For the first time in 27 years, the classic lineup of Canadian metal pioneers, ANVIL, posed together prior to the band’s recent gig at The Music Hall in Oshawa, Ontario (July 23, 2016). Former members Ian Dickson (bass) and Dave Allison (rhythm guitar, vocals) joined current ANVIL members Steve “Lips” Kudlow (vocals, guitar) and Robb Reiner (drums) for a photograph to commemorate the occasion. Lips and Reiner, along with Dickson and Allison came together to form the band Lips in 1978 after which they changed their name to ANVIL shortly after signing with Attic Records in 1981. This lineup went on to record six studio albums together including their debut album Hard ‘N’ Heavy (1981), Metal on Metal (1982) and the band’s most commercially successful album Strength of Steel (1987) as well as a live album Past and Present – Live in Concert (1989).
Following the meet up with his former band mates, Dave Allison had this to say on his Facebook page, “I went to Oshawa last night and hung out with the boys. When I say the boys I mean the Anvil boys. What a f****** night. I just want to say thanks to the guys for an absolutely excellent evening. I don’t think I’ve done that much yelling and screaming in about 20 years.” He goes on to say, “Wow what a night that was can’t believe how blessed I am to have been part of that band and to have written the material. The f****** boys amazing last night I am truly blessed. Thanks, guys had a great time as always your friend Dave Allison.”
Allison left the band in 1989, followed by Ian Dickson in 1993.
The band recently released a video for the song “Zombie Apocalypse” off their new album Anvil is Anvil. You can find Decibel Geek‘s Anvil is Anvil review here: Album Review
ANVIL continues a busy schedule of busy touring throughout the remainder of 2016 with shows in Southern Ontario and Newfoundland in August and September before heading to Japan and the United Kingdom in October and Europe in November.