Fan-filmed video footage of STEVE GRIMMETT’S GRIM REAPER, the revamped version of the cult ’80s British metal act GRIM REAPER, peforming on April 27 at the Keep It True XXI festival at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany can be seen below.
STEVE GRIMMETT’S GRIM REAPER lead singer Steve Grimmett had his right leg partially amputated in Janaury 2017 after an infected wound on his foot spread to the bones in his leg part way through the group’s five-week tour of South America.
The life-saving surgery was carried out in Ecuador and the 58-year-old singer was in hospital for just over a month while fans raised $14,000 to bring him home after his insurance company refused to pay because of the type of work he was doing.
“It was tough but throughout it all I have kept a positive attitude,” Steve told the Swindon Advertiser.
“Throughout the two operations, for which I was given epidurals, I was thinking of the soldiers who come back from war far worse than me.
“I am a big war bird buff and I thought of Sir Douglas Bader and what he achieved without either of his legs.
“While I was in hospital, I felt a bit down because I missed [my wife] Millie and my family, but not because I had lost a leg.
“At times, it could be amusing: fans were coming in to see me and I could tell when the medical workers were using the Internet to check me out because I’d hear them playing my songs.”
Grimmett told the Swindon Advertiser: “What’s happened has been very humbling, especially when I consider the number of people who have helped me. I now look on life a bit differently. What’s happened has taught me not to be impatient and to make the most out of life.”
Grimmett reformed GRIM REAPER in 2006 as STEVE GRIMMETT’S GRIM REAPER following an amicable decision between the singer and original GRIM REAPER guitarist Nick Bowcott, who both agreed that using the original name minus the other members of the classic lineup wouldn’t be a proper reunion.