SEPULTURA drummer Eloy Casagrande, who recently underwent surgery after breaking his right leg in a stage accident, was hospitalized again earlier this week with a kidney infection.
On Friday (April 22), the 31-year-old Brazilian musician took to his Instagram to share a few photos from the hospital in São Paulo, and he included the following message: “Yesterday I was in a physical therapy session and I had a sudden pain in my abdomen. I had to rush to the hospital. I was diagnosed with a kidney infection (pyelonephritis) due to a stone that blocked the Ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder). I had to go into an emergency surgery to have a ‘double J’ inserted between the bladder and kidney to unclog the canal. The calculus is still there, but it is necessary to deflate the kidney first and then resolve the stone issue.
“More than a special thanks to @zecabaldocchifisio who took me to the hospital while I was screaming in pain. Thanks to my wife @garciaariane_ who is with me every second, love you Peca. Thank you doctor @dr.gustavo_urologia who promptly volunteered to do the surgery. I greatly appreciate the assistance of @dr.marcosviniciuscredidio and @draerikasimplicio
“I’m already at home to continue with the physiotherapy for my leg. I’m fighting to be back as soon as possible. I ask for your support.”
On April 4, Eloy explained in a social media post that he fractured his tibia and fibula bones after falling off stage “during the break between songs” at SEPULTURA’s concert the previous night in El Paso, Texas. He also announced that he was “going back to Brazil to start the recovery.”
SEPULTURA‘s “North American Quadra” 2022 tour with SACRED REICH and CROWBAR kicked off on March 4 in Sacramento and concluded on April 8 in Berkeley, California. The band’s six-date tour of Mexico, which was scheduled for April 12-17, was postponed following Eloy’s leg injury.
Casagrande joined SEPULTURA 10 years ago as the replacement for Jean Dolabella.
Last summer, guitarist Andreas Kisser spoke to France’s Loud TV about how Casagrande’s addition to has affected SEPULTURA’s sound.
“We’re very lucky to have such great musicians here in Brazil, especially in drumming,” he said. “We have great drummers and percussionists. You see [Carlos] Santana and all those great names, Paul Simon and stuff, always using some Brazilian here and there regarding the drum world. And Eloy started playing drums very early. He was made for SEPULTURA, man. I mean, he played in some other bands and stuff, but here with SEPULTURA, he’s really exploding; he’s really free to express himself the way he wants to, and SEPULTURA’s music really provides that. And in exchange, he gave me especially to write many new possibilities. I think ‘Machine Messiah’ and ‘Quadra’ are the consequence of that interaction we have, which is great. It’s so inspiring. It’s fantastic.
“We are kind of always writing,” he continued. “Sometimes he sends me some drum loops and I send him some riffs and stuff, and it’s really cool that we build stuff from there. And he’s a very professional guy — the best drummer in the world; at least for SEPULTURA he’s the best. [Laughs]”
We have been lucky enough that Bruno Valverde (Angra) is able to replace Eloy for the last three shows of the North American tour.— SEPULTURA (@sepulturacombr) April 5, 2022
Unfortunately, we are forced to cancel tonight's show. The show will still happen with Sacred Reich, Crowbar, and Art of Shock.
In February 2020, SEPULTURA singer Derrick Green told Australia’s Everblack Media that Casagrande has had “a tremendous impact” on the group since he joined in 2011. “It’s undeniable because he’s such a strong force,” he said. “He loves playing metal music. He’s one of the most talented drummers I’ve ever seen, honestly. That power is consistent from beginning to the end. It really has rubbed off on all of us to really push ourselves further. He’s such a perfect match for the band. He really is always influencing us in so many ways to really go beyond — above and beyond.”
In 2019, Eloy told Drumtalk that he didn’t care about the long-simmering feud between founding SEPULTURA members Max and Igor Cavalera and his current bandmates. “I respect all the history,” he said. “I have total respect for the past drummers, Igor and Jean [Dolabella]. They are amazing guys, incredible guys, but we just live in the present. I really don’t care what happened, what didn’t happen. I respect all the music. I respect their music nowadays. It’s just that we have to follow our path and that’s it.”
SEPULTURA’s latest album, “Quadra”, was released in February 2020 via Nuclear Blast. The LP was created at Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios with renowned producer Jens Bogren.
SEPULTURA comprises Green, Kisser, bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. and Casagrande.