DEVO, who recently announced their decision to retire after half a century of touring, have explained their reason behind the decision.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, the co-founders of the band, discussed the influence of time and different opinions that have affected their decision-making process.
“Are you married?” Mothersbaugh asked the journalist. “Imagine you had four wives and you worked together. It’s tricky being in a band.”
“You’ve got a body of work informed by a whole manifesto and philosophy,” Casale added. “Do you let go and move on to the next thing? You want change, otherwise you’re stale, but you don’t want to be contrived.”
The band is currently performing their farewell tour, “Celebrating 50 Years of De-Evolution,” with dates booked through early December. A final date has yet to be announced.
“I’m looking forward to 2073,” Mothersbaugh joked. “We’ll play 100th anniversary Devo shows and then maybe retire.”
Meanwhile, a box set, Art Devo 1973-1977, is scheduled to arrive in September, featuring mostly rare, unreleased material, plus a documentary about the band currently in production.
(Photo: Jay Spencer)
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