By Brian Ives
Devo guitarist Bob Casale passed away today (February 18) from health complications that led to heart failure.
The band reported his passing on their official Facebook page.
In a statement signed by his brother/bandmate Gerald: “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.”
Devo were one of the most influential bands of the late ’70s/early ’80s post-punk/new wave sound; their debut was 1978s’ Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! featured a hit cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” that brought them some mainstream attention.
Their biggest hit was “Whip It” off of 1980’s Freedom Of Choice. Their final album was 2010’s Something For Everybody.