Look up the words “resilience” and “perseverance” in the dictionary and you’ll most likely see a picture of Grim Reaper lead singer Steve Grimmett. He and the most current resurrection of Grim Reaper (Ian Nash – guitar, Julian Hill – bass, and Mark Pullin – drums) are in the midst of a North American tour, after headbanging their way across Europe and South America.
That, in itself, is not a feat. Bands tour all the time, some schedules more grueling than others. Steve hit the road, less than a year after doctors in Ecuador found an aggressive infection in Steve’s right leg and had to amputate it below the knee. Steve stomps around the stage, balanced by a prosthetic that’s metal in every way. He showed off the hand-painted prosthetic on Facebook last April, two months after his surgery.
Steve hasn’t lost his swagger, his enthusiasm, or his voice. The band’s lineup may be different but the band rocks as hard as it did in the early 1980’s, when the album See You in Hell catapulted Grim Reaper from Northern England to the rest of the world, thanks to MTV.
Wanna feel old? See You in Hell celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.
Venues across the Pacific Northwest have recently played host to a who’s who of 80’s rock and metal, and bands like Saxon, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and even Alice Cooper dropped in, rocked out, and proved that age is just a number.
Fans heading to El Corazon on Thursday, October 18th should brace themselves for the onslaught that is Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper. If you saw the band when they toured back in the 80’s and 90’s, like I did (in NYC back the 80’s at the legendary L’Amour in Brooklyn), Thursday’s show will feel like a trip back in a heavy metal time machine. New fans will want to grab all of their albums, especially See You in Hell (and check out their music video)
Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper
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