Anvil is ready to give back. The legendary Canadian metal band got a second chance at fame a few years ago when their struggle to keep playing music became the successful 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil. And while the members have enjoyed their newfound, late-coming triumph, it’s time to “make a difference” – a popular sentiment shared amongst many artists, but just maybe by some who spent some time not making a whole lot of money for awhile.

In an interview at MusicFrenzy, Robb Reiner and Steve “Lips” Kudlow of Anvil discuss their next project, a concert in Jerusalem. A transcript of the interview went up on Facebook. For a quick summary, Lips said: "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."

It’s easy to understand how Reiner and Kudlow arrived at this decision. Since 1971, when George Harrison hosted the first big, musical benefit show The Concert for Bangladesh, musicians have been getting together to raise awareness, money – and, OK, their own profiles.

And while we can’t always say that the world was changed for the better with these massive concerts, we can say that the music world was changed forever with every eclectic musical fusion.

Here are a few gems that you may have missed or forgotten over the years of these philanthropic musical outings:

On April 20, 1992 the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness was held at Wembley Stadium. The event featured many a Queen cover, including this rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody from the band with Elton John and Axl Rose. Watch for Rose's entrance at 3:15! 

Officially it was called Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto. The July 30, 2003 concert was held to help revive Toronto after the SARS epidemic. Unoffically it was called "Stars 4 SARS", "SARSStock", "SARSfest", "SARS-a-palooza", the "SARS concert", and also "The Rolling Stones SARS Benefit Concert." During the show Mick Jagger invited Justin Timberlake on stage to help out on Miss You. It ended up being one of Timberlake's most horrible moments. 

Live Earth was the contribution of Al Gore to the benefit concert legacy. More than 150 artists in 11 countries around the world shared the broadcast. For sheer amazingness it's hard to beat Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom." Here's guessing that every musician up on that stage lived the dream that day!  

Related links:

Jesse Matthewson of KEN Mode talks Juno Metal win

Full Metal Podcast #6: Download and listen Now

posted by Lisa Christiansen on Apr 03, 2012