Known by the stage name/nickname "Lips," this Canadian metal vocalist and guitarist is famous as a founding member of the Toronto-based heavy metal group Anvil. His numerous studio albums with the band include Metal on Metal (1982), Plugged in Permanent (1996), and Hope in Hell (2013).
He started playing the guitar at age nine and, in 1978, co-founded Anvil (originally called Lips) with his high school musical collaborator and friend, drummer Robb Reiner. Anvil released its debut studio album, Hard 'n' Heavy, in 1981.
He was prominently featured in the acclaimed 2008 documentary feature Anvil! The Story of Anvil.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he grew up with an older brother. Though his father encouraged him to learn the guitar, Kudlow's mother disapproved of his musical ambitions.
Kudlow and Voivod guitarist Denis D'Amour both founded Canadian heavy metal bands.