Robert Edward Casale Jr. AKA Bob 2 (Born July 14, 1952 in Kent, Ohio - died Feb 17, 2014) was a member of the group Devo, and a younger brother to Devo co-creator Gerald Casale. He played guitar, keyboards and bass guitar, and co-wrote some tracks. He rarely sang, though his voice was occasionally heard as a background singer.
Casale was trained as a medical radiation technologist, but left the job to join Devo. He was married at 19, but divorced soon after Devo made it big. He was a part of Mutato Muzika and an audio engineer, mixer and producer. In live shows, Bob 2 played both rhythm/lead guitar and keyboards. Bob 2 was credited as "Bob2" on most Devo albums. For his work outside of Devo he is most often credited as "Robert Casale".
He died at the age of 61 of heart failure as "a result of medical procedures". a b c In a statement, Gerald Casale says that "He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all". Bob was in the hospital due to stomach ailments, and during testing, his blood pressure dropped too low to be stabilized.   
- Appreciation: Bob Casale of Devo, an essential cog in the machine By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic, February 19, 2014
- See: Discogs
- Hagström PB-24-G
- rust red body, white pickguard, flamed maple neck and fretboard
- Gibson Marauder
- unpainted wood body, black pickguard
- Gibson L6-S Custom
- maple body
- Ibanez Talman TC-420 (custom shop)
- green body, red pickguard
- silver sparkle body and pickguard
- Synthesizer stage rig (2008-2013)
- Korg TR-61 Music Workstation
- Boss SP-404 Samplerspaced
- ↑ Los Angeles Times. February 18, 2014. Devo guitarist Bob Casale dead at 61 by Todd Marten. Bob had recently been hospitalized due to stomach ailments, his brother said when reached by phone Tuesday, but had been thought to be recovering. Gerald said his brother was otherwise in good health and had been working on numerous Devo-related projects. "During testing, he de-stabilized. They were a little flummoxed," Gerald said. "He was sitting up, talking and the next thing he was in an ER, life-and-death situation. His blood pressure dropped too low and they couldn't stabilize it in time.
- ↑ Guardian Liberty Voice. February 20, 2014. Bob Casale of Devo Dead: More Than Just Whip It Guitarist (w/video) by Alana Marie Burke. According to Gerald Casale, Bob died on Feb. 17 from health issues that eventually caused heart failure. Apparently, he had bleeding of the stomach lining which caused his blood pressure to plummet, the low pressure caused his heart to stop and doctors were unable to revive him. Gerald released the sad news of the premature death of his little brother and Devo bandmate via social media saying Bob always, “…gave more than he got.” ...In life, Bob Casale was much more than has been expressed about his death by the number of “dumbed down” headlines from a devolved media culture.
- ↑ archive.org. Vanyaland. 2015-2-17. Read Gerald Casale of Devo’s heartbreaking statement on anniversary of Bob Casale’s death by Gerald V Casale/DEVO — with Danny Smith and Mathias Cruz, republished from facebook. The circumstances surrounding my brother’s death on February 17th, 2014 were strangely circumspect. He went to the emergency room because he was coughing up blood. They stabilized him and suggested to Lisa, his wife, and Alex and Samantha, his son and daughter that they could go home while the technicians performed some tests including an MRI to try to establish a root cause. That’s when things turned upside down. According to the attending doctor on call Bob “became agitated”. They reduced his anxiety with medication but supposedly his blood pressure dropped unexpectedly so he was administered Epinephrine. From there the records really make little sense as to how they decided to put him on a ventilator while they tried to stabilize his blood pressure. When they proceeded to re-start his heart and restore breathing they failed.
- ↑ joomag.com. Tone Report Weekly. (2015-2-27). "Guitaro Obsesso: 6 Pieces Of DEVO's Rare Guitar Collection" words by Fletcher "Spud" Stewart. Art & Design: Art Director, Richard E. Jones. Graphic Designer, Adam Borden. "Issue 64 - Page 22".
- ↑ Premier Guitar (2012-10-23). "Rig Rundown - Devo". by Jason Shadrick.
- ↑ MIX - Professional Audio And Music Production. (2011). "DEVO 2011 Tour Gallery". Archive.org - mixonline.com, July 2001.
- myRareGuitars.com (2012-4-2). "The Devo Guitar Guide". by "Guest Post".
- geartome.wikidot.com. "Devo - Geartome". Database of artists' gear.
- Telecaster.com (2012). forum post. Ibanez Talman production info.
- Robert Casale Discography -- Discogs
- Bob Casale Credits -- AllMusic
- Bob Casale -- IMDb
- Bob Casale -- Wikipedia article