Jun 2013 27

Former DEVO drummer Alan Myers diesAlan Myers, best known for his work with legendary new wave band DEVO from 1976-1986, has died after a long battle with cancer, according to a tweet by drummer and current Devo member Josh Freese. Myers worked with DEVO on their first six albums, including the classic track “Whip It.” Freese, who started playing drums with DEVO in 1996, described the influence Myers’ sound had on him in a 2010 interview: “It was the first album I got, when I was eight years old,” he told the music site. “I sat in my basement and played along to it all the time, so it was crazy when we did that tour last year where we played it top to bottom. It’s fun in the way that it’s very metronomic and the patterns are very deliberate and kind of nursery rhyme. A lot of people think that it’s a drum machine on ‘Whip It.’ But that’s Alan Myers.” Numerous tributes to Myers have been posted online: Devo co-founder Gerald Casale writes that “losing him was like losing an arm,” while  Ralph Carney, uncle of Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, who posted on Facebook, “He was Devo’s best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. I cry…” DEVO commemorates Myers on the band’s website, praising his work and his metronomic drumming ability.
 

 

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Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)

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