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1st March 2017

todd la torre

Queensrÿche singer Todd La Torre has joined a list a of Metal Titans to re-record three classic Grim Reaper songs that will be made avaiable for purchase digitally and on Vinyl. All proceeds of the songs will go to Steve Grimmett's medical and recovery costs.

Steve Grimmett has been hospitalized in Ecuador since mid-January. The singer was on tour in support of Grim Reaper's latest album, 'Walking In The Shadows'. Steve's wife, Millie, has been updating fans around the globe of the singer's condition on the band's Facebook page.

Steve has endured multiple operations that have resulted in the near complete loss of his right leg. On the latest update, on February 28th 2017, Millie and Steve are now back in the UK and Steve is at Great Western Hospital recovering and has been given the green light to go home.

Todd spoke to The Metal Voice about joining in the relief effort:

"Grim Reaper was very much a part of my formative Metal years. The music has given so much to me, I am proud to be able to give back in any capacity. Wishing Steve the very best."

todd la torre

The relief project is spearheaded by Venom Inc bassist Tony Dolan and aided by Neil Turbin (Ex Anthrax, Deathriders), Sy Keller (Onslaught) and Editor of The Metal Voice, Jimmy Kay.

Tony Dolan had this to say about the re-recordings.

"There were quite a few choices we could make but once I asked the artists, everyone wanted to do 'See You In Hell' and 'Fear No Evil'. They are classics. 'The Show Must Go On' will also be included because that is what the man [Steve Grimmett] is going to do and that is what he will be doing stronger than ever. We will put out the songs on 7" as well as digital downloads."

The Reaper All-Stars include Gary Holt (Slayer, Exodus) Tim 'Ripper' Owens (ex-Judas Priest and Iced Earth), Doro Pesch, Lips (Anvil), Neil Turbin (Deathriders, ex Anthrax), Tony Dolan (Venom Inc) Ross The Boss (ex Manowar), Marc Jackson (Acid Reign/ M:Pire of Evil), Jonas Hornqvist (Bleed The Hunger), Sy Keeler (Onslaught), Bobby Blitz (Overkill), Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper), Blaze Bayley (ex Iron Maiden) Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper), John Gallagher (Raven), Mantas (Venom Inc), Joe Cangelosi (Whiplash, Kreator), Chuck Billy (Testament) Todd La Torre (Queensrÿche) and Glen Drover (ex Megadeth).

The songs will be produced by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Anvil Producer).

A Donation page has been set up and to date $14,000 has been raised. Check it out right here.


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