Leg loss doesn't stop Drunken Monkey Festival headliner rocking on

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A MIDLANDS rock festival will celebrate a heavy metal icon’s mega comeback after losing part of his leg on a life-changing South American tour.

Cult band Grim Reaper’s frontman Steve Grimmett will get a resounding reception on the main stage at the August 4-6 Drunken Monkey Rock Festival in Worcestershire.

The Upton-on-Severn blast is also making the news with a trailblazing Augmented Reality (AR) Mobile App that will bring publicity posters to life.

The two stage event combines big names with up and coming bands - including the PiggyDooDar trio of 11 year-olds and South African Gage, who are coming over specially.

The Drunken Monkey Rock Festival was launched in Upton-upon-Severn four years ago, in memory of local man Ian Dowton, who died after a car accident. So far it has raised more than £11,000 for the life-saving Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

“We’re really excited about this year’s festival. There will be some awesome performances and we are more than looking forward to rock legends Steve Grimmett’s comeback,” says Steve Coyne, Chairman of the festival committee of volunteers.

The three day event includes Soul Stripper, Guns 2 Roses, Troyen, and of course Grim Reaper, which was born in Droitwich and stormed the 100-strong Battle of the Bands in the eighties.

Singer Steve Grimmett, who lives in Swindon with wife Millie, is currently learning to walk on his new prosthetic leg.

He had five operations and three amputations in an Ecuador hospital after picking up an infection during the Walking in the Shadows album tour earlier this year.

Steve, who is planning to write a book about his experience, has been stunned by fans’ support and fund-raising to help cover the $25k Ecuador hospital bill and ongoing recuperation.

“It has been phenomenal and very humbling,” says Steve. 

“I will reward everyone by getting back on stage... and walking round like I had two legs!”

The Drunken Monkey AR Mobile App is the brainchild of creative, rock loving Mick Hurst at Worcestershire-based Areca Design.

It will trigger videos of Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, Population:7 and Guns2Roses on posters.

“The charity is a wonderful, life-saving service that deserves all the support we can give it. It’s a charity that’s particularly close to my heart, as an avid motorbike man, and we’re all music loving rockers at Areca,” says Mick.

Grim Reaper group shot

He’s back! The legendary Steve Grimmett and Grim Reaper.