is Coldplay's Chris Martin, who gave them major props in a recent interview on his band's Web site, in which he called the movie, "brilliant … wonderful."
There aren't many feel good stories in music these days, but this is one of them. If you love music — especially if it's loud — you owe it to yourself to check these guys out.