(Whip It) Devo’s Prominent Drummer Alan Myers Has Died!

Alan Myers has passed away. He was a prominent drummer of the band ‘Devo’ He had joined aboard with the other members in 1976. He left them about ten years later following the album ‘Shout’.

It had been reported that he was battling Cancer, losing his fight on June 24, 2013. The news had been confirmed by jazz musician Ralph Craney, the uncle to The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.

In a post on Facebook.com, Carney writes,

 ”I just got some bad news. Alan Myers passed… from cancer. He was Devo’s best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. I cry… Alan taught me so much about music. He gave me my first sax lesson.”

Drummer Josh Freese, who has also played with Devo, tweeted,

“RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs (favourites). An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/ (with) Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome.”

Myers is also heard on the group’s classic 1980 single Whip It.

“After he left Devo he recorded a demo with “Babooshka,” a band that was his girlfriend Greta Ionita’s brainchild, using live drums as well as electronic percussion similar to his last two albums with Devo. As of 2005, Myers remained active in the Los Angeles music scene. He had also played drums with the Asian-themed Pop band ‘Jean Paul Yamamoto’..

 Since its founding in 2005, Myers’s band “Skyline Electric” played monthly shows in art galleries and clubs in Los Angeles. The line up at the time of Myers death included his wife, Christine (Sugiyama) Myers, and an assortment of other experimental musicians.[2] In 2010, Myers began playing in the live ensemble of Swahili Blonde with his daughter, Laena Geronimo (Myers-Ionita). Myers worked as an electrical contractor”.

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