Very sad news from Club Devo…
“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
and Mutato Musika.
“We are shocked and saddened by Bob Casale’s passing. He not only was integral in DEVO’s sound, he worked over twenty years at Mutato, collaborating with me on sixty or seventy films and television shows, not to mention countless commercials and many video games. Bob was instrumental in creating the sound of projects as varied as Rugrats and Wes Anderson’s films. He was a great friend. I will miss him greatly. “
Devo has been my favorite band since I heard the first note of there music. They influenced me in so many ways. It’s a sad day and my sincere condolences to Bob’s family and other members of Devo.
I had the good fortune of seeing Devo on multiple occasions, the last time being at the Warfield in San Francisco in March of 2011. I found a clip on YouTube from that show. It’s a video with of Bob 2 front and center playing the great opening lead guitar riff on "Freedom of Choice" (at 1:08) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EnrZUj9iPQ.
RIP Robert "Bob 2" Casale.