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Illustration for article titled emAnvil!/em emThe Story Of Anvil/em sequel to bring about world peace, hopefully

The 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil reintroduced the world to the sadly forgotten, influential Canadian heavy metal band, and the world graciously said, “Welcome back” (that is, after some of it said, “Why is your drummer’s name Robb Reiner, and does that mean this is all some sort of Spinal Tap homage?). Now, to repay the world for its hospitality and helping Anvil overcome years of bitterness and stagnation, the band hopes to solve all of the world’s problems: Reiner and bandmate Steve “Lipps” Kudrow have announced plans for a sequel, Anvil 2: The Quest For World Peace, which will continue the mission first mounted by Superman. But rather than tossing all nuclear weapons into the sun or battling guys with evil fingernails, the members of Anvil have set the far more attainable goal of playing a concert in Israel—“in a No Man’s Land, like by the Wailing Wall,” Kudrow says, which, no, that’s not a very good idea. Perhaps pick another, more appropriate location for your heavy metal festival besides one of religion’s most sacred prayer and mourning sites, such as on the Pope’s face.


But such dubious specifics aside, as always, the group’s heart is in the right place, which you can tell by the band members’ very sincere explanation of how they came to the realization that “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." And with typical, loveable humility, they acknowledge that they may not succeed in ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by playing songs like "Piss Test" or "Show Me Your Tits," but that even if it doesn’t happen, “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.” Either way, they plan to film their attempt, promising at worst another chapter in one of metal’s most surprisingly feel-good stories, and at best, complete and lasting harmony in the Middle East. Probably one of those two things. [via The Playlist]

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