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Nevermore Guitarist Diagnosed With Kidney Disease

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Nevermore guitarist Steve Smyth has been recently diagnosed with end stage kidney failure, the result of a congenital birth defect.

Says Smyth: I have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and have been advised to preserve my health as much as possible at this time, as I am facing complete renal failure within six months, and ultimately, a transplant. Due to my recently diagnosed condition, I have decided not to join the band on the In Flames US tour. I want to be fair to the fans, and be able to give them a show I know I can deliver night after night. I will, however, join Nevermore on all four of the European festivals on our itinerary in early June: Gods of Metal, Rock Hard, Rott Fest, and Sweden Rock, after which, the doctors should have some news about the next step in my treatment. I will say this: I will fight this, and I will be back!

Jag Panzer guitarist Chris Broderick will fill in for Smyth on the upcoming US tour, after which Smyth will rejoin the band for the aforementioned European festival dates. For more from Smyth about his health situation and future career plans, please visit www.stevesmyth.com

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1. Paul writes:

Jesus Christ, Nevermore finally have the most solid and amazing line-up ever and are out supporting one of the greatest albums ever made when Smith's kidney fails and Jim is fighting Chron's.

f***!

Get well guys.

f***!

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2. Jersey girl writes:

I have kidney failure also so all I can say is try to keep positive and you can handle this. It's just a detour on the road for you. God bless

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3. Scorched_Earth writes:

Good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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4. slayerdisciple writes:

i didnt know nevermore had 2 guitarists, as long as loomis and dane are all right this tour will still kick ass

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5. rising end writes:

well i hope he gets better that really sucks!

# May 1, 2006 @ 6:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. zMETALlica writes:

"as long as loomis and dane are all right this tour will still kick ass" - sadly that may all there is if the drummer gets ill lol

# May 2, 2006 @ 12:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. metalmayhem writes:

sure zmetallic and slayerdisciple, no s h i t they'll be alright on tour(and yes they have 2 guitarists are you kidding me??) , but get well soon steve smyth....he has solidified that bands line up. they have never been better. not only that but you never wish this sh** on anybody. Get well soon bro, and get back to BOTH of your bands ASAP

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8. RememberMetal? writes:

Grim stuff...I've known two people with Kidney failure. Weirdly both are young.

One got a kidney donated from her husband (by luck, he was the best possible donor outside of a family member) and another guy who I don't hang out with anymore. He was moody and aloof and never really took very good care of himself. I often wonder about him...

Moral of the story: This sucks and they need to follow their dr's orders by the f***ing letter. It makes all the differnce.

best wishes guys.

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9. slayerdisciple writes:

they didnt have 2 guitarists on enemies of reality not to mention all the pics. ive seen is just with dane, loomis, bassist and drummer ive never seen smyth in any of there pics and i dont own godless endeaver so i thought theyve been a quartet since dreaming neon black

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