Cassio Audi: A Brazilian Rock Legend

Cassio Audi is a Brazilian-born musician who has also created a great career as an entrepreneur. To many, he is best known for his work as a founding member of popular 80s band, Viper. Viper’s success was aided by Cassio’s performance on the drums. Cassio carved out his niche by composing many of the songs that Viper played all over the world on their tours. His talent as a composer and lyricist as well as his drumming ability forever cemented Audi as one of Brazil’s greatest rock talents. After two successful rock albums, Audi left the band in pursuit of his entrepreneurial dreams while leaving the fans with much to remember.

Viper came into being with Audi as their drummer and four of his friends providing guitar and vocals. Their youthfulness along with their raw talent and hard-hitting music was a huge hit among Brazilian radio stations in the mid-80s. The one thing that set them apart was their lyrics, written in a large part by Cassio Audi. The fact that they sang in English set them apart from nearly all other bands in South America, as nobody had seen that before. The band put out their first album, Soldiers of Sunset, in 1987 and followed it up with their second, Theater of Fate, just 2 years later. After touring in South America, Europe, and North America, Cassio Audi left to pursue other interests. His talent as a drummer, composer, and lyricist has gone down in Brazilian rock history as a true pioneer.

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