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Anvil frontman Steve 'Lips' Kudlow talks shop

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The Canadian band Anvil has enjoyed renewed interest since the release of the documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil in 2009, and will storm into Backstage Live on Friday. The band's 16th studio album, Juggernaut of Justice, was released in 2011, and their entire catalogue will be reissued this year, starting on February 14 with Worth the Weight, Strength of Steel, and Pound For Pound. I spoke to frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow, who is every bit as affable on the phone as he is on film.

"We had to take extra steps to get noticed, so we recorded in England. And there's more excitement around the band now — people are coming to the shows. The movie got the band noticed again, and we're finally a earning a living."

The music industry
"The music has become an advertisement for our gigs and merchandise. When it became a commodity, it became worthless. [Metallica drummer and Anvil fan] Lars Ulrich spoke up, trying to save the music. But no one wanted it saved."

"Few bands last long enough to record 14 albums. That's a feat in itself, and it makes us successful. We're able to maintain our integrity, and the movie praises that. It's empowering and it sets off a vicious circle of happiness!"

Sal Italiano, the new bassist
"I watched him play Iron Maiden songs in Brooklyn in the '80s, and I wished he would play bass for us!"

Anvil, with Evil United, Las Cruces, and SA Territories

 $15-$20, free for 21+
before 9pm
All ages
7pm doors, Fri Feb 10
Backstage Live
1305 E Houston
(210) 698-2856

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