In an interview with MusicFrenzy.net earlier this week, drummer Robb Reiner and frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow confirmed that there will be a sequel to Anvil’s documentary. This time, the film will focus on Anvil’s attempt at throwing a peace concert in Israel (yup, you heard us correctly). While audio of the interview can be heard online, Anvil posted the following excerpt on Facebook of them talking about the movie, tentatively titled Anvil 2: The Quest For World Peace:
Robb: “Me and Lips are gonna try to rally the world and throw a peace concert in Israel, and they’re gonna film it.”
Lips: “The selfish endeavor of making it for ourselves is pretty much done. We’re living the dream. Now it’s like, what can we do to change the world? We changed our world, but what can we do to change the world to make it a better place? There’s a way to use your celebrity for really good things.”
Robb: “We’re gonna go and rally this and we’re gonna try to pull this off. See, we don’t know if we’re gonna pull this off, but we’re gonna make a major attempt. And they’re gonna film our quest. And if it does happen, that’s amazing. And if it doesn’t happen…”
Lips: “…Then the world will see that, even though we tried, what the obstacles were and what we have to overcome. As a human race, what we have to overcome.”
Robb: “We’re gonna talk to lots of bands, politicians, corporations… Everything possible to be involved in this, we’re gonna rally, and we’ll film it in real time, and we’ll see what happens.”
Lips: “The whole concept started [when I was] sitting in the director’s house and there [was] a newspaper sitting on the kitchen table, and I just started flipping out, ’cause I [was] reading it. It was one of those situations where things were really melting down on the Gaza Strip. And I just [went], ‘What is this? When is this gonna stop? Is there something anybody can do about this?’ And he [went], ‘You could do something about it. You’re getting famous. You could do something about it.’ And I [went], ‘Well, what can we do?’ And he [went], ‘Think about it. Just give it some thought.’ About a few weeks later, I thought, what if we went to some place, like in Jerusalem, but in a no man’s land, like by the Wailing Wall, and we’ll hold the festival there — where all three major religious groups can gather in peace and bring a community together. The other aspect is the ‘global metal’ phenomenon. There is metal bands from every country on earth. This could be represented totally by the genre itself. ANVIL is rocking and we’re cruising, and this will be something that we’re doing as well.”
It’s unclear whether or not director Sacha Gervasi will return for Anvil 2: The Quest For World Peace. But let’s be honest, there are likely two questions popping into your head right now: 1) “Is a sequel to Anvil’s documentary really necessary?” and 2) “Anvil bringing peace to Israel? Really?” Well, to play the devil’s advocate, at least they’re trying to do something for a good cause. [Although word of advice, having been to the Wailing Wall myself, it’ll likely be next to impossible to even get equipment anywhere near the Wall let alone curate a festival there.] Plus, let’s not forget how well done Anvil: The Story of Anvil actually was (when it could’ve been a Spinal Tap rip off). So best of luck to Anvil on their quest to world peace, since they’re going to need all the luck they can get.