Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Greg Goodsell

6/26/2013 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Drummer Alan Myers loses his battle with brain cancer at 58

Before they gained mainstream acceptance, the rock band Devo, with their robotic dance moves, industrial costumes and quirky songs were dismissed by their detractors as little more than a "novelty band." That would all change with their breakthrough dance single "Whip It," still played frequently and enjoyed today. The drummer on that single, Alan Myers, who also played on Devo's many other hits, has died from brain cancer at the age of 58.

Alan Myers joined Devo in 1976 as the band's third drummer. He played on the band's first three albums, which included 'Freedom of Choice' and 'Duty Now for the Future.'

Alan Myers joined Devo in 1976 as the band's third drummer. He played on the band's first three albums, which included "Freedom of Choice" and "Duty Now for the Future."

Highlights

By Greg Goodsell

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/26/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Music

Keywords: Devo, Alan Myers, drummer, Whip It, punk, new wave music


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Devo's harshest critics had to admit to Myers' drumming acumen, and heralded him as one of the best drummers on the rock scene, described by many as a "human metronome." 

Myers joined Devo in 1976 as the band's third drummer. He played on the band's first three albums, which included "Freedom of Choice" and "Duty Now for the Future."
 
Devo co-founder Gerald Casale spoke very highly of Myers. "I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed," Casale said in a Tweet.

"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!!"

"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!"

Myers left the band in 1986 to pursue other creative pursuits. After leaving Devo, Myers worked as an electrical contractor in Los Angeles, and since 2005 had played improvisational music with his wife, Christine Myers, in the group Skyline Electric. He had also performed with his daughter, Laena Geronimo, in the experimental ensemble Swahili Blonde.

Devo still continues to perform on occasion, although band founder Mark Mothersbaugh now concentrates on music for television and film.

Drummer Josh Freese, who has performed with Devo on their recent tours and recordings, also tweeted about Myers' influence: "RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Music

'What God Wants to Hear' - Famed 'Journey' keyboardist Jonathan Cain releases solo Christian album Watch

Image of Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain (TheBlaze).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

"Journey" keyboardist, Jonathan Cain is the composer and lyricist behind the iconic song "Don't Stop Believin'." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Cain has struggled with his Christian faith, but recently reconciled with the Lord and just released a solo album called ... continue reading


Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize and changes the Literary world forever Watch

Image of Singer songwriter Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

By Nikki Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In 1993, author Toni Morrison received the Nobel Prize in Literature. Since then, no American has been awarded the honor - until now. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Famous singer and songwriter Bob Dylan is known as one of the world's most influential ... continue reading


'How do I prepare for the role of Jesus Christ?' New Gospel musical series set to share the stories of the Bible in a way like never before Watch

Image of

By Kevin Jones (CNA)

Actor and singer Jencarlos Canela will play the role of Jesus in a live musical dramatization of The Passion on Palm Sunday. Only he's still not sure how. New Orleans, LA (CNA) -  "How do I prepare for the role of Jesus Christ? Whoever knows the answer to that ... continue reading


Heavy metal band honors Blessed Oscar Romero with unexpected surprise Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

British heavy metal rock band, Iron Maiden surprised their audience of 9,000 people during a concert in El Salvador's capital by paying respect to Blessed Oscar Romero. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The band's drummer Nicko McBrain set off a roar of applause from ... continue reading


'I never dreamed I would ever get to play for the Pope': Nuns rock out for Pope Francis Watch

Image of The Servants performed their song,

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

On his last day in Mexico, Pope Francis witnessed a live performance by a rock n' roll band of nuns. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Peruvian band called Siervas or "The Servants," performed their hit "Trust in God," for the Pope and a crowd of over 200,000 ... continue reading


Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dies at 74 Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

If you danced in the Seventies and Eighties, there was a good chance you got up to "cut the rug" to Earth, Wind & Fire. How could anyone resist those soaring vocals, upbeat, positive energy, and brassy horn section? All of those classic tracks - "Shining ... continue reading


'God has a plan for us': Christian singer shares the most powerful pro-life message you'll ever hear! Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Christian recording artist, Matthew West has released a powerful pro-life song to encourage pregnant women "not to close the book on their unborn babies' lives." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - West found inspiration for his song titled, "Untold," from those who ... continue reading


Vatican honors singer David Bowie by tweeting lyrics to 'Space Oddity' Watch

Image of Looking remarkably full of vigor, this photograph of singer David Bowie was taken a mere three days before his death at the age of 69 from cancer.

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An artist of multiple disciplines, singer David Bowie, who died at the age of 69 from cancer this week, was a mover and shaker in the worlds of music, art and fashion. The Vatican has honored his memory by tweeting the lyrics to "Space Oddity," believed by many ... continue reading


FIERCE rock singer who in reality was a nice guy, Lemmy of Motorhead, dies of cancer Watch

Image of Unapologetic for his hard-drinking ways, Lemmy Kilmister confessed,

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Long stringy hair, prominent facial moles, and muttonchops made him appear as a modern day pirate. As the singer for the hard rock band Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister would growl through songs that combined the speed of punk with the decibel-destroying power of ... continue reading


Rock singer Scott Weiland 'found dead on tour bus' at age of 48 Watch

Image of The father-of-two was married to his third wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel Weiland, who confirmed his death, telling a newspaper,

By Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Rock singer and Grammy-award-winning front man Scott Weiland has died at the age of 48. He had led the popular bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver to fame and fortune. He had passed away in his sleep while on his tour bus while in Bloomington, ... continue reading


All Music News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 35:1-10
1 Let the desert and the dry lands be glad, let the wasteland rejoice and ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his glory will dwell in ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 5:17-26
17 Now it happened that he was teaching one day, and Pharisees and ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 5th, 2016 Image

St. Sabas
December 5: Sabas was born at Mutalaska, Cappadocia, near ... Read More