“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.”
“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.
For all us folks who lived through the 80s, Delta has a funny new safety video with tons of references (Atari, the original Teddy Ruxpin and Alf), an inside delta joke (from their last safety video), and none other than Gerald Casale from DEVO!!!
We've been working on a DEVO movie with director Tony Pemberton for years and now it's time to get it edited and into the eyes of spuds world wide. This Kickstarter page is an important step to making this film a reality, comrades!
Just saw on DEVO’s blog that DEVO has had to postpone the tour due to the fact that Bob Mothersbuagh is injured. From their site:
DEVO deeply regret that they have had to postpone all of their upcoming live dates for 2010 due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy.Most of DEVO's upcoming November tour dates, including Solana Beach's Belly Up, , Los Angeles' Club Nokia, and San Francisco's Warfield Theater, will be rescheduled for next spring and the public will be informed once new dates have been confirmed.Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale will still attend Moogfest on October 29th, in Asheville, NC. As previously announced, DEVO have been awarded the first-ever Moog Innovation Award by Moog Music.
You can mail get well cards for Bob1 to: AMY HUDSON SPECTACLE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Attn: Get Well Bob1! 1100 Glendon Ave., Ste. 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90024
Moog Music will present DEVO with a very special synthesizer, details of which will be revealed in the coming weeks. Past recipients of the previously titled Moog Award include Keith Emerson, Herb Deutsch, Gershon Kingsley, Jan Hammer and Bernie Worrell.
Shockhound.com just posted two awesome video interviews with DEVO. I’m sharing yet another DEVO related post because I think even if your not a DEVO fan you’ll find their perspective on music and the music industry of interest. In the first video, Jerry also relates a first person account of the Kent State massacre. The second video offers a tour of their studio including a discussion of some of the circuit bent toys used on their new album.
If you are a DEVO fan, you’ll really dig these two videos as you’ll get to see Mark and Jerry portrayed in a more conversational light than many of the DEVO “propaganda” vids (don't get me wrong, I love DEVO propaganda).
One of my favorite things about DEVO is how they blend social commentary into their art – and of course their heave use of synths! I’ve really been enjoying their current angle which is commentary on consumerism, big corporations, and mega marketing. I think it’s awesome that they went back to Warner Bros. for this release and got them in on the satire.