Steve Grimmett (19 August 1959 – 15 August 2022) was an English heavy metal vocalist, best known as the lead vocalist for the band Grim Reaper.
Grimmett began his career in the era of new wave of British heavy metal. His original band was the short-lived Medusa, before he became known as the lead vocalist for Grim Reaper. Grimmett later featured in Onslaught for a brief period, before forming Lionsheart and in more recent times, The Steve Grimmett Band and GrimmStine.
Grim Reaper achieved major success worldwide with three highly acclaimed studio albums along with single releases and MTV airplay. After Grim Reaper came a brief spell with Onslaught, with a debut single that charted in the UK. The Steve Grimmett Band is a more recent project, with Grimmett backed by Ian Nash, Chaz Grimaldi and Pete Newdeck. This band has continued to gig as Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper with a lineup now featuring Mark Rumble on drums.
Grimmett had just come back from the US promoting his international band GrimmStine which included Grimmett on vocals, Steve Stine on guitar, Hat on bass and Dave Johnson on drums. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2008.
Grimmett recorded a music video in conjunction with a commercial for Garmin that aired during the 2007 Super Bowl XLI.
In January 2017, Grimmett was hospitalized in Ecuador due to an aggressive infection on his right leg below the knee, where it was amputated in the process. He remained stationed in the medical facility until being released in February. In April, he began to walk again with a prosthetic metal leg attached. On 14 July, Grimmett performed on stage for the first time since his operation in a wheelchair at Bang Your Head!!!.
Grimmett died on 15 August 2022 at the age of 62.
- The Sanity Days
In 2011, Steve Grimmett and other ex-Onslaught band members launched a new project called the Sanity Days. They intended to be together for a limited period playing songs from Onslaught’s most commercially successful album In Search Of Sanity at well-known festivals.
On 7 December 2012, the Sanity Days performed at a concert to launch the inaugural International Day of Heavy Metal. The Sanity Days were the headline band, with Severenth and Twisted State of Mind as support. The band played festival shows in 2013, including shows in Dubai, Japan and South America.
In August and September 2013, Grimmett produced and recorded British grunge-metal band Burnthru for their second album, Faithless.
On 24 March 2015, the Sanity Days released an album with all-new material called Evil Beyond Belief.
- Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper
Since 2006, the band has made several successful appearances at festivals around Europe, including Keep It True, British Steel, Muskelrock, and Sword brothers. This lineup of the band also recorded his solo album Personal Crisis in 2007. In November 2011, to coincide with their run of gigs in Greece and Cyprus, the band issued the ltd edition live EP Live in Europe featuring classic Reaper tracks. The band appeared as headliners of the British Steel festival in London in June and co-headliners of Belgium’s Heavy Sound festival in November 2013. With the current incarnation of Grim Reaper, the album Walking in the Shadows was released on 23 September 2016.
Style and popularity
He was similar in appearance to the Greek politician Evangelos Venizelos, and as a result, Grim Reaper is popular in Greece.
- Clash of the Titans (2005 cd reissue of demo and rehearsal tracks recorded in the late 1970s)
- Chained and Desperate (1983)
- See You in Hell (1984)
- Fear No Evil (1985)
- Rock You to Hell (1987)
- In Search of Sanity (1989)
The Sanity Days
- Evil Beyond Belief (2015)
- Lionsheart (1992)
- Pride in Tact (1994)
- Under Fire (1998)
- Rising Sons – Live in Japan 1993 (2002)
- Abyss (2004)
Tribute CD appearances
- 666: The Number One Beast – A Tribute to Iron Maiden vol 1 and 2 (1999 and 2000) Also available as a 2 cd “A Double Dose of Maiden” and under the name “The Maiden Years”
Tracks include Steve’s vocals on “2 Minutes to Midnight”, “The Number of the Beast” “Aces High”, and “Wasted Years”. Ian Nash plays guitar on these tracks.
- Only UFO Can Rock Me – A Tribute to UFO (2001)
- The Boys Are Back – A Tribute to Thin Lizzy (2004) also available as “Top Musicians Play the Music of Thin Lizzy”
Tracks include “The Boys Are Back in Town”, “Jailbreak”, “Killer on the Loose”, “Sarah” and “Cowboy Song”
- Snakebite – A tribute to Whitesnake
Tracks include “Still of the Night”, “Slow and Easy”, “Fool for Your Loving”
- Another Hair of the Dog – A Tribute to Nazareth
Track – “Bad Bad Boy”
- Fire Fire (1989) – backing vocals
- Warning from History (1999) – backing vocals
- Friction (2002)
The Steve Grimmett Band
- Personal Crisis (2007)
- GrimmStine (2008)
Empires of Eden
- Reborn in Fire (2010) – vocals on “This Time”
- Channeling the Infinite (2012) – vocals on “Beyond Daybreak”
- Western Dawn Rider (2013) – vocals on “A Sign to Speak”
Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper
- Live in Europe – ltd CD EP (2011)
- Walking in the Shadows (2016)
- Dusk and Her Embrace (2016) – additional vocals, narration
- Wolves Reign (2017) – vocals on “Scream of the Hawk”
- ^ “GRIM REAPER’s STEVE GRIMMETT Has Part Of Leg Amputated To Combat ‘Aggressive Infection'”. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
- ^ “GRIM REAPER’s STEVE GRIMMETT Remains Hospitalized In South America After Partial Leg Amputation”. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
- ^ “Grim Reaper’s Steve Grimmett Released From Ecuador Hospital After Leg Amputation”. Loudwire.com. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
- ^ “Steve Grimmett Walking Again With Prosthetic Metal Leg”. Metalunderground.com. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
- ^ “GRIM REAPER’s STEVE GRIMMETT Plays First Concert Since Losing His Leg (Video)”. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
- ^ “GRIM REAPER Singer STEVE GRIMMETT Dead At 62”. Blabbermouth.net. 15 August 2022. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
- ^ “Venizelos meets his match” Archived 16 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Athens News, 14 November 2011.
- ^ “Only UFO Can Rock Me – A Tribute To UFO (2001, CD)”. Discogs.com. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
- ^ “Only U.F.O. Can Rock Me: U.F.O. Tribute – Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits”. AllMusic. 20 February 2001. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
- “Grab Your Garmin” video
- Steve Grimmett at AllMusic
- Steve Grimmett discography at Discogs
- Steve Grimmett at IMDb