Bob Casale

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Bob Casale
Bob Casale 1.jpg
Casale in 2008
Background information
Birth name Robert Edward Pizzute Jr.
Also known as Bob 2
Born (1952-07-14)July 14, 1952
Kent, Ohio, United States
Died February 17, 2014(2014-02-17) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, United States
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, audio engineer
Instruments Synthesizer, guitar
Years active 1973–2014
Associated acts Devo, The Wipeouters
Notable instruments
Gibson L6-S
Custom Ibanez Talman
Hagstrom PB-24-G
Gibson Marauder

Robert Edward "Bob" Casale, Jr. (born Robert Edward Pizzute, Jr., July 14, 1952 – February 17, 2014) or Bob 2 was an American musician and sound engineer, best known as a guitarist and keyboardist in the new wave band Devo. He was the brother of Gerald Casale.


Casale was originally trained as a medical radiation technologist, but was recruited by his brother Gerald Casale to join his band. After a few line-up changes, Bob Casale would be part of the most popular five-piece incarnation, which included the Casale brothers: Gerry and Bob ("Bob 2"), and the Mothersbaugh brothers: Mark and Bob ("Bob 1"), as well as drummer Alan Myers.

In Devo concerts, Bob Casale played lead/rhythm guitar and keyboards while working with MIDI sampling. He also sang backup vocals, both on albums and at live shows.

Starting in 1984, Bob was the sound engineer for all of Devo's albums, including Shout, Total Devo, Smooth Noodle Maps and Something for Everybody.

Life after Devo[edit]

As Devo's mainstream popularity waned during the mid-1980s and its various members began working on side projects. Casale transitioned to music engineering and production. In the late summer of 1986, he engineered the first solo album for Police guitarist, Andy Summers, recorded at Devo Studios in California. XYZ, featuring songs written and sung by Summers, was then released in 1987. Bob later became a part of the musical production group Mutato Muzika with other members of Devo.[1]

As music engineering and production opportunities expanded for Bob Casale and bandmate Mark Mothersbaugh, Bob began working for television and movies, including Four Rooms, Happy Gilmore, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Rugrats Go Wild.


Casale died of heart failure in Los Angeles on February 17, 2014.[2][3][4] He is survived by his brother Gerald, wife Lisa and two children, Alex and Samantha.[5]


  1. ^ "Bob was a great friend". Mutato. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Devo guitarist Bob Casale dead of heart failure at age 61". Fox News. April 17, 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (February 18, 2014). "Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies of heart failure aged 61 | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  4. ^ Stephanie Marcus (February 18, 2014). "Bob Casale Dead: Devo Member Dies At 61". Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Lisa Casale – Devo Guitarist Bob Casale's Wife". Daily Entertainment News. February 18, 2014. 

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