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NEVERMORE Guitarist Undergoes Successful Kidney Transplant Surgery - Jan. 10, 2007

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  1. Will Bozarth

    Will Bozarth Everlasting Godstopper

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    NEVERMORE Guitarist Undergoes Successful Kidney Transplant Surgery - Jan. 10, 2007
    NEVERMORE guitarist Steve Smyth (NEVERMORE, DRAGONLORD, ex-TESTAMENT, VICIOUS RUMORS) has issued the following update:

    "The time has finally come to share a very important piece of news directly related to my health. On December 12th, 2006, I had a successful kidney transplant!

    "After six straight months on dialysis, changes to my lifestyle and diet, and a very thorough search for a suitable donor, by early August 2006, we had a preliminary match. Several rounds of blood and tissue typing tests had to be subsequently performed to ensure we were a perfect match for transplant; the main reason for my hesitance in saying anything publicly during those months.

    "The donor shall remain nameless, but my gratitude to him for his selfless act of kindness and friendship will endure forever! Thank you so much — you have no idea how much this means to me!

    "I am now on the road to recovery, as they say. This is mainly requiring a lot of adjustment to medications I will be on for the rest of my life, a small price to pay to be free from dialysis, and the restrictions it places on a person, both mentally and physically. I had no idea how much freedom I took for granted before all of this hit. 2006 was a big revelation of the frailty of human life for me, something I will not take for granted again.

    "Where does all this lead to next? I've been advised by my doctors that I will not be able to travel in any capacity for the next six months, as I have to adjust to immunosuppressant drugs to fight any possible form of rejection of the kidney, and my body needs time to recover from this operation, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes. All things that only make one stronger!

    "Obviously, my health must come first, but of huge importance to me is my loyalty to the rest of NEVERMORE, and as soon as I am deemed fit and ready to hit the road again, I will. I've already written 4-5 songs in various stages for the next NEVERMORE record, when the time comes to do one.

    "My immediate plans are to finish THE ESSENESS PROJECT, my instrumental debut album collaboration with bass player/composer Steve Hoffman and special guest drummer Atma Anur, and find a suitable label to release the album, and get this album heard, finally! It’s been a long road, most recently delayed by my health issues. I am glad to finally be getting this on to the mix stage within the next month.





    fuckin awesome!!!!
     
  2. ms. anthrope

    ms. anthrope back off, mofo...

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    gee, will, i guess you beat me to it...
     
  3. Will Bozarth

    Will Bozarth Everlasting Godstopper

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    HAHAHA!! how the FUCK did Blabbermouth beat YOU to that?!? :lol:
     
  4. Nebulous

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    Wow. Awsome, congrats Steve. All the best in your recovery.
     
  5. evil_pete

    evil_pete Testamental

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    Great news! :headbang:

    Also, :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: to the donor
     
  6. ms. anthrope

    ms. anthrope back off, mofo...

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    well... we were waiting 'til they got it first. damn, you're freakin' fast.. :lol:
     
  7. kmanick

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    That's awesome news!!!!
    Congrats Steve, we're all pulling for you :kickass:
     
  8. MaryJ

    MaryJ Bassist for Bedlam Galore

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    really great news! :kickass:

    congrats steve. i wish you all the best for the next months! :) :headbang:
     
  9. Galiral

    Galiral The Bored One

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    I'M REALLY FUCKIN' HAPPY FOR YOU STEVE!!!!!

    I want to see you on the stage here in europe ASAP!!
     
  10. Fifth_Horseman

    Fifth_Horseman Watch out, it's sharp!

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    I'm very happy to hear this great news!

    I did wonder how you would deal with dialysis while being on vacation. Now it's suddenly pretty clear... :D

    I wish you all the best for your recovery!
     
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    awesome news steve! I'm happy for you and i wish you a speedy and painless recovery. Get healthy and strong and then think about nevermore! It is awesome to have you back!
    paul
     
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    best news i've heard all week.
     
  13. Steve Smyth

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    FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10TH ,2007

    Following successful kidney transplant surgery in December, guitarist Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Dragonlord, ex-Testament, Vicious Rumors) issues the following statement:

    The time has finally come to share a very important piece of news, directly related to my health. On December 12th, 2006, I had a successful kidney transplant! After 6 straight months on dialysis, changes to my lifestyle and diet, and a very thorough search for a suitable donor, by early August 2006, we had a preliminary match. Several rounds of blood and tissue typing tests had to be subsequently performed to ensure we were a perfect match for transplant; the main reason for my hesitance in saying anything publicly during those months.

    The donor shall remain nameless, but my gratitude to him for his selfless act of kindness and friendship will endure forever! Thank you so much, you have no idea how much this means to me!

    I am now on the road to recovery, as they say. This is mainly requiring a lot of adjustment to medications I will be on for the rest of my life, a small price to pay to be free from dialysis, and the restrictions it places on a person, both mentally and physically. I had no idea how much freedom I took for granted before all of this hit. 2006 was a big revelation of the frailty of human life for me, something I will not take for granted again.

    Where does all this lead to next? I’ve been advised by my doctors that I will not be able to travel in any capacity for the next 6 months, as I have to adjust to immunosuppressant drugs to fight any possible form of rejection of the kidney, and my body needs time to recover from this operation, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes. All things that only make one stronger!

    Obviously, my health must come first, but of huge importance to me is my loyalty to the rest of Nevermore, and as soon as I am deemed fit and ready to hit the road again, I will. I’ve already written 4-5 songs in various stages for the next Nevermore record, when the time comes to do one.

    My immediate plans are to finish The EssenEss Project, my instrumental debut album collaboration with bass player/composer Steve Hoffman, and special guest drummer, Atma Anur, and find a suitable label to release the album, and get this album heard, finally! It’s been a long road, most recently delayed by my health issues. I am glad to finally be getting this on to the mix stage within the next month. For more updates on The EssenEss Project, please check in at www.theessenessproject.com and our related forum. We have lots of news upcoming, as we confirm the next phases of the record, including mixing duties, mastering duties, and artwork, and finally, what label will release it. Interested parties in this last area, please contact me at: steve@stevesmyth.com

    I am also set to launch my internet guitar lesson business within the coming weeks. This will be a “live via webcam” lesson, all things that would happen in a regular live lesson with me will remain intact; written and audio/video examples, and direct focus on your goals as a musician are my aim. If you are interested in pursuing lessons with me, please contact me at: steve@stevesmyth.com with INTERNET GUITAR LESSONS in the title. I will include you on a mailing list due to go out this week, with full details on the lessons, how they will be run, cost, scheduling, etc. I look forward to teaching you!

    Please stay tuned to www.stevesmyth.com (here) or www.myspace.com/stevesmyth for further updates, or my forum on Ultimate Metal, as all further updates will come from any of these locations.

    I told everyone I would fight this, and be back! Bring on 2007, I’m ready!

    ~ Steve Smyth
     
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    This is the best news I have heard in a long long time my friend. Get yourself healthy!

    I sure would like to hear a tease of the songs you have written for the new album....:heh:
     
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    You got a kidney on my birthday, rockin' man!!

    Cant wait to see you out here in aus dude, I was happy I seen nevermore recently but after that new born vid, I havent seen them at all :worship:
     
  16. flying_whale

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    Best news of the year!
     
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    This made my day. The person who donated is an amazing person! Can't wait for you to fully recover and start playing again steve!:headbang:
     
  18. mpigott

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    Great news steve.....I am excited to hear you out on the road, and on the new cd. I hope youre feeling 200% after all this, you deserve it. Great to hear about your online lessons as well. Cheers.....and Metal!!!!!!!
     
  19. FretsAflame

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    A new year, a new kidney! Fantastic news man, I hope your road to recovery is smooth, I'm sure you'll be rockin in no time! So fucking happy to hear this man, really. Happy New Year!
     
  20. Genius Gone Insane

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    Hey Steve, I actually heard this info through mass email, so evidently you've got a lot of people out there who care about you, which is great. You're an awesome dude and I--like everyone else on this board--am really happy for you....Now when can I get some lessons, dammit?!!!!

    :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:
     

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