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R.I.P. Devo guitarist Bob Casale, dead at 61

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    Bob Casale, original member and guitarist of American New Wave band Devo, has died from complications with heart failure. He was 61 years old.

    His brother, Gerald Casale, posted the following message on the band’s Facebook page:

    “As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Devo founder Gerald Casale wrote to the band’s fans. “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.”

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    Bob and Gerald formed Devo alongside Mark Mothersbaugh in 1973 (Mark’s brothers Bob and Jim joined a year later). Bob appeared on every one of the band’s albums, beginning with 1978’s critically acclaimed debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!.

    The group’s last record was 2010’s exceptional Something for Everybody, which they heavily toured behind for several years after. Last June, former drummer Alan Myers succumbed to stomach cancer and died at 58.

    Watch a video interview with Bob and revisit some of his finest music moments with Devo:

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