Canadian metal legends ANVIL are set to return to the road in the U.S. in early 2017. The tour will kick off March 2 in Boston, Massachusetts and will run through April 9 in Cleveland, Ohio. Support on the trek will come from NIGHT DEMON and GRAVESHADOW.
Says ANVIL frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow: "ANVIL does America. The vibrator king returns. Also looking forward to Golden Corral."
Adds ANVIL drummer Robb Reiner: "ANVIL is ANVIL and we play fuckin heavy metal. Looking forward to the return and smashing all the pounders!!!"
The dates are as follows:
Mar. 02 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Mar. 03 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Putnam Den
Mar. 04 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Mar. 05 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Studio)
Mar. 09 - Chesapeake, VA @ Riffhouse Pub
Mar. 10 - Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
Mar. 11 - Wilmington, NC @ Reggies 42nd Street
Mar. 12 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
Mar. 16 - Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks
Mar. 17 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
Mar. 18 - Sanford, FL @ West End Live
Mar. 22 - New Orleans, LA @ Southport Music Hall
Mar. 23 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Mar. 24 - San Antonio, TX @ Korova
Mar. 25 - Arlington, TX @ Diamond Jim's Saloon
Mar. 26 - Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
Mar. 30 - Omaha, NE @ Lookout Lounge
Apr. 01 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
Apr. 02 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's
Apr. 06 - Westland, MI @ Token Lounge
Apr. 07 - Cudahy, WI @ The Metal Grill
Apr. 08 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies
Apr. 09 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Reiner and Kudlow recently confirmed that they are "about halfway through" filming their next documentary project. They also revealed that they have written "six new songs" for ANVIL's follow-up to "Anvil Is Anvil" album, which came out on February 26 worldwide (excluding Japan) via SPV/Steamhammer. "We're gonna try to record it next summer," said Robb. "And we're just actually tossing around album titles right now."
ANVIL's first documentary, "Anvil! The Story of Anvil", was named one of 2009's best documentaries by a slew of film critics associations across the continent. The directorial debut of screenwriter Sacha Gervasi ("The Terminal"), it followed ANVIL on a thirty-year quest for rock-stardom and it featured interviews with longtime fans and many of the band's successful peers, all of whom seemed equally puzzled by ANVIL's lack of fame and fortune.