VIPER Drummer Forced To Sit Out Tour

Drummer Renato Graccia of the long-running Brazillian metallers VIPER has issued the following update:

"Unfortunately, after the December 1st concert in São Paulo, I started feeling pain in my back and right leg. After a number of acupuncture sessions and some painkillers that did not work, I passed through several exams and I have found out that the problem is a bit more serious. Because of that, I won't be performing any musical activities for now, which includes the next concerts of the 'All My Life' tour. But, show must go on! During the next days we will be [announcing] the drummer that will replace me while I recover. We are sure that he will be extremely competent and that he will fill in my shoes just right. Soon I'll be on the road again with VIPER, ready to rock and roll!! I thank you guys in advance for the huge support I've been receiving from my friends and I'd like to apologize for any problems I may have caused."

VIPER last parted ways with guitarist Val Santos "due to professional differences and his [desire] to stop touring and work as a music producer."

The band released its new album, "All My Life", in 2007 following an 11-year hiatus.

VIPER was vocalist André Matos' (ex-ANGRA, SHAAMAN) first band. He makes a guest appearance on "All My Life" in the track "Love Is All". Check out audio samples at this location.

Brazil's TV show "Metrópolis" (on TV Cultura) aired an interview with VIPER and André Matos on August 21, 2007. The four-minute clip, which includes performance footage, can be viewed below.

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