Bob Casale was one of the masterminds of the band Devo who passed away ‘suddenly’ at age 61. Having left no insurance nor savings his family is in need of assistance- and a Crowdfunding campaign has begun to help the family out.
The goal of the campaign in $100, 000. with about $20,000 already secured. Lots of people die every day and a hefty load of them are uninsured. Here lies the problem…$100, 000. I am unsure of the cost of burial or what debts Casale may have left behind but as we all know death is pretty much a sure bet. If I tipped right this moment I would like all of you to donate to a campaign to put my kid through college.
Wait… no? Is music so powerful that you would donate money to a band members family? Apparently so. Are their more noble causes? Yes. Let’s not kid ourselves as kind as this may be there are issues that could use your coin a bit more. So this is the problem.
I have loved Devo forever. Devo was the first band I ever saw in a 21+ club that I had to sneak in to see because I was under age. I loved all their stuff but ‘Whip It’ and this move has just cheapened them to me- and it’s not even their fault.
Brother of Bob, Jerry Casale is still considering a 40 year reunion tour with a ‘portion’ of the take going to the fund. This makes sense but the outright hand extension is just tacky and wrong.
I offer my condolences to his family, loosing a love one sucks, but should we finance it? Freedom of choice, is what you want…
Devo was not a mega band. Considered a one hit wonder to the masses their nitch genre surely influenced the entire nerd rock movement but as much of a loss as it is..the pop up fundraiser is just tacky. From the donation page:
These expenses are not limited to funeral expenses, but also include recent medical/hospital bills, and for the general family expenses in the absence of Bob. This has hit the Casales hard. We are doing everything we can as friends of the family to soften the impact of Bob’s untimely death.
You can cheapen a memory. Go fund him?
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