Cassio Audi Brazil’s Original Rock Star Drummer
Every nation has its music icons that they revere, and Cassio Audi is certainly one of them. The lead drummer of the rock group Viper in the mid-eighties and early nineties, he has a cult following among rock enthusiasts of his generation. His drumming in rock anthems like Projeto SP Metal, The Killera Sword, and Soldiers of Sunrise is par excellence.
To this day he is remembered as a class act in the annals of Brazilian rock lore. What was wonderful about Audi was the sheer enthusiasm with which he played drums and raised the tempo of a song, It was very easy for him to have people head banging in no time at all when he played.
Because the eighties and nineties were quite the golden age for Viper and Audi, there is lots of nostalgia for the group and particularly for Audi in diehard rock fanatics. The only thing those fans can do now- a -days is to listen to old recordings or watch an old YouTube video. It is a pity that there aren’t too many of those around.
Ask anyone who has had the privilege of watching Audi play in his heyday, and the chances are that one will hear the most effusive of praise. That is the kind of cult following that Audi has to his day. It is a pity that he had to stop playing, as he is so loved by everyone. If he had not left Viper and continued with his musical journey, he would doubtless have created many more musical masterpieces.
But then maybe his short-lived musical career adds an element of an enigma to his whole persona. Come to think of it that is part of the charm of being a rock star. There is no doubt about the fact that Audi was and remains a genius.