GRIM REAPER frontman Steve Grimmett has revealed the identities of the musicians that will be backing him during the group's upcoming performance at the Keep It True VI festival in Germany and subsequent headlining show in Greece.
"[I've] been informed by a few people that the [Keep It True VI] promoters are advertising this as a 'real GRIM REAPER reunion,'" Grimmett wrote in an e-mail to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "It's not — Nick Bowcott [guitar] cannot make any of the gigs in Germany or Greece. We will be performing all GRIM REAPER songs, but a reunion I would not call it."
GRIM REAPER 2006 touring lineup:
Steve Grimmett (LIONSHEART, SEVEN DEADLY SINS, ONSLAUGHT) - Vocals
Ian Nash (LIONSHEART, SEVEN DEADLY SINS) - Guitar
Pete Newdeck (PAUL DI'ANNO'S KILLERS) - Drums
Ritchie Walker - Bass
GRIM REAPER's performance at the Keep It True VI festival will take place on April 8 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The band have also confirmed a one-off date at the Underworld Club in Athens, Greece on April 15. Support at the latter show wille come from DREAM WEAVER and BLOODSTAINED.
According to the BNR Metal Pages, "GRIM REAPER's introduction to the metal scene is found on the classic 1981 compilation 'Heavy Metal Heroes', with their dark, very NWOBHM-sounding 'The Reaper' easily one of the top tracks on that album (though not really sounding a lot like their later material). Eventually they signed to tiny Ebony Records, by which time they had recruited a new vocalist in Steve Grimmett and had adopted a more mainstream metal style. Somehow their debut album, 'See You In Hell', attracted the interest of RCA, who eventually re-released the album and jump-started the band's career. They achieved remarkable success over the course of three albums despite never being exceptionally original (the album titles, and song titles too, are often pretty cliche-ridden). Grimmett later went to ONSLAUGHT and then on to a band called LIONSHEART, while guitarist Nick Bowcott achieved some fame writing guitar articles for various rock/metal magazines."