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4220Re: [Academy of Anvil] Re: quick commentary & a question for Anvil fans new & old

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  • Matt Ingram
    Oct 30, 2009
      I don't think they've hit the peak yet.. it's still coming.. it's still
      ramping up.

      A sequel would be cool.. and you're right.. it wouldn't have quite the
      same effect on people.. but I think it would still get a big audience.

      3 piece is killer. I saw them 5 or 6 times with Ivan.. and when he
      left... I've seen them 3 or 4 times since.. and it was so much heavier..
      so much more together.. there was a different, more powerful energy
      about them onstage. 3-piece is where they are meant to be.


      tgalloca wrote:
      > Hmmm....I think they are at their peak right now. Hopefully it lasts
      > for awhile longer. I think their popularity will drop down but not as
      > far down as it was. It would be nice if they could continue their
      > career and make some money (rather than spending or breaking even).
      > I sequel would be cool. Sacha has filmed alot of the aftermath.
      > However I don't think it would do as well. People like to watch the
      > underdogs win. Now that they have won....the story isn't going to have
      > the same pull. I'd still like to watch it though. :)
      > PS...I'd like to see a 2nd guitarist added. Sebastian Marino would be
      > cool.
      > --- In academyofanvil@yahoogroups.com
      > <mailto:academyofanvil%40yahoogroups.com>, captain2man <no_reply@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > First off....just want to say that when I started this group....I
      > could never in a zillion years have imagined that 9 years later Anvil
      > would be in the position that they are.
      > >
      > > I've been a fan of Anvil since the late 80s - just after Strength of
      > Steel came out - but didn't get to see them until the late 90s when
      > they played The Continental in New York City after Speed of Sound had
      > come out.
      > >
      > > Since then - I've probably seen them play about a dozen times in
      > clubs in the tri-state area....and - until the movie came out - I
      > doubt I ever saw them play in front of more than 20 people.
      > >
      > > Aside from the music - what endeared me to them was basically
      > exactly what people see in the movie.
      > >
      > > No matter that they may have driven down to Toronto to play a show
      > in Queens....the same night as Iron Maiden played Madison Square
      > Garden....in front of 5 people....they played just as hard (and heavy)
      > as they would if they were playing in a full arena.
      > >
      > > If they were disappointed at the turnout (and they must have been) -
      > they hid it from the fans. Lips, Robb, Glenn and Ivan were always
      > friendly, would sign anything you wanted them to, and would chat for a
      > bit.
      > >
      > > Lips was always responsive to my e-mails and even though I wouldn't
      > at all consider myself "friends" with him - he's always recognized me
      > at shows and took the time to at least say a quick "hello".
      > >
      > > To see what's happened to them because of this movie is absolutely
      > mind-blowing to me. Seeing this band go from playing in front of 10
      > people at 2 a.m. somewhere - to opening up for AC/DC at Giants Stadium
      > and getting all this press & attention is simply unbelievable and I
      > couldn't possibly be happier for them.
      > >
      > > My question is this, though.....and this is for the old diehards who
      > have been fans of the band since before the movie era - as well as
      > people who have joined up because they saw the movie and want to dig a
      > little deeper into the band....
      > >
      > > In the long run - what will come of Anvil because of the impact of
      > this movie?
      > >
      > > The gut reaction is to say that the movie has made Anvil a more
      > popular band.
      > >
      > > Well - I'm sure that this is definitely true. Anvil have become
      > almost a household name at this point.
      > >
      > > But WHAT exactly is gaining in popularity?? Is it the band as a
      > musical, creative entity who records & tours??.....OR....is it the
      > band themselves - as people.
      > >
      > > Since the movie has come out - Anvil has not played an actual "show"
      > in the NYC area....it's been "The Anvil Experience" - where the movie
      > is played basically as an opening act - followed by an Anvil
      > "concert". When I saw the premiere of the film at Gramercy Theater in
      > New York City, this "concert" was a grand total of maybe 15-20 minutes
      > and that was it.
      > >
      > > At some point - Anvil will need to "detach" from the movie. The
      > movie will always exist to be watched, of course....but at some point,
      > the hype will die down and the movie will fade from view - just like
      > anything in life.
      > >
      > > Will the popularity of the band continue & increase? Will record
      > sales and back catalog numbers increase?
      > >
      > > When Anvil are no longer playing shows with it's own movie as the
      > opening act.....when they come and play some club in NYC again....will
      > the audiences be larger than they were before?
      > >
      > > What exactly is being made "popular" due to this movie?
      > >
      > > Where will Anvil be - as a band - 2 years after the attention given
      > to them from the movie has subsided?
      > >
      > > If their audience increases and maintains itself - I'm sure they
      > will continue to write songs, make records & play live for as long as
      > they can do it.
      > >
      > > But what if that doesn't happen?
      > >
      > > Can they ever "go back home again" and go back to playing some clubs
      > somewhere in front of 25 people again? Can you get the red carpet/rock
      > star treatment as they are now and go back to where they were through
      > the 90s and the first part of the '00s?
      > >
      > > It's not a question that can really be answered....but I just wanted
      > to throw these thoughts out there and see what the Anvil "community"
      > had to say about this.
      > >
      > > What do the old diehard fans think? You guys were around before the
      > movie and your love for the band isn't just based on a curiosity
      > factor because of the movie. You will be there as long as Anvil exists
      > - even if they go back to playing small shows again.
      > >
      > > What do the newer people think? Are you here because you saw the
      > movie, like Lips & Robb as people?....find them interesting?....so
      > you're curious? Have you sought out some of their old records and
      > given them a listen? Do you like them? Would you buy a new Anvil
      > record or go see them if they played somewhere - and it was JUST them
      > - no movie?
      > >
      > > Would love to hear people's thoughts on this stuff.
      > >
      > > (P.S. Sorry for being such a stranger from this group....as I always
      > say when I peak in for a look....I'll try better).
      > >
      > > (P.P.S. If anyone saw the episode of That Metal Show when Anvil were
      > featured - I was the guy in the Stump the Trunk part of the show who
      > asked the Anvil-related question ("What was the name of the band
      > before they called themselves Anvil?")....I did stump Eddie & got a
      > Motorhead CD of it. If you listen closely - you can hear Lips
      > off-camera say "captain2man" as I'm stepping to the mic....that was
      > awesome!)
      > >
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