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Devo @ Best Buy Theater 6/19/2014

"The original idea for this tour was, of course, an artistic conceit like Devo often does," Casale said over the phone from California. "We were going to play only these 'Hardcore' songs that existed before anybody knew about us and we were in our experimental, insular period of proto-Devo. And we thought, 'It'll be so bizarre for us and the crowd, so let's do it!' But then it became like a memorial tour and a way to raise money for his family."

The "his family" in question is that of Robert Casale, a.k.a. Bob 2, Gerald's brother and longtime Devo guitarist/keyboardist who died of heart failure in February at age 61.

"Bob's family was destitute because he didn't have insurance and there's all these catastrophic care bills because he was trying to get Obamacare right when it happened," Casale said. "So we started a donation site that Pearl Jam and Shepard Fairey put on their sites. But that wasn't enough to help with (Bob's) family not losing their house."

Casale had already pitched the idea for a "Hardcore Devo" tour, as the band's 1974-1977 period has come to be known, which would consist exclusively of songs originally recorded on four-track tape machines in the basements of Akron, Ohio, where Devo formed. - [Denver Post]

Always fans of high concepts, Devo devolved for their current "hardcore" tour -- their first since the death of guitarist Bob Casale -- which focuses entirely on the band's early, experimental years before signing to Warner Brothers. For fans of the "Jocko Homo" / "Uncontrollable Urge" era, this is mid-'70s paydirt. That tour, which was dedicated to the late Casale and was a fundraiser for his family, hit NYC last night (6/19) for a show at Time's Square's Best Buy Theater. The show began with Mark Mothersbaugh coming out alone, sitting at his keyboard and leafing through a copy of the evening news (from 1974), and the band joined one by one later. The first half of the show was played sitting down, and the jumpsuits didn't come out till later in the show. As for their signature Energy Dome headgear, you had to look to audience members for those last night.

More pictures from last night, and Devo's setlist, below...



























SETLIST: Devo @ Best Buy Theatre 6/19/2014
Mechanical Man
Auto Modown
Space Girl Blues
Baby Talkin' Bitches
I Been Refused
Bamboo Bimbo
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Timing X
Soo Bawls
Stop, Look & Listen
Be Stiff
Uncontrollable Urge
Social Fools
Jocko Homo
Fountain of Filth
Gut Feeling

Booji Boy's Funeral
U Got Me Bugged



Tags: Devo

Comments (38)

"Flowerpot hats"? You sound like one of the tourist rubes on the street who kept asking what the line was for

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 10:06 AM

No Whip-It? Whaaaaaaaaaat? That song is way hardcore.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 10:10 AM


Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 10:14 AM

What is the crossed-out song on the setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 10:16 AM


Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 10:18 AM

Crossed out song is Goo Goo Itch

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 10:27 AM


Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 10:55 AM

If I had known they were going to do their early material, I would have gone. The Whip It stuff is pop, but their early stuff was subversive and fun. But why no Mongoloid? Not PC?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 11:30 AM

Devo turned their backs on hardcore before D started shaving his taint.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 11:30 AM

I think the whole set list were songs from 74-76 and I don't think Mongoloid was on the pre- Are We Not Men demos.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 11:40 AM

Mongoloid is on Hardcore Devo, and considering they played Baby Talkin Bitches and Bamboo Bimbo, I don't think they were sweating any PC angle. Would've loved to have heard Goo Goo Itch (& Uglatto) but shit was on point. Anybody who was there and thinks otherwise should have to listen to Beautiful World 20 times a day for the rest of their life.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 11:55 AM

Uncontrollable Urge isn't on Hardcore Devo, not that I'm complaining they played it. Great show, can't justifiably complain about having to go to Times Square for it or the omission of a few favorites (really stoked they played Clockout and Soo Bawls).

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 12:47 PM

Great show. Would've loved to hear Goo Goo Itch, but can't really complain about the setlist. Gut Feeling was a nice non-Hardcore (yet era-correct) surprise. And I always wanted to see 'em do Clockout!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 12:56 PM

was it just me or did Bob 1 suck?

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 1:10 PM

It's just you. Bob 1 is physically incapable of sucking.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 1:48 PM

This reminds me of the time my grandpa wandered away from his nursing home.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 2:02 PM

Devo huh? They remind me of my youth. WHIP IT GOOD! Those were before PC times (Post City.)

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 20, 2014 2:21 PM

^somehow getting even less funny,

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 2:23 PM

^ what's weird is that I don't think he's someone that has other aliases on here. He's uniquely unfunny. All the other regulars come up with something decent now and then. It's not even "so bad it's good" - it goes further back to bad.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 2:32 PM

Post city boyz need to contact my chief investigating team: CITY BOY #1 Fallon & CITY GAL #1 Annie St. Vincent.

Posted by Mr. Foot Fetish | June 20, 2014 2:42 PM

I really enjoyed the concert. Since I was only 9 years old in 1974, I didn't recognize most of the songs. But I enjoyed the heck out of them. Satisfaction was especially satisfying. I had an uncontrollable urge to scream and shout several times during the show. We definitely weren't ready to clock out at the end.

Posted by sri_barence | June 20, 2014 2:42 PM

Foot Fetish needs to go back to gawker and resume talking about colonialism and white privilege and shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 3:02 PM

They played mongoloid in Baltimore the first night of tour.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 3:04 PM

I'm gonna be a total geek and while yes "Urge" and "Gut" are not on Hardcore, they were written and being played live in the 1974 - 1977 zone that this tour is operating in. It's not like there's a rule that the songs have to be from those collections. You fuckin nerds!

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 3:09 PM

see also:"Beehive"

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 3:10 PM

Did they replace Bob 2 or is it just a four piece now? I can't tell who's playing bass in the last photo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 3:16 PM

It was mostly a four piece, but they did have a guy from The Punk Group sit in on keyboards for a couple songs and bass on Clockout.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 3:29 PM

The point of the tour aside from raising funds for Bob 2's family, was to to back to the early material and bring it to life today. Mission accomplished as W. once said.
The point was also to play as a four piece and in a way acknowledge what/who was missing in the sound.
Bob 2's absence was most felt in the Q/A songs and Clockout, especially in that they played Gut Feeling, a song that featured Bob 2 on guitar. Early half peak - Bamboo Bimbo, second half peak, without a doubt the fiercest Jocko Homo possible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 5:37 PM

They didn't play Mongoloid in Baltimore, set list was the same both nights

Posted by Anonymous | June 20, 2014 7:13 PM

Wish i had gone, saw them at lollapalooza a few years ago and they were great. Hate the location of that venue but it has great sight lines.

Posted by Anonymous | June 21, 2014 8:37 AM

Stop it. This was amazing. Consider yourself lucky to have seen this. I am so proud of my long time friend Brian Applegate of The Punk Group for emulating the parts of Bob 2 and playing bass on other tracks, even on stage at the end. He is a long time devoted friend of the band and was especially to B2, he is the bands keyboard tech as well. Long Live Devo you fools!

Posted by Stevolution | June 22, 2014 3:45 PM

great show. mark is a PRO

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2014 8:34 PM

What Stevolution said.

Posted by DrunkPunch | June 22, 2014 9:13 PM

no smart patrol/mr. DNA!?

Posted by gary cavazzini | June 23, 2014 12:15 AM

A legendary show. I know they couldn't play everything, but "I Need A Chick" was conspicuously absent, especially considering that it appeared on Hardcore and Jihad Jerry albums.

The band did an amazing job mimicking the electronic sounds from back then on more modern equipment. Sounded really authentic.

I was surprised they didn't do Mongoloid since so much material from Duty Now made the cut. Still, it was a killer show.

A dollar for every non-spud who left complaining that they didn't play "Whip It".

Posted by Dugga | June 23, 2014 12:19 PM

Saw the show in St. Charles, IL, and, holy crap, did they rock!!! Glad I got to cross this off my bucket list after nearly 40 years of being a fan.

Posted by Peanut | June 23, 2014 6:39 PM

For all of u whining about the absence of Whip It from the set list......go back to listening to your top 40 radio.

Posted by Stephen Guffey | June 24, 2014 1:03 AM

Nobody is whining about the absence of Whip It, you aging morons. Go back to bed.

Posted by Anonymous | June 24, 2014 1:20 AM

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