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Published: 2014/02/18

Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Passes Away at 61

Bob Casale, founding member of Ohio New Wave outfit Devo, passed away today. He was 61. Casale, who founded Devo in 1972 with his brother Gerald and another set of brothers, the Mothersbaughs, passed away from complications with heart failure.

As Devo’s guitarist, Bob appeared on every Devo album, beginning with their debut in 1978 with Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and ending with 2010’s Something For Everybody which they toured heavily around. This is the second lost band member for Devo, with drummer Alan Myers passing away to stomach cancer in June of 2013. He was 58.

Devo’s Gerald Casale took to the band’s Facebook page to address the passing of his brother:

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.

Gerald Casale, Devo founder.


There are 3 comments associated with this post

MarZaPhiGar February 18, 2014, 14:27:22

Devo- my very first show (Palace Theater Albany NY 10/16/81). Interesting info: Devo was formed as a consequence of the Kent State incident. Some of the band members were students there and witnessed what they deemed the ‘de-evolution’ of mankind. In fact, the girl in the iconic photo, whom Neil Young referred to in ‘Ohio’ (“what if you knew her, saw her dead on the ground”) was actually a personal friend of theirs. One more kind of weird tidbit- ‘Whip it’ was inspired by Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow.” Weird. RIP Bob.

Harry Jones February 18, 2014, 15:01:23

The girl in the iconic Kent State shooting photo taken on May 4 1970 was at that time a 14 year old runaway named Mary Ann Vecchio. The deceased student on the ground was Jeffrey Miller. The still chilling picture was taken by a photographer named John Filo for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. .

Mary Hall February 19, 2014, 17:27:00

Very sad may all that knew and loved his music pay their respect by lighting a candle for him. We must celebrate his life and music.

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