Alan Myers, former drummer of Devo, has passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Jazz musician Ralph Carney, fellow Akron, Ohio resident and uncle of Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, broke the news on Facebook. He wrote, “I just got some bad news. 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, Devo’s third drummer, replaced Jim Mothersbaugh in 1976 and was a member of the new wave group for a decade. During that time, the band rose to prominence and saw great commercial success thanks to hits like “Whip It” and the classic LP on which it’s featured, 1980’s Freedom of Choice.
Following the release of Shout in 1984, Myers would become frustrated at the band’s increased use of drum machines, and ultimately leave between 1986 and 1987.
Founding Devo member Gerald Casale, as well famed session drummer Josh Freese (who’s played with Devo since 2010), paid tribute to Myers via Twitter.
In praise of Alan Myers, the most incredible drummer I had the privilege to play with for 10 years. Losing him was like losing an arm. RIP!!
— Gerald Casale (@Gvc3Casale) June 26, 2013
Alan, you were the best – a human metronome and then some. A once in a lifetime find thanks to Bob Mothersbaugh. U were born to drum Devo! — Gerald Casale (@Gvc3Casale) June 26, 2013
RIP Alan Myers. 1 of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome. — Josh Freese (@joshfreese) June 26, 2013
– Carl Harp, WNCX Cleveland