Bob Casale

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Bob Casale
Bob Casale 1.jpg
Casale performing live in 2008
Background information
Birth name Robert Edward Pizzute Jr.
Also known as Bob 2
Born (1952-07-14)July 14, 1952
Kent, Ohio, U.S.
Died February 17, 2014(2014-02-17) (aged 61)
Los Angeles, U.S.
  • Musician
  • producer
  • audio engineer
  • Synthesizer
  • guitar
  • keyboards
Years active 1973–2014
Associated acts
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.


Bob Casale was born in Kent, Ohio. His birth name was Pizzute because his father had legally changed his name from Robert Edward Casale to that of his foster parents. Casale originally trained as a medical radiation technologist, but was recruited by his brother Gerald Casale to join his band Devo. After the band underwent a few line-up changes, Bob Casale became part of the most popular five-piece incarnation, which included the Casale brothers: Jerry and Bob ("Bob 2"), and the Mothersbaugh brothers: Mark and Bob ("Bob 1"), as well as drummer Alan Myers.[2]

In Devo concerts, Casale played the lead and rhythm guitar and keyboards while also working with MIDI sampling. He also sang backing vocals, both on albums and at live shows. Starting in 1984, Casale was the audio engineer for all of Devo's albums,[4] including Shout, Total Devo, Smooth Noodle Maps and Something for Everybody.

The band stopped performing in 1991, but reformed as a musical act in 1995.[2]

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. Casale later became a part of the musical production group Mutato Muzika with other members of Devo.[5]

As music engineering and production opportunities expanded for Casale and bandmate Mark Mothersbaugh, Casale began working for television and movies, including Four Rooms, Happy Gilmore, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Rugrats Go Wild.[6]


Casale died of heart failure in Los Angeles on February 17, 2014.[7][8][9] According to his brother Gerald, he went to the emergency room because he was coughing up blood. He was scheduled for tests and his family went home. During the tests, Casale became "agitated" and was given a sedative, after which his blood pressure plunged. He was given epinephrine. When his heart stopped, the medical staff was unable to get it started again.[10]

He is survived by his brother Gerald, wife Lisa and two children, Alex and Samantha.[11]


  1. ^ Long, Pat (May 2, 2009). "Pat Long meets new wave 80s oddballs Devo, who are intent on making a comeback". The Guardian (London). Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Devo". AllMusic. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ Steinberg, Shirley R.; Kehler, Michael; Cornish, Linsey (2010). Boy Culture. ABC-CLIO. p. 355. 
  4. ^ Ailes, Drew (22 July 2014). "DEVO'S BOB CASALE REMEMBERED WITH ENERGY DOME URNS". Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bob was a great friend". Mutato Muzika. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bob Casale filmography". Retrieved 6 Jan 2016. 
  7. ^ "Devo guitarist Bob Casale dead of heart failure at age 61". Fox News Channel. April 17, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies of heart failure aged 61". Daily Mail (London). Associated Press. February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ Marcus, Stephanie (February 18, 2014). "Bob Casale Dead: Devo Member Dies At 61". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Read Gerald Casale of Devo’s heartbreaking statement on anniversary of Bob Casale’s death". 17 February 2015. Retrieved 6 Jan 2016. 
  11. ^ "Lisa Casale – Devo Guitarist Bob Casale's Wife". Daily Entertainment News. February 18, 2014. 

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