When Devo guitarist Bob Casale died suddenly from heart failure last month, he left behind no will and did not have insurance, creating severe financial hardships for his wife and children. “These expenses are not limited to funeral expenses,” reads a note by Devo webmaster Michael Pilmer. “But also include recent medical/hospital bills, and for the general family expenses in the absence of Bob. This has hit the Casales hard. We are doing everything we can as friends of the family to soften the impact of Bob’s untimely death.”
Casale was the founding guitarist of Devo, playing on every album and during all of their concerts for the past forty years. “He was one of the five gears of Devo that made the engine run,” his brother and bandmate Jerry Casale told Rolling Stone. “He helped create a body of work that put the new in New Wave and changed the way a lot of people thought about music and a lot of ideas they had about culture.”
Before he passed away, the group was contemplating a 40th anniversary tour that would focus on the group’s early, experimental work like “Mechanical Man” and “Space Girl Blues.” If the group decides to continue with the tour, a portion of the money would go to Casale’s family.