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While Devo are best known for their Energy Dome hats and their 1980 hit “Whip It”, they have consistently pushed the boundaries of punk, new wave, and pop music throughout their nearly forty years of existence. The classic line-up of Devo consisted of two brothers: Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale. Ever since their 1996 reunion, this classic line-up has toured the world and released one new album, 2010’s critically acclaimed Something for Everybody.
So, it is very sad to announce that Bob Casale has passed away at the age of 61, thus ending the classic Devo line-up. Bob Casale (sometimes referred to as Bob 2 by fans) played rhythm guitar and keyboard and sometimes manned the boards as a producer or engineer. He has performed on every single Devo album.
His brother, Greg Casale, wrote this on Devo’s Facebook:
“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.”