DEVO Drummer Alan Myers Dies
June 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM (PT)
Onetime DEVO drummer ALAN MYERS has died after a lengthy battle with cancer, USA TODAY reports. MYERS replaced JIM MOTHERSBAUGH to become the band's third drummer in 1976 and over the next 10 years, the AKRON, OH group enjoyed their greatest success with the song and video hit, "Whip It," and the 1980 album, "Freedom of Choice."
DEVO founding bassist GERALD CASALE and drummer JOSH FREESE (who has been playing drums for DEVO since 2010), paid tribute to MYERS via TWITTER. "In praise of ALAN MYERS, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!" CASALE wrote, then added, ALAN, you were the best - a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to BOB MOTHERSBAUGH. U were born to drum DEVO!"
"RIP ALAN MYERS," FREESE wrote. "1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/DEVO. Godspeed Human Metronome."