STEVE GRIMMETT’S GRIM REAPER, the revamped version of the cult ’80s British metal act GRIM REAPER, played its first concert since the band’s lead singer, Steve Grimmett, had his right leg partially amputated.
Fan-filmed video footage of the July 14 gig — which saw Grimmett walking with a prosthetic limb and using a wheelchair — at the Bang Your Head!!! festival in Balingen, Germany can be seen below.
Steve had the operation in January 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 57-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 that he was “determined” to perform at Bang Your Head!!!, because it is “one of the most important festivals in Germany and even Europe”.
He added: “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.”
Great photos from Bang Your Head, Germany, on 15th July 2017