DEVO Drummer Alan Myers R.I.P.

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Was key member of band during its most influential era…

 By Fred Mills

 Alan Myers, who drummed from DEVO from 1976 (replacing original member Jim Mothersbaugh) until his departure in ’85, passed away on June 24, following a long battle with cancer. At the band’s Club Devo site Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale posted a visual and written tribute to Myers:

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Myers’ drumming formed the backbeat and back bone of the group’s initial string of hugely influential albums: 1978’s Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, 1979’s Duty Now for the Future, 1980’s Freedom of Choice, 1981’s New Traditionalists, 1982’s Oh, No! It’s Devo, and 1984’s Shout. He left before the release of 1988’s Total Devo, citing frustrations with dealing with the Fairlight synth and backing percussion tracks. He later went into construction and started his own electrical contracting business, Skyline Electric.

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