Bob Casale, who was one of the original members of the band Devo, has died suddenly from heart failure. The tragic news was put up on the new wave group’s Twitter account in a tweet. Casale was age 61. Devo lead singer and one of the co-founders, Mark Mothersbaugh, gave out the following statement to the public. He said that the group was stunned and saddened by the passing of Bob Casale.
The late guitarist was not only essential to DEVO’s sound, he had also worked nearly twenty five years at Mutato, collaborating with Mothersbaugh on at least seventy films, television shows, numerous commercials and very many video games. Bob had been always influential in producing the unique sound of projects as mixed as various cartoons and films. Bob was a wonderful friend and Mothersbaugh stated that he would miss him very much.
Bob’s older brother, and also founding member of Devo, Gerald Casale declared that his younger brother’s death was a total shock on the group’s official website. He also exclaimed that as one of the beginning members of Devo, Bob was there down in the gutters with him from the very start. Gerald was also one of the establishing members of Devo and he also added in the written statement on the band’s website that Bob was his level-headed sibling, a very solid musician and talented acoustic engineer. Gerald also stated that Bob always was giving to others more than he ever got back.
Gerald had also said that Bob was very excited about the opportunity of Mark Mothersbaugh getting Devo together to start playing shows again. His sudden passing away from conditions that lead to him having heart failure really came as a complete shock to all of the band members. The older Casale brother continued to talk about his brother later in the evening. He even tweeted that his brother was the band’s anchor and praised him by stating that his younger sibling was always the level-headed one, extremely slow to anger and was very hard to make upset. If he ever got angry with a person than that individual knew that he or she had deserved his wrath.
Devo was first formed back in 1972, and they released their first album, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! in early 1978. However the group was best known for the 1980’s mega hit song Whip It. Casale was labeled as being with the group from the very beginning. The group was also well known for the Freedom of Choice album, which had Whip It on it. That album went all the way to platinum.
The Ohio based band had also lost another one of its members, drummer Alan Myers, when he passed away back in 2013 from brain cancer.
Repeating, Bob Casale, who was one of the original members of the band Devo, has died suddenly from heart failure. The tragic news was put up on the new wave group’s Twitter account in a tweet. Casale was age 61.
By Kimberly Ruble