He quit the band in January, saying drummer Reiner never stopped reminding him he wasn’t a real member of the band, and that he wanted to get out before they started filming a sequel to celebrated movie Anvil: The Story of Anvil.
Kudlow responded by accusing Five of conspiring to sabotage their plans by leaving at the worst possible moment.
In a review of his year on Facebook, the bassist says he’s spent the year jamming with other musicians – and he’s had a great time doing it.
Five reports: “So happy to have spent this past year playing with great musicians who are also great people. Such a pleasure to express myself with people who bring enjoyment to playing music and have no egos or hang-ups about trying new things.
“Gone are the days of working with self-righteous, narcissistic, sociopathic, stiff, boring, grumpy old men who kill all the fun and enjoyment out of living the dream.
“Also gone are the days of pretty much everyone I know asking me why I was so dedicated to two people who didn’t appreciate my dedication and contribution. And how a decade of not getting paid and going through the same hell they did, when nobody knew who we were, didn’t count for anything.
“Gone is the way I was meant to feel expendable, and how I was treated like I was riding their coat-tails after 15 years of loyalty and love for what I was part of.”
Despite that, Five insists he has no regrets from his time in Anvil – but adds: “It’s just a shame that I had to experience it all with two people who treated me like I wasn’t even there at all.”
Earlier this month Lips reported the band had completed work on their follow-up album to Juggernaut of Justice, with new bassist Sal Italiano, saying: “We’re all finished recording Hope In Hell. We went to the Rainbow Bar & Grill and had dinner. It was great seeing Lemmy sitting playing his usual slot machine. The recording came out killer – it should be out in April or May.”
-Classic Rock Magazine