The Metal Voice’s Jimmy Kay recently interviewed Grim Reaper frontman Steve Grimmett and his wife Millie for a second time about the singer’s hospitalization in Ecuador. Venom Inc’s Tony Dolan and former Anthrax vocalist Neil Turbin chimed in on the conversation as well. During the interview, Grimmett revealed a special fundraiser show in his hometown in England. The event, organized by Brian Keene, will be held on April 1 at Riff’s Bar. Grimmett also revealed a special collaboration of metal artists will be joining together to record Grim Reaper material to help raise additional funds for his increasing medical bills. This collaborative project is being produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest/Anvil) and led by Dolan, Turban, Kay, and Sy Keeler (OnSlaught). There will be a handful of additional contributors including Gary Holt (Exodus), Tim “Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden), Doro Pesch, Lipps (Anvil), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed the Hunger), Ross The Boss (Manowar), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (Overkill), Jimmy Mantas (Venom Inc.), Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom) and more.
During the interview Grimmett’s wife Millie gave an update on his medical condition:
“He has now had four operations; yesterday he had the latest to clean the wound a bit more. Doctors opened it up and put a drain in to stop any further infections. The infection has now seemed to stabilize. The wound, however, has been left open. He can’t fly until ten days after a big operation so the earliest he could fly home is this Friday. Because of the pressure of the plane, you have risks of blood clotting and renewed bleeding so we have to make sure Steve can actually survive the flight. It is a total of 19 hours door-to-door; it’s a grueling journey for anybody. I have a meeting with the doctor tomorrow morning to discuss how he is doing and other recovery options. There is another treatment using oxygen. We are hoping they might be able to do that over the next few days which could speed up the process. Now that I am here, Steve has perked up a bit and it makes me feel a lot better to see him. We are alone out here and we want to go home.”
Grimmett himself said the following:
“I am very humbled. I didn’t realize that I meant so much to other people. I got no words other than thank you. And when I’m out on my new leg, I’m going to come out and sing for a big party.”
After a few operations were made, Grimmett ended up losing his right leg. He has been in the hospital since mid-January and donations can be made to here to support his medical costs.
Secondly, from now on all proceeds to Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper album Walking in the Shadows will be donated to his medical costs as well.
Watch the full interview here: