Bob Casale Passes Away

Published: Feb 18, 2014 14:51pm EST
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Entertainment

Please Note: This article was updated Feb 18, 2014 @ 02:51pm EST

 

Guitarist Bob Casale passed away Monday from heart failure at the age of 61, according to his brother and band mate Gerald Casale.

Gerald said of Bob:

"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."

Bob and Gerald Casale, along with Bob and Mark Mothersbaugh,and Alan Myers formed the popular new wave band Devo back in 1972 Ohio. The name "Devo" comes "from their concept of 'de-evolution' or the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress. Devo found widespread fame with their release of their 1980's album Freedom of Choice. The album produced, not only their biggest single, but the single that easily defined the 80's, "Whip It," The band went on to produce multiple albums, gaining a huge international following before breaking up in 1991. They would however continue to prouce songs for films such as Tank Girl and even covered the Nine Inch Nails classic, "Head Like a Hole" for the movie Supercop. 

It was reported in December of 2007 that Devo was getting back together to work on material for a new album. However, in April of 2008, one of the band members announced the reunion was off and no album was forthcoming. Cooler head prevailed and the album, Something for Everybody was released in June of 2010 to mixed reviews. The band would go on to perform at various music festivals and even appearing as the musical guest for an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!

Founding member Alan Myers, died of stomach cancer on June 24, 2013 and the band had not performed together since. Both members left a legacy that has been felt not only in music, but in music videos as well. 

 


 

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