I emerged from the depths of Akron. Now on the Eastern Edge. Art, scribbling words, working like a chimp, that's what it comes down to. But I ain't complaining. I got a stogie, and i think its about time i lit it up. Duty Now.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:13
Last week we noted that the Arcade Fire added a slew of notable opening acts to its North American summer tour, including new wave/post-punk icons Devo for select dates.
Unfortunately, the two bands aren’t pairing up on the Boston show (at the XFinity Center on August 19), but Devo will have some distinct Massachusetts flavor when they take the stage next month: multi-instrumentalist Josh Hager, known for his work in the Elevator Drops, Garvy J and the Secret Pockets of Hope and Resistance, the Rentals, and others, will join Mark Mothersbaugh and crew on guitar and keyboards.
That’s a position, obviously, held for many years by Devo co-founder Bob Casale, who died in February at the age of 61.
“I don’t think anyone could ever replace Bob 2,” Hager tells Vanyaland. “I’m just sort of picking up a fallen comrade’s instrument and continuing the battle and spreading the message of de-evolution… while hopefully honoring his memory.”
Hager got the news yesterday after auditioning with the band in Los Angeles, and relayed word to friends via social media.
“I feel like I’ve been holding my breath for a week!,” he tells us.
Hager worked on Devo’s 2010 record Something For Everyone, and he is credited with production programming and editing on four tracks.
“My brother is friends with Jerry Casale,” Hager adds. “He recommended I work with them on the record, then when they needed someone [for this tour] I jumped on it. I had to learn the whole set in a week!”
So far the only dates Devo are playing with Arcade Fire are at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, on July 30 and two dates at Chicago’s United Center on August 26 and 27. Hopefully more are added, and we can eventually witness this version of Devo on home turf.
Sunday, 15 June 2014 01:07
Here we go loop de loop. Baltimore shall once again become a city of legend when assembled followers of the band known as DEVO descend upon the RAMSHEAD. Yes, South Street Spud shall be there with you, driving from the sunny coast of Virginia and will be toasting the lads in fitting fashion and relishing in what will undoubtably be an inspired performance. Along with the casino and the Hustler club I can't think of a better way to spend a Wednesday night. Exalted Leaders of DEVO, we suplicate ourselves before you and implore you with sweaty brows and palms to----- Kick some serious ass!
Sunday, 01 June 2014 23:53
During the "In Memorium" segment of the Rock and Roll hall of fame induction ceremony both Alan Myers and Bob Casale were noted along with a black and white photograph of each wearing their energy domes. Despite the fact that the hall has continued to deny DEVO's existance it was nice of someone to have some class and note the passing of these two talented musicians who passed from this life too soon.
Friday, 30 May 2014 00:34
Devo fans meet ‘Bob 1’ at Canal Park
By Craig Marks
On the Mark — By Craig Marks
Bob Mothersbaugh would eventually find his calling as a member of Devo, the daring and innovative Akron/Kent band that would change the rules of rock in the 1970s.
The game of baseball, Mothersbaugh knew early on, was not in his future.
“When I was in elementary school, I tried out for Little League,” he said. “They gave me a bat, and I got up in front of this older kid who was pitching. I watched seven pitches whiz by me faster than I could even think about swinging, and they said, ‘Nope, you’re out.’”
On May 24, Mothersbaugh was back on the diamond, throwing out the first pitch at Canal Park before the Akron RubberDucks’ game against the Reading Fightin Phils. He was there as part of the Ducks’ “Celebrity Saturday,” along with Mountain Man (Tim Guraedy) from the TV show “Duck Dynasty.”
The RubberDucks had already scheduled a Devo bobblehead promotion for the evening, but the event became extra special when Mothersbaugh accepted an invitation to appear. Part of the money raised by his appearance — fans could pay extra for a meet-and-greet session with the rocker — will go to help the family of Bob Casale. Casale, a longtime member of Devo, died from heart failure in February.
“I’m heartbroken about losing Bob,” said Mothersbaugh. “I’m Bob 1, he’s Bob 2. We were the same age. We both have older brothers that kind of bossed us around, as older brothers do. He was a good friend.”
Casale’s brother is Devo member Gerald Casale. Mothersbaugh’s older brother is Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo’s lead singer and a much-in-demand TV and movie composer.
In June, Devo will go out on a short tour that will feature their early songs, the ones before “Whip It” and their cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No”) Satisfaction” entered the band into public consciousness. (There is no Ohio tour stop.)
“We started rehearsing, and it’s surprising how much you don’t remember after 35 years,” he said. “I’m lucky I did my homework and can tell everybody what parts they’re supposed to play.”
This is not music for novices.
“We did weird timings,” he said. “We would hold a chord for three beats or five beats or seven beats instead of four or eight. And we listen to it now and go, ‘What were we thinking?’”
Mothersbaugh, 61, answered his own question.
“I know what we were thinking,” he said. “It was actually, we didn’t want to be like every other band. We enjoyed stuff that would make them go, ‘What?’”
“What?” may not have been the only response.
“In the early days, we played a lot of places where people didn’t like us,” he said. “But they didn’t just not like us. They hated us.”
Mothersbaugh recalled one bar owner who had booked the band for two sets.
“After the first set, he says, ‘Yeah, this isn’t working out so well. You guys, maybe we can just skip the second set.’ And we were like, ‘We love playing. We want to play the second set.’ (And he says,) ‘No. I’ll pay you not to play the second set. You’re rattling the waitresses. They can’t work the cash register.’”
This summer, those songs from the early days will be played for audiences with an understanding of the band and its legacy. Mothersbaugh is looking forward to it.
“Who knows?” he said. “It could be an amazing thing, because, for the past 20 years, we’ve played the same songs live. So this is going to be really exciting and cathartic, and something great might happen.”
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 21:49
Akron’s Canal Park was filled with baseball, bobbleheads and beards as the RubberDucks played host to Celebrity Saturday, featuring the unusual double bill of Bob Mothersbaugh of Devo and Mountain Man of popular and controversial reality series Duck Dynasty.
Mothersbaugh’s appearance was part of the RubberDucks Rock’n Bobble Giveaway series, and the first 1,000 fans through the gate received a Devo bobblehead — complete with yellow jumpsuit and red energy dome.
Mothersbaugh was the subject of a pre-game VIP meet-and-greet autograph session — which doubled as a fundraiser for the family of fellow Devo member Bob Casale, who died unexpectedly in February at age 61.
“Somebody [Mark Mothersbaugh’s former roommate Marty Reymann] called me and asked me if I wanted a plane ticket to come to Akron and sign autographs of the Devo bobblehead. I said sure, I’ll go visit my parents for a day or two and sign some autographs,” Mothersbaugh said in a suite at the park shortly before the meet-and-greet began.
Mothersbaugh, who said he gets back to Akron a couple of times a year to see his family, said he and Casale’s surviving family members appreciated the willingness of Akronites and Devo fans to show support for the Casale family.
“Bob’s wife called me before I left, and was crying, and said, ‘Thank you, it means so much,’ ” Mothersbaugh said.
“[It means] quite a bit; I’m not as free with my emotions, and she is. You might not catch me crying. His parents might come tonight, that might be kind of hard, but it means a lot,” he said.
“I’m really heartbroken about losing Bob. I’m Bob 1, he’s Bob 2, and we were the same age. And we both had older brothers in the band that bossed us around at times as older brothers will do — so he was a good friend,” Mothersbaugh said.
During the VIP portion of the meet-and-greet, about 50 fans lined up, most with Devo bobbleheads in hand and many with their own Devo collectibles ready for signing. There were people with energy domes, still shrink-wrapped CD box sets and vinyl albums both old and new. Many folks took photos with Mothersbaugh, who signed everything placed before him.
Ken McMurray of Medina first saw Devo on Saturday Night Live in 1978 and quickly became a fan. McMurray came to the RubberDucks game solely to acquire a signed Devo bobblehead.
“I have a room of my life and I just put stuff in there like this, and people come in and say, “Oh, you did this, you did that,’ ” he said, adding that the bobblehead would receive some prime real estate in the room.
Scott Bennett of Louisville is an avid Devo fan and collector who brought several items for signing, including a weathered copy of the soundtrack to the much-maligned film Dr. Detroit — for which Devo recorded the slightly less-maligned title song.
“I’ve been waiting to finish this stuff with Bob for a while,” said Bennett, noting that he first began getting his Devo paraphernalia signed during the band’s final Akron show at the Civic Theatre in 2008.
“Somehow he got past me, so I had to complete the set and start a couple of new ones. I’ve got [Devo] stuff all over the house,” Bennett said.
He said he called in late to work to ensure that he could acquire a bobblehead and meet a Mothersbaugh.
The father-daughter team of Bob and Robin Armstrong of Twinsburg and Shaker Heights, respectively, got autographs and pictures. Robin brought a red energy dome, onto which Mothersbaugh wrote “Robin, Whip it! Bob1” before her father snapped a photo of the two.
Bob Armstrong, originally from New York state, said he heard Devo as a kid and liked the music and “the crazy hats.” When his life brought him to the Akron area, he was pleasantly surprised to learn of the band’s regional origins — which deepened his fandom.
Robin became a Devo fan during her college days while “rooting around on the Internet,” researching bands that inspired some of her current favorites.
After the VIP meet-and-greet, Mothersbaugh and Mountain Man threw out first pitches — with Mothersbaugh holding a Devo bobblehead in his nonthrowing hand.
The Devo bobblehead giveaway was the first in the rock-themed series. The organization will continue its celebration of Akron/Kent rock stars with a Joe Walsh bobblehead on June 14, a Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde) bobblehead on June 28 and the Black Keys on June 28.
Monday, 19 May 2014 09:57
Next Saturday night in Akron the Akron Rubberducks, the affiliate team of the Cleveland Indians will have a meet and greet with Bob 1. They will be giving away DEVO bobble heads and he will be signing autographs. And if this messed up message board would allow me to post it you could actually find out about it. But hey, these people are tech geniuses right?
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Monday, 30 September 2013 22:29
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightening they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Dylan Thomas
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 00:52
What is the law? There must be DEVO -Louder- WHAT IS THE LAW? THERE MUST BE DEVO! >Whip Cracks< -Loudest- WHAAATTT ISSS THEEE LAWWWWWWW??????? -Huge Response- THERE MUST BE DEVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:07
Does this imply that DEVO will escape the confines of the West Coast and venture into the great industrial wasteland for one more grand revival? Amen, if so.
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 19:05
We gather here today to once again implore the DEVOted among you to cast your vote in round three of the San Jose Mercury Times poll for who is most deserving to be in the R&R Hall of Fame. With two wins under their belt out favorite spuds now face a daunting challenge in the guise of Duran Duran who blew away their competition last week. Now I ask you, who in the hell would vote for Duran Duran over our brave Spuds who have fought so long and hard? No one that's who. So get off your damn couch and vote now, or forever hold your potato.
Duran Duran fans are "Hungry Like the Wolf" for their favorite band to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the second round of our contest to see which previously snubbed act most deserves to be enshrined, readers overwhelmingly voted that Duran Duran needs to be in the hall. The classic British new wave band received a staggering 6,476 nods of approval, by far the most of any act in this recently concluded round of 16. Duran Duran knocked out Iron Maiden, which, had the second highest vote tally of any act -- 4,007. Next up for Duran Duran is Devo -- in a matchup of the top vote getters of the second and first rounds, respectively. Devo got to the third round by easily defeating Roxy Music (1,756 to 768). http://www.mercurynews.com/music/ci_22876416/rock-and-roll-hall-fame-can-duran-duran Nuff said.
Duran Duran fans are "Hungry Like the Wolf" for their favorite band to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the second round of our contest to see which previously snubbed act most deserves to be enshrined, readers overwhelmingly voted that Duran Duran needs to be in the hall. The classic British new wave band received a staggering 6,476 nods of approval, by far the most of any act in this recently concluded round of 16.
Duran Duran knocked out Iron Maiden, which, had the second highest vote tally of any act -- 4,007.
Next up for Duran Duran is Devo -- in a matchup of the top vote getters of the second and first rounds, respectively. Devo got to the third round by easily defeating Roxy Music (1,756 to 768).
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 18:27
With nearly a 4-1 margin DEVO blew Whitney Huston out of the water in the first round of voting. Now lets roll up our collective sleeves and shove the message down the throats of those morons at the R.R.H.O.F. by ratcheting it up so that there is no mistake about it, DEVO belongs in the Hall Of Fame.
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 18:13
Vote Here, maybe twice :)
Sunday, 16 September 2012 12:24