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Devo guitarist Bob Casale has died -- REPORT

According to online reports, Bob Casale, guitarist for new wave icons Devo, has died at 61. The cause was complications stemming from heart failure. His brother Gerald, also a member of the band, confirmed the news on Twitter:

“As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Gerald told TMZ. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer, and talented audio engineer — always giving more than he got.”

The Ohio-bred fivesome, formed in 1972, were known for their sardonic humor and signature flowerpot hats. Their early albums, including Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and Freedom of Choice made them underground heroes — and even mainstream stars for a brief moment in the early ’80s, thanks to new-wave classics like “Whip It” and “Girl U Want.”

Casale was predeceased in the band by drummer Alan Meyers, who passed away last June at age 58 following a battle with stomach cancer. Frontman and cofounder Mark Mothersbaugh, who went on to score a number of popular films and TV shows, has been in the news recently for his work in The Lego Movie, currently the no. 1 film in the country.

Devo drummer Alan Myers dies of brain cancer

Alan Myers, the former longtime drummer for the band Devo, best known for “Whip It,” has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 58.

Myers died Monday in Los Angeles, where he lived, Devo spokesman Michael Pilmer said Wednesday.

Myers was the band’s drummer from 1976 to 1985 during Devo’s heyday. The group was formed in Akron, Ohio, in the early 70s by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, and introduced themselves to the world in 1977 by making a spastic version of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.”

Casale told The Associated Press on Wednesday that without Myers, Devo never would have reached the heights it did, calling him the best drummer he has ever played with.
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