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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.

– Carl Harp, WNCX Cleveland


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