At the age of 14, Adams worked as a dish washer to save money for a guitar.
He started auditioning as a guitarist while rehearsing his own band in his mother's rented basement in North Vancouver.
Adams elected to sing until they found a singer, but they never found one.
Upon its release, the film garnered critical acclaim from many major publications, and has since brought the band renewed recognition, including opening slots with AC/DC and Saxon.Appearances at both major heavy metal festivals, including Download, Loud Park and Hellfest, and independent music festivals like Bumbershoot and SXSW, also followed the release of the film.Under the guidance of producer Ralph Murphy, April Wine recorded their second album, titled On Record.The first single from the album was a cover version of the song "You Could Have Been a Lady", originally by the band Hot Chocolate. Both tracks remain staples on classic rock radio stations in Canada.Reviewers described Anvil as a pioneering hair metal band that was popular in the 1980s but then faded into obscurity in the 1990s, while refusing to stop playing, recording and gigging.
Anvil's antics on and off stage, the setbacks they suffered, and their determination to keep going was compared to the fictional band Spinal Tap. Originally based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the band enjoyed international success in the 1970s and 1980s, releasing more than 20 albums since 1971.
The band, in particular Kudlow and Reiner, was the subject of the 2008 documentary film, Anvil!
The Story of Anvil, directed by the screenwriter and former Anvil roadie, Sacha Gervasi.
The band's name was chosen simply because members thought the two words sounded good together.
The original members were brothers David Henman on guitar and Ritchie Henman on drums.
Not only could Brian contribute on guitar, he was also an accomplished singer and harmonica player.