Alan Myers, who played with New Wave band Devo for a decade, died this week after battling with cancer.
As Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, the news broke yesterday with a post from Myers’ friend Ralph Carney and tweets from current Devo drummer Josh Freese and band co-founder Gerald Casale.
“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….......,” Carney said.
Myers played with Devo in the mid-to-late ‘70s in replacement of Jim Mothersbaugh, and stayed with the band throughout its most successful years, including when “Whip It” hit No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nicknamed “human metronome” his drumming was featured on albums such as Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! and Duty Now for the Future, Freedom of Choice.
Watch him in the iconic “Whip It” video below: