Former DEVO drummer Alan Myers has died following a battle with cancer.
Ralph Carney, a former bandmate of Myers and uncle of The Black Keys’ Patrick, shared the sad news on Facebook earlier this morning (June 26). “I just got some bad news,” he wrote. “Alan Myers passed yesterday from cancer. he was Devo’s best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. i cry……….”
Myers joined Devo in 1976 and drummed with the band for just under a decade, playing on many of their biggest hits including ‘Jocko Homo’, ‘Working In The Coal Mine’ and the new wave classic ‘Whip It’.
The band’s founder Gerald Casale used Twitter to pay tribute to Myers, calling him “the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years” before posting:
RE: Alan Myers. I begged him not to quit Devo. He could not tolerate being replaced by the Fairlight and autocratic machine music. I agreed.
— Gerald Casale (@Gvc3Casale) June 26, 2013
After leaving Devo in 1985, Myers remained active on the LA music scene, playing with several local bands including Babooshka, Skyline Electric and more recently Swahili Blonde, whose line-up features his daughter Laena Myers-Ionita. Press ‘play’ below to watch Myers in action in the ‘Whip It’ video.