Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies at 61

Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies at 61

BOB CASALE: Members of the musical group Devo stand for the singing of the national anthem behind home plate prior to a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in St. Petersburg, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Standing from left are Gerald Casale, Jeff Friedl, Bob Mothersbaugh, Bob Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh. Photo: Associated Press/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Bob Casale passed away at the age of 61.

Devo star Bob Casale has died at the age of 61.

Casale passed away on Monday from health complications which led to heart failure, according to his brother Gerald.

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He tells, “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.”

The Casales formed Devo in the early 1970s with brothers Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Alan Myers.

The band had a string of new wave hits, including “Whip It” and “Girl U Want,” and remain a cult act to this day.

After two decades of performing together, the band announced it would embark on a five-year hiatus in 1990 to focus on solo ventures, but the musicians reunited in 1996 for a gig at the music festival Lollapalooza.

In 2006, they released “Watch Us Work It” after it was used in a Super Bowl advertisement for computer giant Dell.

The group subsequently started working on new material and in 2010, the stars released their first album in 20 years, titled “Something for Everybody,” and embarked on a year-long tour.

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