This Is. . . Anvil?
This Is Spinal Tap director Rob Reiner has said that people approached him around the time of the release talking about the group as if they were "a real band." When the cheekily titled rockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil came out in 2008, it was hard to believe any of it was real. While that group has managed to keep one drummer since starting out in 1978 (though he is improbably named "Robb Reiner"), their bass and guitar slots have changed often. In the doc, the group is told it is "big in Europe" but a European tour falls apart. Later, frontman Steve "Lips" Kudlow has to borrow money from his sister to record the group's 13th album. Luckily for them, the tour following the release of the doc allowed them to do more than just rock out; they also screened their documentary on the road.