Sure, they haven't put out a record of new material in nearly 20 years (1990's Smooth Noodle Maps) nevertheless Akron's own DEVO will be performing at the conclusion of the Victory Ceremony during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver on February 22.
The band, which plans to end its lengthy studio album drought with a brand spanking as yet untitled new record sometime this year, will not only be playing to their biggest audience ever with an estimated 2 billion viewers worldwide. But it'll be the band's first live television appearance in 20 years and they plan on mixing a few old favorites (can you say Whip It?) along with some new tunes.
Or as Booji Boy is quoted as saying in the press release I'm currently butchering for my own amusement:
âDEVO were collectively ready to relax in their matching LAZYBOY loungers, sipping drinks by the 19th hole, but the rate things have been falling apart, and the velocity of de-evolution these days left us with no choice but to get back out there and inform people that now, more than ever before, it is time to disobey the mob and think for ourselves! To remind people that biology is destiny, and de-evolution is real! We are back with inspirational tomes of truth and neuro-simpatico sonic nuggets for the entire world, not just our species!
From your inarticulate pal,â
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The announcement of DEVO completes the lineup of 15 top North American headline acts for the Whistler Victory Ceremonies, which also includes Feist, Usher, Our Lady Peace, and The Fray. Each act will perform for one night from February 13 to 27 during the Games at Whistler Medals Plaza.
Ok, that was straight from the press release.
Anyway, this could be a big year for Devo with the new record almost ready for release and a new deal with their old record company Warner Bros.
Here's an interview with Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale from Spring of '09 where they talk about the new album, young hip bands that name check them and other stuff.