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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."

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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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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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