Back in 1982, when Bill Peters started his popular indie-metal program on John Carroll University’s WJCU 88.7 FM, he dubbed it Metal on Metal after a song by Canadian metal band Anvil. He opens his show each Friday at 6:30 p.m. with the Anvil tracks “March of the Crabs” and “Metal on Metal.” As he told Blabblermouth.com, “I saw the band play in front of a small but enthusiastic crowd at the Cleveland Agora on the 'Metal On Metal' tour and have been a diehard fan ever since."
Tonight, Anvil’s singer Steve “Lips” Kudlow — appreciative of Peters’ steadfast support — will appear live on his program between 6:30-9:30 to talk about everything that’s gone on with the band since the release last year of the documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil.
While Peters’ program has been the backbone of Cleveland’s metal scene over the decades, Anvil have had their ups and downs. But they’re on a decided upswing now. This Is Thirteen, the album they were recording during the filming of the doc, has just received proper label distribution through the VH1 Classic label, after being self-released by the band in 2007. The documentary airs on VH1 and VH1 Classic tomorrow and has its DVD release Tuesday, October 6, the same day the band appears on The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.
Also appearing on Peters’ program tonight are Jowita Kaminska, owner of Italian label Metal on Metal which specializes in classic metal styles, and music journalist and graphic designer Simone Peruzzi. — Anastasia Pantsios