Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner, Anvil band members and the subjects of the hit documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil, are set to make their appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien airing Tuesday, October 6th on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT. The film makes its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic as part of the "VH1 Rock Docs" franchise on Saturday, October 3rd at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT; and the DVD version will be available at all major retailers beginning October 6th.
The overwhelming response and incredible buzz created by the film paved a stellar comeback for Anvil guitarist Kudlow and drummer Reiner who started the band 30 years ago. This appearance on The Tonight Show is a momentous occasion for the band. Anvil will perform the song that many consider their anthem, "Metal On Metal," which is included as a bonus track on the "This is Thirteen" limited edition vinyl, hitting stores on Tuesday, September 15th. The band will also get a little couch time with O'Brien.
"I am so nervous about doing the show," said Kudlow. "This is big, the biggest thing we have ever done on TV. I almost cried when my mom said she might not be able to stay up that late to watch it, so we're going to tape it for her. We can't wait to meet Conan, and I think Robb is pretty excited to meet Max Weinberg."
Anvil: The Story of Anvil is the directorial debut of screenwriter Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal) and was produced by Rebecca Yeldham (The Kite Runner and The Motorcycle Diaries). The film follows Kudlow, Reiner and their band, Anvil, which released one of the heaviest albums in metal history, 1982's Metal on Metal. The album influenced an entire musical generation of rock bands, including Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, who all went on to sell millions of records. Anvil, on the other hand, took a different path-straight to obscurity. The film is both entertaining and touching as it follows their last-ditch quest for the fame and fortune that has been so elusive to them. With appearances by an array of heavy metal icons, including Metallica's Lars Ulrich, former member of Guns N' Roses' Slash, Anthrax's Scott Ian, and Slayer's Tom Araya, among others, Anvil: The Story of Anvil is a timeless tale of survival and the unadulterated passion it takes to follow your dream, year after year.
Anvil: The Story of Anvil is the newest film to air on the network under the Emmy Award-winning VH1 Rock Doc franchise. VH1 Rock Docs are high-end feature-length documentaries that each reveal an untold story in the history of rock and hip-hop music, combining never-before-seen footage with a unique and unconventional narrative approach. The documentaries tell some of the most unique stories of artists and music from a wide range of genres, styles, and musical perspectives.