Devo co-founder guitarist/keyboardist Bob Casale -- younger brother of guitarist Gerald Casale -- died on Monday, February 18th at age 61, according to Vintage Vinyl News. Casale's passing marks the second member of the band's classic lineup to die. Former drummer Alan Meyers, who was behind the kit during the band's late-'70s and early-'80s heyday, died of cancer on June 24th, 2013. Bob Casale, who performed on all of Devo's albums -- is survived by his wife, Lisa, a son, Alex, and a daughter, Samantha. Bob last performed on Devo's 2010 studio comeback, Something For Everybody.
Brother Gerald Casale posted a tribute to his late brother on Devo's official site, Clubdevo.com, which read:
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.
- Gerald Casale, Devo founder
Bob Casale's work can be heard on all of Devo's classic albums -- the band's 1978 debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!; 1979's Duty Now For The Future; 1980's Freedom Of Choice; 1981's New Traditionalists -- along with the band's 1980 signature Top 15 hit, "Whip It."
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