SEPULTURA has recruited Bruno Valverde (ANGRA) to play drums for the band for the last three shows of its North American after drummer Eloy Casagrande broke his right leg in a stage accident. The "North American Quadra" 2022 trek with SACRED REICH and CROWBAR kicked off on March 4 in Sacramento and is set to conclude on April 8 in Berkeley, California. SEPULTURA also has a six-date tour of Mexico scheduled for April 12-17.
Earlier today, SEPULTURA released the following statement via social media: "Sepulnation, bad news! Eloy Casagrande has severely injured his leg which forces him to leave the tour and go home for proper treatment and to be close to his family. Please wish him all the best and a speedy recovery!!
"We have been lucky enough that Bruno Valverde (ANGRA) is able to replace Eloy for the last three shows of the North American tour.
"Unfortunately, we are forced to cancel tonight's show [in Mesa, Arizona]. The show will still happen with SACRED REICH, CROWBAR and ART OF SHOCK.
"We will continue the tour this Wednesday in San Diego, hope to see you there!"
On Monday, Eloytook to his Instagram to share X-ray photos of his fractured tibia and fibula bones, and he included the following message: "It is with deep sadness that I announce that I have unfortunately broken my right leg. Yesterday, at the El Paso show, during the break between songs I ended up falling off the stage and fracturing my tibia and fibula. I'm going back to Brazil to start the recovery. I'll see you soon! The tour will continue, but without me. More news coming soon. I ask for your support."
This is not the first health issue that has plagued the "North American Quadra" 2022 tour. Last month, SACRED REICH was forced to cancel more than half dozen shows on the trek due to frontman Phil Rind's "ongoing respiratory illness."
The now-31-year-old Casagrande joined SEPULTURA 10 years ago as the replacement for Jean Dolabella.
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 Casagrande, vocalist Derrick Green, guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr.