Cat scratch fever
- I remember that "LIPS" played that song in the early days. It seems
that Lips played it again with Slash and Ian of Anthrax. I found this
Sundance 2008: Live from Park City
The Anvil drops on Utah
Seeing Canadian heavy metal rockers Anvil take the stage Monday night
with "surprise guests" Scott Ian of Anthrax and Slash was the perfect
way to end a day that began with seeing the group in their darkest
hour. The documentary "Anvil! The True Story of Anvil" has already
gotten lots of attention here and here. I won't add to the film's
synopsis except to say that seeing singer Steve "Lips" Kudlow
attempting to rock out in some of Eastern Europe's most foreboding
rock joints for no pay, then returning home to raise his child with a
hopeful smile on his face was as anguishing as any invented Sundance-
drama-type misfortunes I've yet seen.
If you ever watched "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" and wondered
what those guys would be like minus the scads of money they had to
blow on life coaches, you get an answer with Anvil.
Reminiscent of a previous Sundance doc, "American Movie," Anvil's
story is something we're preconditioned to snicker at. Who could
resist rolling their eyes at some aging, balding, semi-anonymous
metal dude trying desperately to achieve his dreams of rock demi-
godhood? But no longer. Seeing "Anvil" should give anyone who ever
perused a county fair performance lineup and mused "They're still
performing?" reason to find newfound respect for the dedication
OK, maybe a little snickering is all right.
But seeing Kudlow, drummer Robb Reiner, and the rest of Anvil on
stage at Sundance (in their first-ever Utah appearance) was seeing
that dream finally begin to become a reality.
"Can you believe they made a movie about me?" Kudlow mused on stage.
His persona slipping from the seemingly dangerous singer of songs
such as "Sex, Sex, Sex" into his real-world voice of a kinda goofy
"Somebody pinch me," he said, looking over at Ian and Slash, just
before the band launched into a cover of "Cat Scratch Fever."
The cover to get into the Star Bar was an exorbitant $40, but I
didn't feel bad shelling it out. Here's hoping the band finally got
-- Patrick Day
(Photo: "Lips" Kudlow rocks out with Slash during "Cat Scratch Fever")
- Very cool article Tange, merci beaucoup!
Does anybody know if the movie has found distribution yet (and of
course coming to Montreal)?
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> I remember that "LIPS" played that song in the early days. It seems
> that Lips played it again with Slash and Ian of Anthrax. I found this
> Sundance 2008: Live from Park City
> The Anvil drops on Utah
> Seeing Canadian heavy metal rockers Anvil take the stage Monday night
> with "surprise guests" Scott Ian of Anthrax and Slash was the perfect