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Anvil to Play Rocklahoma

Posted on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:20AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments35 Comments

From the official release:

PRYOR, OK—Eighties Rock Band Anvil has been signed on to play Rocklahoma on Thursday, July 9.

“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 Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb 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. “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” is a timeless tale of survival and the unadulterated passion it takes to follow your dream, year after year.

With the support of VH1 and VH1 Classic, a feature documentary, and an immeasurable amount of will and determination, the band is picking up where they left off twenty-five years ago. “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” is distributed by VH1 in association with Abramorama. This fall, VH1 will release the film on television and DVD under its Emmy Award-winning “VH1 Rock Docs” franchise. “Anvil! The Story of Anvil” premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. It went on to win the Audience Awards at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival, 2008 Sydney Film Festival, and 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, as well as the Best Documentary Feature Awards at 2008 Galway Film Fleadh, 2008 Calgary Film Festival, 2008 Edmonton Film Festival, and 2009 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The film was also nominated for the Truer Than Fiction Award at the 2009 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film was released in the UK to critical acclaim on February 20, 2009.

“This film is so much more than a documentary about the roots of metal. It's a story about the power of perseverance and friendship and the passion that drives them,” said Tom Calderone, President of VH1. “ ‘Anvil! The Story of Anvil’ has a huge heart and

will resonate with all of our viewers. This is the type of project that drew me into the VH1 fold and makes me especially proud to work here.”

“Anvil! The Story of Anvil” will be shown in its entirety Thursday Night at Rocklahoma on the jumbo tron screens following the performance of Anthrax.

Rocklahoma July 9-12 in Pryor, Oklahoma has been called by many throughout the world as the “Woodstock” of Eighties Rock Music

The lineup on each of the four days is as follows:

Thursday: Anthrax, Saxon, Overkill, Anvil, Metal Church and Leatherwolf.

Friday: RATT, Night Ranger, Warrant, Danger Danger, Helix and Hericane Alice

Saturday: Stryper, Thin Lizzy, KIX, KEEL, Lizzy Borden and Gypsy Pistoleros

Sunday: Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Great White, Nelson, Bonfire and Vixen

Reader Comments (35)

awesome, can't wait!!
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlajustice77
As I've said before , this is the BEST line-up for ANY multi-day festival in America...period. RGW comes close but ruined it by including bad 90s alternative bands. Primal Fear was a good add.

ROCKLAHOMA HERE WE COME and Allyson I wanna see you checking out the sidestage bands!!
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
Sam you are crazy! Did you see the crowds at Rock on the Range? I think ny seeing 60,000 fans pack that stadium tells you which mutliday festivzl has the best lineup in America. Rocklahoma has about 2,500 tickets sold and will be lucky to have 3,000 a day show up. Rock on the Range had 60,000 yesterday and don't say anything about "new" metal bands...There are a ton of good rock bands at Rock on the Range.
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Crew Stadium for Rock on the Range holds 30,000. Get your facts straight. And its the absolute worst venue to hold a festival at in the country. And with all those great bands, they couldnt even sell it out. And its not a summer festival when temps creep around 40 degrees. Nothing tops anything that Bonnaroo offers.
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWill
Will I was told they sell 60,000 tickets...maybe that is total then with thirty for each day. I do know the stadium holds aroun 27,000 total and then there is the field access and also there are stages in the parking lots as well...at least i think. And Why is Columbus the worst venue to hold a festival in the country?
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Crew Stadium is the worst place i have ever been to for a festival. Its a soccer stadium first that also works as a music venue. I just dont think it works out well. I went to rotr last year and i thought there were many issues, mainly the sound and stage setup. I just came away very unimpressed. Not to mention that it was the coldest festival i have ever attended. I didnt mean to sound rude with my comments so my apologies. The festival attendance still stays at 30,000 with the outside stages since everyone will end up inside the venue in the end. I love the theme of a 2 day new rock festival, i just wish it was in a better place
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWill
I will be at Rocklahoma on Thursday night but that will be it for me. I am hoping there are many more than 3000 people there. Although the lineup is average at best, still gotta show up and support it so that there are more of them. After all, a mediocre lineup is better than no lineup.
May 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWill
The stadium holds 30k people, for a soccer match. When there's more on floor than in the seats, the capacity is going to be a lot more. I don't know for sure how many people showed up, I just know it's a lot more than could fit into the ROK grounds, let alone how many actually showed up.

I am stoked for Anvil tho. That's a good add for ROK. Metal on metal !!!
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
For the record and this is straight from the promoter's mouth on rollingstone.com, "For its third year, the Columbus festival drew 38 bands and sold a two-day total of 56,000 tickets, according to L.A.-based promoter Del Williams."

thats 28,000 a day.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWill
ROTR sucked. Worst sound and bands I have ever seen in my 20+ year history in the music business. Total fucking mess. Rocklahoma absolutely DESTROYS it. Bunch of punkass kids who could care less about the music and not a good guitar solo to be found.

And if ANYONE thinks that GOOD bands are based on ticket sales - go fuck yourself.

I can't believe there are MORONS out there who think like that.

I was there. I saw it all. It was abysmal.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
Nearly 60,000 tickets sold tell me some people were pretty damn happy with ROTR - and I was one of them.

Sam, if you were there, how come you didn't call me? Or email? Or I didn't see you backstage?

I'm sorry I'm skeptical - I know you've hated ROTR from the get go, I guess because it's competition or whatever - but I'm going to give you 24 hours to prove to me you were at the fest or I am removing this post. Why go to something you hate?
I just don't think it's fair to tear something done unnecessarily. Especially on this website where I do my best to go to as many US based festivals as possible each summer.

So - 24 hours, starting at 6pm. Email me. Or call. You have my number.

Allyson
May 18, 2009 | Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford
Allyson just take it down now...we all know he wasnt there and Sam you are making yourself look so bad it is not even funny anymore. To tell you the truth because of your ignorance and now down right hate for anyone who likes music you don't, It really makes me not want to support any of your labels bands...but I know that would be short sighted on my part so I wont do that...you really need to get a grip man and come back to reality...you look like a fool making these types of posts and now even look like a hate filled person.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
KixRules hit the nail on the head. Sam needs to stop. Sam, with all due respect, its not worth you pissing any one person off and costing yourself or your label possible customers with your childish rants. I agree that clear channel and MTV royally screwed us, and I agree with 80% of your comments on this site, but you are doing yourself a huge dis-service by acting this way. I bet the small time bands on your label dont want any of this negative press that you are attracting to your great company sir.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
A friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go last minute. I reluctantly agreed and we got there around 2 on Saturday. I tried to have an open mind but could salvage NOTHING from a bunch of mall-core teenybop garbage. Why do you guys hate the fact that I find this stuff garbage with no redeeming qualities and then voice my opinion about it?
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
I'm not trying to piss anyone off. I was there. I am a musician and looked at every band objectively. After being at Rocklahoma last year , there's just no comparison. Crue wiped the floor with most of the 'others' and the style difference was totally noticeable. Fun Party Rock n Roll compared to angst-ridden and/or whiny 'downer' music. I appreciate that peoples opinions vary so why slam me for mine?
I just wanna know why you guys hold ROTR is such high regard after the debacle that I witnessed??
Those kids weren't there for the music and you damn well know that.

You aren't going to win any awards for supporting ClearChannel , go against the grain and support the music that SHOULD be in the top 100 again.

It just bewilders me why a website such as this would support a festival that totally abhors glam music.

Allyson is a hard-working woman with her heart in the right place. I agree with her 90% of the time. Let that be known.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
Well, assuming you're not lying, what side stage bands did you see ? Did you HONESTLY think that A7X were 'garbage' ? Why, because they sell more records in a day than your label has ever sold ? What is it about good singing, incredible guitar playing and success that you hate so much ? It can only be the success, right ?
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Good singing? Dude , that's stretching it. A7X were about the only band I could stomach. And when are you people gonna get off this trip about "if it sells x amount then it MUST be good"? Wtf is that?

Ok so Backstreet Boys sold about 10 million more albums than A7X so I guess they kick their ass then eh?

The best bands are the ones ClearChannel doesn't support. That's the bottom line.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
Christian , success is awesome , I hope that at least one of my 'new' bands attains much success. But success can be defined in many different ways. Success does not equal talent.

Hardly any of those bands at ROTR will be remembered or cared about 10 or 15 years from now.

What I love is the fact that many IDIOTS from the 90s (media especially) said that no one would give a shit about any of the 80s bands '10 or 15 years' from now - boy were they freakin wrong.

It's time for me to put my boot in THEIR ass and get a little revenge on all those douchebags who ragged on OUR music for an entire decade.

It's the reason I started my company and it's the reason I have stayed in business as long as I have and released more product than any major label in the past 3 years. They said I couldn't do it , they said I would fail in 6 months , they said nobody gave a shit about obscure bands from the 80s.

Who's laughing now?
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
Oh, my God. Just when you think it can’t get any more laughable… Sam, you are just so full of shit.

“To tell you the truth because of your ignorance and now down right hate for anyone who likes music you don't, It really makes me not want to support any of your labels bands...but I know that would be short sighted on my part so I wont do that...you really need to get a grip man and come back to reality...you look like a fool making these types of posts and now even look like a hate filled person.”

Spot fucking on.

“its not worth you pissing any one person off and costing yourself or your label possible customers with your childish rants.”

First you rant, then you recant, (sort of), as soon as you're called out by Allyson. It's laughable... you do the same thing over and over:

1.Co-op someone else’s post and voice an opinion that is almost always inflammatory and negative in regards to the subject
2.Insult anyone and everyone that doesn’t adhere to the same rigid taste in music as yourself – except Allyson because she has the power here and you know it
3.Engage in petty bickering, attempting to one up everyone
4.Boast about your label, who you know, and how long you’ve been in the business
5.Make HUGE, sweeping statements about your vision for saving the world
6.Remain completely oblivious to everyone sitting back and literally watching your ego rage out of control every time you post here

Sam, you’re acting like a complete asshat. At this point I think that Allyson should just ban you from posting here - and I'm sure there are a lot of people that come here regularly that agree with me. I mean, it's beyond ridiculous. ANYBODY that doesn't completely share your opinion is a fuckhead or sheep.

Evidently including me, an artist on your OWN LABEL. In another thread you said that my “taste in music is seriously questionable”. What the fuck, Sam? Are you high? What happened to your statement to me of “We’re all in this together”?

I think Allyson has tolerated your buffoonery about as long as possible; she’s all but called you out in front of everybody here. When are you going to get a clue? Get off your high horse and stop acting like you’re Ahmet Ertegun.

Or was he a fucking moron, too, because he could see beyond his own musical tastes?
Back off, Sam.

Just for the record, I don't believe you were at ROTR simply because knowing that Allyson was going to be there - and we all knew she was going to be there - you would have jumped at the chance to connect with her.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
^^^^^^^^ what Valentine said.
May 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules

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