Bob Casale of Devo Dies of Heart Failure


Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Bob Casale, one of the original members of the 1980’s rock group has died in New York on Monday, February 17, 2014.  Casale is the second member of Devo to pass on. Alan Myers died of stomach cancer in June 2013.

Bob Casale died of heart failure and was only 61 years old. He is survived by his wife Lisa and two children, Alex and Samantha.

Casale, or Bob 2, was a musician and sound engineer but was best known as guitarist and keyboard player for the new wave band, Devo. He was the brother of Gerald Casale. Casale, the founder of Devo, said, "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 led to heart failure came as a total shock to us all."

In Devo concerts, Bob played lead/rhythm guitar and keyboards while working with MIDI sampling. He also sang backup vocals both on album and at live shows.Starting in 1984, Bob was the sound engineer for all of Devo's albums, including Shout, Total Devo, Smooth Noodle Maps andSomething for Everybody.

As Devo’s mainstream popularity waned during the mid-80s and the various members began working on side projects, Casale himself transitioned to music engineering and production. In the late summer of 1986, he engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist Andy Summers, recorded at Devo Studios in California. XYZ, featuring songs written and sung by Summers, was then released in 1987. Bob later became a part of the musical production group Mutato Muzika with other members of Devo.

As music engineering and production opportunities expanded for Bob Casale, his brother Gerald, and bandmate Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob began working for TV and movies, including Four Rooms, Happy Gilmore, Rushmore The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Rugrats Go Wild.

Breaking into the market in 1978 with ‘We are Not Men? We are Devo!, the iconic band hit the Top 40 Charts with Whip It and took part in the great revolution of music videos.