It looks like “all systems are go” for the 40th Anniversary ‘Hardcore DEVO‘ concerts that Gerald Casale mentioned last month when his brother, guitarist Bob  died suddenly six weeks ago. The plan had been to commemorate their 40 years together as a band by playing a set of the early songs that were recorded and written between 1974 and 1977. In other words, exactly the material that appeared on both volumes of their “Hardcore DEVO” albums, which were recently re-issued by Superior Viaduct.
The loss of Bob Casale was a potential monkey wrench in the plan, I’m sure, but the circumstances surrounding his demise, have unfortunately, given the tour a new impetus. It seems that Casale had died without having insurance or a will, so the bills have landed on his family to pay. Gerald had mused that the idea of forging ahead with the planned tour could possibly provide Bob’s family with some much needed income at the time of Bob’s death, and now DEVO have confirmed that a portion of the proceeds will go to them to aid them with their expenses. A crowdfunding donation page has also been set up for any fans who wish to aid the family directly with their substantial bills here.
The tour is coming nowhere near this Monk, but the dates will see some friends who will be lucky enough to partake. The band will also have VIP tickets with meet & greets as well as access to view and purchase from a backstage archive of early photos by noted photographers. Presumably the full Moshe Brakha sessions that was used on the “Hardcore DEVO” reissue [right] are the sort of images that will be on display. Commenter JT [who once was in a Cle band called “Evil Clowns”] has already confirmed desire to attend, and if chasinvictoria misses the Vancouver date, he’s out of my will!
DEVO | Hardcore DEVO Tour | USA 2014
- June 18 | Baltimore, MD | Ramshead
- June 19 | NYC | Best Buy Theatre
- June 21 | Chicago, IL | Arcada Theatre
- June 23 | Denver, CO | Summit Music Hall
- June 25 | Seattle, WA | Neptune
- June 26 | Vancouver, BC | Commodore Ballroom
- June 28 | Oakland, CA | Fox Theatre
- June 29 | Los Angeles, CA | Wiltern
- June 30 | Solana Beach, CA | Belly Up
- July 2 | Austin, TX | ACL/Moody Theatre
In the meantime, all readers should honor Bob’s memory by making certain that they have a will and insurance. Anyone with a family needs a will. Period. It’s the simplest way to avoid the sort of hardships that Bob’s family are undergoing right now.
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p.s. I just thought of something major… Last year both Mark Mothersbaugh and Martyn Ware had discussed touring together ‘possibly next year’ for the first ever Heaven 17 American tour. If this is it, then boy howdy I will have to take pains [and they will be great] to attend!