After the incredible success of the documentary 'Anvil! The Story of Anvil', drummer Robb Reiner and guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian metal legends ANVIL have plans for another documentary.
Lips and Robb recently spoke to John Doan of MusicFrenzy.net about their next documentary project, which has a working title of "Anvil 2: The Quest For World Peace".
Robb: "Me and Lips are gonna try to rally the world and throw a peace concert in Israel, and they're gonna film it."
Lips: "The selfish endeavor of making it for ourselves is pretty much done. We're living the dream. Now it's like, what can we do to change the world? We changed our world, but what can we do to change the world to make it a better place? There's a way to use your celebrity for really good things."
Robb: "We're gonna go and rally this and we're gonna try to pull this off. See, we don't know if we're gonna pull this off, but we're gonna make a major attempt. And they're gonna film our quest. And if it does happen, that's amazing. And if it doesn't happen…"
Lips: "…Then the world will see that, even though we tried, what the obstacles were and what we have to overcome. As a human race, what we have to overcome."
Robb: "We're gonna talk to lots of bands, politicians, corporations… Everything possible to be involved in this, we're gonna rally, and we'll film it in real time, and we'll see what happens."
Lips: "The whole concept started [when I was] sitting in the director's house and there [was] a newspaper sitting on the kitchen table, and I just started flipping out, 'cause I [was] reading it. It was one of those situations where things were really melting down on the Gaza Strip. And I just [went], 'What is this? When is this gonna stop? Is there something anybody can do about this?' And he [went], 'You could do something about it. You're getting famous. You could do something about it.' And I [went], 'Well, what can we do?' And he [went], 'Think about it. Just give it some thought.' About a few weeks later, I thought, what if we went to some place, like in Jerusalem, but in a no man's land, like by the Wailing Wall, and we'll hold the festival there — where all three major religious groups can gather in peace and bring a community together. The other aspect is the 'global metal' phenomenon. There is metal bands from every country on earth. This could be represented totally by the genre itself. ANVIL is rocking and we're cruising, and this will be something that we're doing as well."
Listen to the audio of the interview here
ANVIL's first documentary, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil", was named one of 2009's best documentaries by a slew of film critics associations across the continent, including critics in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and Las Vegas, as well as the International Documentary Association, the Online Film Critics Society, and the National Society of Film Critics. It also made the year-end Top 10 lists in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and Village Voice.
Remembering 9/11: Rockers share 9/11 memories; Chop Shop Radio Special, Staind 9/11 victims benefit concert
Tomorrow marks 10 years since the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that brought down the Twin Towers, killed 3,000 people and forever changed both the future of the United States and the world. Here is a series of remarks made by hard rock/metal acts relecting on the ensuing 10 years on 9/11, how it affected them and what it still means.
FILTER singer/guitarist Richard Patrick told The Pulse Of Radio how he and his fellow Chicago residents felt immediately after the attacks took place. "In Chicago, we just got pissed," he said. "I mean, I wasn't there. In New York. I'm sure it was a whole gamut of gigantic . . . But the first three days I was just fuckin' mad. And then I got really sad. I wept for like a couple of days. I just couldn't control it."
AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he has mixed feelings about how the day should be observed. "You know, it's hard for me to say that it should be a day where everybody remembers it and talks about it, and is, you know, keeps it as the Number One subject of the day; whether it should be a day of mourning and a day of silence and not doing anything; or whether it should be a day where we go out and be defiant and show that we're not gonna change our lives for these people," he said. "I'm not sure — I kinda go back and forth. I think everybody should really reflect on that day, but I don't... I wouldn't want to satisfy the criminals who did that by going too far into a fearful feeling."
Tom Araya (SLAYER): "I was at home in L.A. when I first found out what was happening. On September 10th the band had done a midnight in-store signing in El Toro, Calif. for the 9/11 release of our 'God Hates Us All' album. We got home around 4 a.m. from that. I was asleep when Sandra, my wife, was awakened by a phone call that suggested we turn on the television. We then found ourselves watching the first tower on fire and I remember asking Sandra, 'What is this?' We saw the plane hit the second tower and it took a while for everything to register. We were supposed to fly out that day to start a European tour. The whole time we were watching what was unfolding before our eyes I was thinking to myself, 'We ain't flying anywhere for a while!'" (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Steve "Lips" Kudlow (ANVIL): "I was working doing deliveries for Choice Children's Catering when an announcement came on the radio in the delivery van I was driving. I remember thinking, 'How the hell did planes get past radar detection and end up over a no-fly zone over New York City?' I thought this was too much to have been any kind of accident. I thought if the country was being attacked, wouldn't there be some kind of protocol for this? It was awful watching people jumping out of windows to escape the inferno. The news was relentless and heartless in its reports, almost enjoying the news scoop of the century. It was one of the saddest days in history, alongside the JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King assassinations. What a colorful history our world has created!" (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Scott Ian (ANTHRAX): "I was in Lincoln, Neb. out on tour, parked outside the venue we were playing, when I first heard the news. I woke up to pee, stumbled out of my bunk to the bathroom on the bus, and the driver was in the front lounge watching television. He said, 'A plane crashed into the WTC and I ought to take a look at what's happening in NYC.' I sat down and finally focused on the TV and saw the first tower smoking and I asked our driver, 'How big of a plane was it?' It was obviously not just a small plane like I had imagined. I sat there stunned, watching the report on CNN when the second plane hit and I ran into the bunk area of the bus yelling for everyone to get up, 'We're under attack, get the fuck up!' or something of that nature. We spent the rest of the day like the rest of the world, glued to the TV on the bus, shocked, horrified and scared shitless by what we were witnessing. Nothing seemed to matter at that point except to get home to our families and we started figuring out how we could all just get home as soon as possible." (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT): "I was at my home in San Francisco, I heard about the attacks as my radio-alarm clock started to wake me up. In disbelief I turned on the TV and watched in horror, then immediately picked up the phone and tried to reach my family in New York. We were all waiting to hear if my sister-in-law Linda was safe. She made it out of the downtown area and over the Brooklyn Bridge with thousands of others that day. I felt so brokenhearted having to sit my eight-year-old son down and explain to him what had happened. I was so saddened, angry and disappointed that this was the world we had made for our children." (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX): "I was out on tour and my wife called my cell and was freaking out. I remember wanting to be home with my family in New York. I was so worried about them and my friends who worked down there. I went back to New York some days after and went down to the site. The first thing that hit me was the glow and smell in the area of the attack. It smelled like death." (via AOL's Noisecreep)
Syndicated radio program The Chop Shop Guitar Show has put together a emotional, compelling show this week featuring personal remembrances from a number of classic rock artists who found their lives forever altered by the events and tracks conveying the emotion. Host Steve Black is joined by Geddy Lee of Rush, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, guitarist Steve Vai, Reb Beach of Whitesnake, members of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Eric Johnson, Scott Stapp of Creed and several others who share their stories, surrounded by the music that helped to bring everyone together as our country worked to move forward.
Geddy Lee recalls the moment when he learned about the attacks: “I was in Toronto and somebody found me and told me to turn on the television and of course I sat there for the next two hours just completely stunned and appalled by what I was watching. My reaction was much the same as any normal human being, I was sickened by it and it had a profound effect on the entire world I think and life has really not been the same since that day. “
Listen to the entire show on ultimateclassicrock.com. It's a must listen!
In the four video clips below, members of Slipknot, Godsmack, Unearth and Indestructible Noise Command comment on 9/11, how it affected them and what it still means:
Staind have announced they will mark the release of their new self-titled album by performing a special show in New York City to benefit the families of 9/11 victims. The show will be held at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on September 15. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, tickets to the show will be priced at $9.11, with all revenue from the show to benefit the families of 9/11 victims.
"As the release of our new album coincides with the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we wanted to use the attention to make the point that there is still much work for all of us to do," said Aaron Lewis, lead singer of Staind. "We are deliberately making the ticket price $9.11 to underscore the point that if enough of us do just a little bit, together we can make a big difference in the lives of the families whose members made the supreme sacrifice for our country."
Fans can purchase tickets beginning at 12:00 noon Saturday, September 10 here. Members of Dysfunction, STAIND's official fan club, will have the opportunity to purchase tickets immediately through the web site www.dysfunctionalstaind.com. Purchases will be limited to two tickets per buyer. Moreover, Atlantic Records will match STAIND's donation from ticket sales for a separate additional donation to the charity.
Those not able to attend the event in person will be able to stream the concert live on www.staind.com courtesy of Ustream.
Produced by Johnny K (3 DOORS DOWN, DISTURBED, SEVENDUST), STAIND's seventh studio album has been described as the most heavy and intense STAIND album to date. The debut single, "Not Again", is the fastest rising single of the band's career — currently #2 on the Active Rock chart.
"Staind" will be released in-stores and all digital retailers September 13 and the band will be performing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" live that night.
Today is Record Store Day…get out and buy some Vinyl at you local independent Record Store!!; Anvil at Toronto in-store, Artwork of today’s releases
Anvil will help celebrate Record Store Day by performing at Sunrise Records in Toronto, Ontario, Canada today. Check out all the releases today right here!! Support your local independent record stores...it's important, enlighting...and fun!!
Check out more at : recordstoreday.com About Record Store Day: Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
Some of the releases today are coming from: AC/DC, A Day To Remember, Anberlin, Bad Brains, Beady Eye, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Death Cab For Cutie, Deftones, Derek & The Dominos, Dio, Eric Clapton & John Mayall, Flogging Molly, Foo Fighters, Grateful dead, Green Day, Hollywood Undead, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Eat World, Joan Jett, Kins Of Leon, Mastadon/ZZ Top, My Chemical Romance, Nirvana, Ozzy, Pearl Jam, Pink Flyod, Queen, R.E.M., Ramones/Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Rush, The Cars, The Doors, Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!
Here's a bunch of the artwork from today's releases:
More Rockers express symphathy for our Japanese Brothers and Sisters: Paul Rodgers (video message), The Rolling Stones, Anvil, Steve Morse of Deep Purple and Michael Monroe (who will hold charity concert)
-Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, Queen+Paul Rodgers) released this video message to the people of Japan:
-The Rolling Stones are the latest group to send their well wishes to the people of Japan. The band issued a message that reads, “The Rolling Stones send their heartfelt sympathies to their friends and fans in Japan who are going through such tragic and very difficult times.” It goes on to say, “We know their strong resolve and togetherness will pull them through.” Head to RedCross.org to donate to the country’s relief efforts.
-Guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian heavy metal legends Anvil has released the following message: "Just like to say I'm sending my regards to my dear friends and fans in Japan. I wish you all the very best and hope for your safety. Japan is a place of pure determination and is the most highly motivated society in the world. You shall prevail..."
-Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse has posted the following message in regards to the tragedy in Japan:
"This disaster is sobering and heart breaking. Having been in Japan and admired their earthquake preparedness, who could have imagined so much tragedy from a Tsunami in Japan? Those folks who are helping others in the face of unknown risks are true heroes. Let's hope and pray that the suffering is mitigated as much as humanly possible."
-Finland's frontline artists gather funds for the casualties of Japan earthquake and tsunami in Helsinki at Tavastia on Sunday, March 27. Pelasta Punainen Pallo (Save the Red Globe) charity concert is presented by Michael Monroe, Jenni Vartiainen, Paleface, Ismo Alanko, Von Hertzen Brothers and Tuomari Nurmio. The evening's income will be donated to Finland's Red Cross and through them to the victims of Japan. The concert will be broadcast live globally at Ylex.fi on Sunday at 7 p.m local time.
The idea of the concert was developed by Michael Monroe and his band as they have been touring a lot in Japan and have friends and fans there. As the image of what had happened spread and became more clear the band decided to organize an evening to support the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Michael states, "We were shocked about what happened, it's scary and alarming. The best you can do with rock music is to try to influence on this positively." Michael Monroe gathered a great lineup of domestic bands and got the Finnish broadcasting company YLE to be a partner and make the concert available for people all over the globe.
The artists are donating not only their performance fees but also all the income from merchandise sold during the concert. The Finnish music business also wanted to take part and more than ten companies joined forces to make this concert happen.
New season of “That Metal Show” debuts tonight on VH1 Classic (guest photos, preview clip & lineups), “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal” book out April 1st
The 7th season of "That Metal Show" debuts tonight on VH1 Classic. Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson host the only talk show about all things hard rock and heavy metal. Guests and premiere dates include the below, at 11 p.m. ET/PT:
-Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
-Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions)
-Ace Frehley (KISS, Frehley's Comet))
-Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, David Lee Roth, Talas)
-David Coverdale (Whitesnake, Coverdael/Page, Deep Purple)
-Lita Ford (The Runaways)
-Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE wrestling champion)
-Yngwie Malmsteen (Alcatrazz, Steeler, Rising Force)
-Duff McKagan (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Duff McKagen's Loaded)
-Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Black Country Communion)
-Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, The Cult)
-Cherie Currie (The Runaways)
-Jim Norton (comedian on "Opie And Anthony" and "The Howard Stern Show")
-Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
-Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Ozzy Osbourne, King Kobra, Beck Bogert Appice, Rod Stewart)
-Dave Meniketti (Y&T)
Distilling decades of your favorite hard rock and heavy metal into sixty minutes of mayhem; "That Metal Show" will deliver the ever-popular "Stump The Trunk" as well as the triumphant return of "TMS Top 5" to your TV every Saturday night at 11 p.m., only on VH1 Classic. Fans can also catch the complete season six and bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com. New episodes of season seven will launch online every Monday morning following the show's on-air premiere.
"Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal", a new 240-page book from Eddie Trunk, the host of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" will be released April 1st.
Featuring a foreword by Judas Priest singer Rob Halford, the book covers Trunk's favorite bands with a brief overview of their career highlights, the albums and songs that Eddie considers important and why, and many personal recollections of his experiences with these bands over the course of his career.
Included in the book are Trunk's accounts of the following:
-The night Guns N' Roses frontman, Axl Rose, walked onto Eddie's radio show for his first public interview in 13 years
-What happened when Judas Priest played a private show for Eddie at his 25th anniversary in radio at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square
-How Eddie convinced Twisted Sister to get back together in 2001
-What it was like to get on stage with Ozzy Osbourne during his infamous tour with Motley Crue in 1984
-Eddie's longtime relationship with his close friend the late, great Ronnie James Dio
-Sharing cucumber sandwiches with Robert Plant in England
-Being one of the very first to play Metallica on the radio in 1983 and being flown by the band to their induction ceremony at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
-Drunken nights and Mongolian barbeque with Cheap Trick
-Interviewing famous recluse drummer Neil Peart from Rush
-Mediating a fight between Bret Michaels and his band Poison on air for VH1 Classic
-Joyriding in New Jersey with the guys from Skid Row and helping to choose the band's first single, "Youth Gone Wild"
The book also includes more of Eddie's audience-favorite "Stump the Trunk" anecdotes and trivia, as well as his favorite playlists.