Watch the trailer for Anvil! the Story of Anvil above and then read that headline, and if your heart didn’t warm just a little bit, stop judging me I’m really emotional this week.
The hard-rocking Canadian group will open for the heavy metal band AC/DC when it performs at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. on July 28 and at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on July 31, the bands’ publicists said in a release. Anvil, founded in Toronto in the 1970s, enjoyed a short-lived American success in the 1980s with albums like “Hard ‘N Heavy” and “Strength of Steel.” The group recently reentered the cultural consciousness with the “Anvil!” documentary, though the movie has also prompted the occasional (mistaken) conclusion that it is an elaborate, Spinal Tap-style hoax. (For example, the movie “This Is Spinal Tap” was directed by Rob Reiner, and the Anvil drummer and co-founder is named Robb Reiner.) [NYTimes]
Going from playing to a couple people to opening for AC/DC at Giants Stadium is a comeback about as amazing as they come (and I know a little something about amazing come). It just goes to show, a documentary can be a powerful thing. I wonder if the guy from Grizzly Man would be enjoying this kind of fame if he hadn’t gotten torn apart and eaten by bears. It almost makes you wish he’d lived. Almost.