Obituaries

Alan Myers, 58, drummer in Devo

Alan Myers performed with Devo in Los Angeles in 1979.
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Alan Myers performed with Devo in Los Angeles in 1979.

Alan Myers, the former drummer for Devo, died Monday in Los Angeles after a battle with brain cancer. He was 58.

Mr. Myers was the band’s drummer from 1976 to 1985, during its heyday. The group was formed in Akron, Ohio, in the early 1970s by Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale. Its members introduced themselves to the world in 1977 by making a frenetic version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘‘Satisfaction.’’

Casale said Wednesday that without Mr. Myers, Devo never would have reached the heights it did, calling him the best drummer he played with.

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‘‘It was Alan that brought everything to life,’’ Casale said.

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He called Mr. Myers ‘‘the human metronome.’’

‘‘People watching him thought we were using a drum machine,’’ Casale said. ‘‘Nobody had ever drummed like that.’’

‘‘Some bands would be doing drugs and drinking,” Casale said. “Alan would find quiet places backstage and do a full session of tai chi.’’