Drummer of new wave band Devo, Alan Myers, passed away on Monday, June 24, after losing a battle with cancer. Jazz musician Ralph Carney, who is also the uncle of The Black Keys's member Patrick Carney, announced the death of the drummer via his Facebook. "I just got some bad news. Alan Myers passed... from cancer. He was Devo's best drummer and one of the first people to teach me about jazz. I cry... Alan taught me so much about music. He gave me my first sax lesson," Ralph wrote.
Drummer Josh Freese, who has played with the band, also confirmed the sad news via his Twitter account. "RIP Alan Myers. One of my all time favs. An underrated/brilliant drummer. Such an honor playing his parts w/Devo. Godspeed Human Metronome," he wrote.
In addition, the band's co-founder Gerald Casale paid tribute to the drummer via Twitter. "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 said.
Alan joined Devo in 1976 to replace Bob Mothersbaugh. He played with the group for 10 years before leaving in 1986. His playing can be heard in the group's biggest hit, "Whip It". The 1980 single landed at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was also featured in the song's music video alongside his bandmates.