Eyehategod Drummer Joey LaCaze Dies at 42 – Rockers Pay Tribute
The details of LaCaze’s passing are still very scarce but here are some of the tributes posted around the net showing the large impact he had on the music community.
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was one of the first musicians to react. He posted the photo below on his Instagram account with the following caption:
“Rest in peace, Joey Lacaze, drummer of EYEHATEGOD, who died this afternoon down in Louisiana. Joey posted this picture (probably from ’94 or ’95) a few months ago- EYEHATEGOD used to stay with me when they were in RVA- they were amazing to watch, & will always be one of my favorite bands of all time- we became friends & I would always throw it down for them when they came to stay. Joey is all the way to the left in the picture, next to Bower. He was a funny, funny, man & I’m so sorry he’s gone. I hope you are at peace, bro.”
Other musicians shared their condolences on Twitter, citing LaCaze and Eyehategod as huge inspirations throughout their careers. Read what artists like Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair to Nonpoint and Thy Will Be Done had to say after learning of LaCaze’s death below:
Very saddened to hear about Joey Lacaze of @EyehategodNola passing away They've always been a huge influence and his playing was monstrous
— Brian Fair (@brianshadfall) August 24, 2013
Condolences to the family, friends, and bandmates of Joey LaCaze. Eyehategod have been a longtime inspiration. Our hearts are with you.
— Pelican (@pelicansong) August 24, 2013
RIP to Eyehategod drummer Joey Lacaze. Never good to hear about one of your peers passing. Thank you for the killer music.
— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) August 25, 2013
Total bum out! #JoeyLaCazeRIP
— THY WILL BE DONE (@TWBD) August 24, 2013
Our condolences go out to the NOLA family for the passing of Joey Lacaze of Eyehategod. "In the Name of Suffering" Rest in Peace brother.
— Lord Dying (@Lorddying) August 25, 2013
Eyehategod was a sludge metal band formed in New Orleans in the late ’80s. The band was gearing up to celebrate their 25th anniversary this year with a string of celebratory dates.
LaCaze was 42 years old and leaves behind a wife and a daughter.