Feb 2014 19

Devo Guitarist Bob Casale Dead at 61Bob Casale, guitarist and one of the founding members of new wave band Devo, died on February 17 due to sudden heart failure at the age of 61. Casale’s passing follows nearly a year after fellow Devo member Alan Myers’ death from cancer in June 2013. Casale founded Devo in its original sextet incarnation, performing with Devo on all of the band’s albums, including the classic track “Whip It.” Says brother and band mate Gerald: “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.” Casale is survived by his son Alex, his daughter Samantha, and his wife Lisa. “We came of age in the middle of a huge cultural war. This country was basically in the midst of a new civil war — the lines were drawn very clearly,” Bob Casale said in a 2012 interview with Under the Radar. “[We formed the band because] it was a more immediate way of self-expression that required less money and no outside permission. You try to make a film and you have to come up with the money, you need a big crew, you need to ask people for favors and get permission. If you have an idea for a song you can pretty much go into your basement with your band mates and do it.”
 

 

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Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)

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