While on tour in South America this past Jan. Grim Reaper frontman Steve Grimmett came down with an infection in his foot and as a result his right leg had to be amputated. Due to the reality of the financial strains from the surgery, bassist Chaz Grimaldi is putting up for auction an autographed Dean Hybrid Pro John Entwistle Signature Model bass guitar he used on the Fear No Evil 30th Celebration Tour of South America in the fall 2015 tour. All proceeds will go to Grimmett's medical and rehabilitation expenses. The auction is active now and ends on May 20, so hurry up and place a bid here.
Chaz Grimaldi spoke with AXS about how the situation with Steve unfolded, “It was crazy. He wasn’t feeling well and went to the hospital. They told him he had an infection and needed to have his leg amputated. No one was expecting to hear that, especially Steve. He wanted to get on the first flight home for a second opinion. I mean, who wants to have major surgery done in Ecuador. Third world country didn’t inspire confidence.”
He continued, “When Steve got to the airport they wouldn’t let him on the plane though, because of the infection. He was stuck. So he went back to the hospital and they did the surgery. He’s had three actually. It was a really aggressive infection and spread really quick overnight. They removed his right leg below the knee. They had to go back a few times because even after surgery the infection kept spreading.”
Grimaldi explained, "The rest of the band had to fly back without Steve. It was hard to just leave him behind in the hospital but the embassy looked after him and got him back to the U.K. safely." In the U.K., health care provided by NHS does not cover people when they are abroad.
AXS wishes Steve a healthy, safe and speedy recovery. Updates on his condition are posted on the Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper Facebook page.