Published Mar 04, 2014The surviving members of Devo are seeking donations to help out the family of late guitarist Bob Casale deal with financial hardships in the wake of his sudden passing last month.
As previously reported, Casale died unexpectedly last month from heart failure. It's since been revealed that the Devo member didn't leave behind a will or have insurance, which has placed his wife and children with multiple expenses to cover. As such, the band have now created a crowd sourcing donation site if fans are interested in helping out with the costs.
"These expenses are not limited to funeral expenses," Devo webmaster Michael Pilmer writes in a statement. "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."
The goal is to raise $100,000 for Casale's family, with donations currently sitting around $17,000.
Casale, known in the band as "Bob 2," was a founding member of Devo and played on all of the group's albums and tours. His brother and bandmate Gerald Casale wrote a tribute for Rolling Stone that noted the group had been in talks to chart out a 40th anniversary tour that would have found them performing "all the early, experimental songs" that were compiled on the Hardcore compilations. If Devo end up undertaking the tour, a portion of the proceeds will go to Bob Casale's family.
"He was one of the five gears of Devo that made the engine run," Gerald Casale said of Bob 2. "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."