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 The Cars reunite for album and tour curlio  
 2006-03-15 14:20:05       
Live Performances One of the biggest bands of the early 80's, The Cars have reunited for a new album and tour. The latest incarnation of the band, The New Cars, features original Cars' guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes together with new members Todd Rundgren on vocals, Kasim Sulton on bass, and Prairie Prince on drums.

The band will release a live album, "The New Cars: It's Alive" on May 9th. The album was recorded in California in January of this year. It also contains three never-before-released tracks. The track listing for the album is as follows.

1. Just What I Needed (4:12)
2. Let's Go (3:49)
3. Candy-O (2:50)
4. You Might Think (3:13)
5. Best Friend's Girl (4:12)
6. I Saw The Light (3:02)
7. You're All I've Got Tonight (5:23)
8. Not Tonight (3:33)
9. Drive (4:05)
10. Moving In Stereo (5:15)
11. Shake It Up (3:46)
12. Dangerous Type (4:25)
13. Bye Bye Love (5:02)
14. Open My Eyes (3:02)
15. Good Times Roll (4:53)
16. *Not Tonight (3:25)
17. **Warm (4:04)
18. **More (3:41)
* (Studio version, previously unreleased)
** (new studio recording, previously unreleased)

The band will tour with Blondie, who are supporting their latest Greatest Hits release. In addition, anyone purchasing a ticket to the show from either Ticketmaster or VH1Classic will be able to download a full album from eMusic. The digital album contains five songs by The New Cars and five songs by Blondie. The New Cars songs are 4 classic Cars songs plus the new song "Not Tonight" while the Blondie songs are 4 unreleased live tracks and a new studio cover of "More Than This."

Purchasing the tickets through Ticketmast also gets the fans a 1 year membership to The New Cars fan club, or to purchase VIP packages. Tickets for the tour go on sale March 18th.

Tour Itinerary:
5/12 - Robinsonville, MS @ Grand Casino Tunica Event Center
5/13 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Nokia Theatre
5/17 - Phoenix, AZ Dodge @ Theatre
5/19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts
5/20 - Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
5/23 - Alpine, CA @ Viejas Casino
5/25 - Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
5/26 - Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center Downtown
5/27 - Kelseyville, CA @ Konocti Field Amphitheater
5/30 - Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
6/01 - Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino AmphitheatreSat-Jun 03
6/03 - Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Pavilion (excluded from digital album promotion)
6/04 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
6/06 - Vienna, VA @ The Filene Center (tickets on sale April 1) (excluded from digital album promotion)
6/07 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
6/09 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Music Theater
6/10 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
6/13 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live (Universal Studios)
6/14 - Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
6/15 - Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
6/17 - Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheater (pre-sale 3/14, general on sale: 3/25)
6/18 - North Charleston, SC @ Oyster Shell & North Charleston Coliseum
6/21 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
6/23 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
6/24 - Atlantic City, NJ @ The Borgata Event Center
6/25 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort
6/30 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/01 -Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-15 16:49:48  

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Oh my god!! I cannot believe this group got back together. I watched them last night on Leno and they absolutely sucked!! They were horrible!! I was embarrassed for them!!

What is wrong with this world?

First Queen (make that Brian May and Roger Taylor) reform with Paul Rodgers ... and they are arguably the most pathetic group of codgers touring today. Do these old farts really need the $$$. Freddie Mercury is turning over in his grave.

Well, I though Queen + PR was pathetic until I watched the New Cars last night.

Rik Okasik will probably have to enter rehab when he sees these buffoons playing his songs.

New Cars ... take the cake for the lousiest band alive right now.

That little retarded boy Kevin on American Idle sounds better than these cretins. Oh vey!!

The Sex Pistols were right ... they're all a bunch of posers and corporate businessmen now!!

I hope the New Cars get a flat real soon.

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 curlio ( Website Owner ) 2006-03-16 09:54:57  

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some of the "old farts" can really still sing. Maybe they just need time to gel together. When music is in your soul, you don't want to stop just because you hit 40 or 50, you have to keep doing what you love to do.

I can't fault Queen or The New Cars, or the Grateful Dead or any other group for continuing on in a new formation. Yes, that even includes INXS (though I may disagree with how they got their frontman). 

 Tate ( Guest ) 2006-03-16 10:03:40  

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I saw the New Cars on the Tonight Show and they were awesome.

The guy who criticized their performance doesn't even know how to spell Ric Ocasek's name correctly, so that must tell you a bit about how this guy doesn't know dick about The Cars.

Despite this guy's angst and hatred for pop music (nice put down of Queen by the way), it's great to have The Cars back, despite the fact that Ric Ocasek decided not to join in on the reunion.

The Cars have always been a big influence on a lot of today's new bands including Weezer, Foutains of Wayne, The Killers, The Bravery, Fall Out Boy, All American Rejects and beyond.

It's long overdo that Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes built up the nerve to get the Cars back on the road. Recruiting Todd Rundgren on lead vocals and guitar is also a great idea as the guy is legendary.

Easton is one of the best rock guitarists around. Combined with Rundgren's electric guitar stylings, based on their performance of "Good Times Roll" on Leno, the new sound is heavier, punchier and rockier than the original incarnation of the band. I have no idea what Ocasek will make of it but at the end of the day, I'm not the guy's babysitter nor is this some kind of rock'n'roll soap opera.

The band are starting a US tour with Blondie in May. Can't wait to see them live. Yeah, they're a lot like you, the dangerous type(s)! Let's Go! 
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 shaffner ( Guest ) 2006-03-17 14:26:34  

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This is going to be the show to see this Spring. Tight and Talanted! I would be curious to know who the first GUEST here thinks is worthy of his praise! 
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 SCM ( Guest ) 2006-03-17 15:48:31  

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What a great performance. I hope these guys pass through Washington.

There is no one better than Todd they could have picked for the vocal lead. Hopefully Elliot wil let Todd share some of the lead work as Todd is great on guitar. Kasim is also an outstanding addition on vocals and bass. 
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-17 17:51:19  

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The new cars are gonna roll this summer. Getting Todd, Kas, and Prairie was the coolest move they could have done. oh yeah... didn't the sex pistols last about a week? 
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-17 19:49:30  

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I remember when Coca-Cola came out with a caffeine-free version of its oh so famous and never-equalled secret-recipe soda. I initially was of the opinion "why fix something that ain't broke?". As it turned out, after drinking that original soda for decades, I finally gave the new caffeine-free stuff a try, after my cardiologist said "you are caffeine-free now". Much to my delight, I did not lose my good ole friend, I got an improved friend out of the deal. Likewise, its way too early to tell how the New Cars will or won't take effect........keep in mind.....sometimes necessity has its way of becoming the right thing to do :) 
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-18 00:09:56  

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They look like old cars to me..... 
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-18 01:56:20  

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Todd Rundgren has been underated and ignored for many years. He surprised his fan base with his latest career move, but it will provide him with exposure to a new audience, and perhaps enhance his legacy while growing his bank account. Nowadays, rock'n'roll (if there still is such a thing) is about dollars and not artistic expression. Rundgren can't afford to sit idle and wait for the world of pop culture to catch up to him, so he might as well seize opportunities like this. 
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 SirhanSirhan ( Guest ) 2006-03-18 13:10:32  

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Listen, I've actually head the New Cars album and all I can say is watch out, it's sound killer. Elliot Easton will shine on this album as one of the best electric guitarists since Joe Satriano and Steve Vai. Ocasek was totally insane to pass up this opportunity. I love Ric's solo albums but who actually bought a copy of "Nexterday"? It's a terrific record but the only thing anyone is interested in at the moment is the Cars/New Cars. Can't wait to see the band on tour this May. Greg Hawkes is also looking cool. Very Edgar Winter!  
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 PB ( Guest ) 2006-03-18 16:01:47  

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To the first poster: What`s wrong with this world? People like you. I think you`ve shown everyone your close minded attitude and it is obvious that you are lacking any ability to recognize musical talent. These guys sounded very good and there is a market that they will satisfy. Have fun listening to your American Idol greatest hits CD. (And BTW, brush up on your 4 grade spelling skills).  
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-18 22:44:23  

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Todd Rundgren is a musical of the very few we have, and remarkably, only a relatively small number of us are aware of it, and recognize his a writer (a master of melody, really, along with Brian Wilson, Paul Mc Cartney and Ray Davies), soulful vocalist, producer, arranger and flat out blazing guitarist when he wants to be. If this is his way to appeal to a larger audience, I'm all for it.
For all that he's given me, he has my support forever. 
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-19 00:44:12  

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Well PB ... you proved that you are a full spectrum moron.

It is idiots like you why I have so much fun on a site like this.

Close minded? I think not. I'm expressing my opinion and I think that the New Cars suck.

Apparently from the opinions expressed on this site ... I am in the minority. However, it is my opinion.

BTW ... I have another opinion PB *** 
edit: curlio - 2006-03-19 01:07:33 GMT - behave a little huh?
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 kbaugh ( Guest ) 2006-03-19 01:01:54  

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Todd Rundgren is infinitely more talented than what's his name as frontman. And Prairie Prince and Kasim Sultan? Get outta here. The Cars WISH they had this lineup in their glory days. Go gettem, Todd. 
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-19 01:55:35  

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I observed the New Cars on Leno & have heard the new single Not Tonight. It sounds like a mix of the Cars & Utopia. In fact, it is 1/2 Cars & Utopia with Todd Rundgren as the front man. I think Cars & Utopia fans will all be happy. It blends the two groups together & highlights both the Cars Pop sound with the Utopia blend. Very cool! No doubt, they are gonna be great in concert & glad they will use a live format. Glad to see the innovators of Pop are back. Nice call combining the two groups. I always loved them both.  
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 PB ( Guest ) 2006-03-19 10:27:10  

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"It is idiots like you why I have so much fun on a site like this."
You have no interest in making a valid assessment of this band, your comment above proves you just like posting negative remarks.
Please validate your obvious knee jerk reaction by substantiating the area in which you feel these guys "suck".  
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-19 11:30:27  

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[removed personal insults.]

A constipated pediatric idiot.

That said, why do the New Cars suck?

Firstly, they are a bunch of old fogies cashing in on past memories. (Seems to be a trend these days).

Their sound albeit tight, was marginal at best. This was not the vision the old band and producer Roy Thomas Baker worked on and became so successful and popular with. (I also don't want to hear ... but this is the New Cars!! ... I don't care ... if it wasn't for the original band the New cars wouldn't exist)

I do give them credit for using a new ugly front man. Rik was also not a looker. However, if any of you are old enough to have listened to Nazz or Nazz Nazz or basically anything the Toddster put out in the early 70's you would see he is way too sophisticated for the New Cars.

New Cars? The name itself reeks of sellout/cashing in ala Queen + PR.

Now PB lets consider the new tired sound.

Todd is light years above the combined talent of this (New Cars) entire band.

So, what in heavens name is he doing fronting a tired 70's/80's band? Two reasons ... cash flow and ego stroking. (Not bad reasons mind you ... but reason enough for me to say ... you suck).

Hopefully their appearance on the Tonight Show wasn't past your bedtime ... but did you really listen to the tired same chord riffing over and over? Get over it ...

In conclusion [personal attack] or whatever your moniker stands for.

I stand by my original opinion. The New Cars sucked and they are a group of tired old posers.

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edit: dusty - 2006-03-19 20:28:58 GMT - Play nice or don't play at all
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-19 14:41:16  

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cant we all just get along? 
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 PB ( Guest ) 2006-03-19 17:39:35  

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hehehehehe , that vein in your neck is showing!!!!!
Got anything else???  
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-19 20:16:37  

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this re-grouping willbe first class. Rundgren is a musicians's musician. Ric O.wanted him to be the sub for him.

the other players in the band rock..... 
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 dusty ( Website Owner ) 2006-03-19 20:33:47  
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People play nice or don't play at all, no personal attacks. 
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-20 04:27:08  

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For some reason, after reading a few certain responses here, I get the impression that there is at least one person on the planet that probably whined and moaned when various things were developed over the years such as the remote control for the tv and cordless phones, not to mention laptop computers. I get the impression one might have said "This stuff isnt progress". I can understand the frustration this person must have, given the enormous talent, however underrated, that Todd Rundgren has...and having to be subjected to a display of what one might consider "Todd steps down several levels to make a buck or two". Consider how long Mr. Todd has been in business and yet he has not had the fame and stardom that others who are extremely less talented have had. As a Todd fan, I remember a line written on the Something/Anything said "Baby needs a new pair of shoes". Visionary that Todd is, it is well known that he cherishes not what he has accomplished professionally over the years, but his "family"....his "kids" are most important and NOT necessarily the fans. I cannot blame him one bit. I am sure he felt honored that he was chosen to front the band, and the mere fact that he will be able to continue to put food on his table in his nice Kauai abode and buy his kids shoes....well thats exactly what he wants to do. He certainly ain't gonna hold out and wait for us to round up thousands of people (that obviously didnt notice) to buy the Liars cd. Oddly enough, I concur that The Cars had their time in the sun. They obviously set some standards. They had alot of fame and airplay. ahhhhhh the good ole I have to go look for my cell phone.......I used to always know where the phone was as it was always connected to the wall in the kitchen.........progress! 
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 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-20 11:39:24  

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To the 1st Guest!

They Sucked on Leno? What were you watching?



PROOF, you don't know a thing about music! MORON! 
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 johnboy ( Banned ) 2006-03-20 12:07:54  

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Hello: I just spent the last 20 minutes carefully reading everyone's comments.

Actually, I agree with the first guest on a few points. I thought the new cars were substandard as well. And, when they kept playing the ending over and over again to that song, they started to suck.

I believe Runt is in the band for the exposure and the paycheck. Rundgren has been around longer than dirt and still never reached anything more that a cult following ... pity.

The Cars definitely had their day 20 years ago. Let it rest and let people have happy memories of the past.

As for the guest above who didn't have the courage to use his real name or sign in. I have been a musician for 20+ years. I graduated with a MA in music and a thesis on church organ. So flea brain, get a grip.

I quickly realized that if you can't make it the music business in 5 years or so ... you better quickly find something that will pay bills. The starving artist thing doesn't cut it for me.

Todd is NOT suffering financially. He has eeked out a profitable career.

Personally, I feel that he has taken a step down in his career playing with lesser musicians.

In conclusion, yes the new cars were/are a waste of time. Hopefully the tour will be short and they will go away.

 GUEST ( Guest ) 2006-03-20 22:30:07  

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Musical taste is completely subjective. Someone's sellout sucky music is another's happy soundtrack.
I was curious when I 1st learned of Todd's involvement in this venture. It seemed a little odd, but not completely inappropriate.
Todd's music, his melodic sense, his vocal charm- those gifts of his have always appealled to me, from the first time I heard his music, and the Cars songs were really good. Danceable and catchy. I wanted to give it a chance. The more I thought about it the more it seemed like it could really work.
Hearing /seeing them on Leno clinched it for me. I thought the mix of the Cars' song they played and Todd's singing was delightful, and I especially liked it because the current version seemed darker, richer. Other standouts : Kasim's steady colorful bass work and his clear bright harmonies on vocals...the other musicians who added their well honed skills and good taste. I immediately bought tix for the Los Angeles show.
What is with the anger and hatred towards older musicians? Calling them fogies. That does not make sense as music, all creativity is personal expression. Just because these songs have been done before does not make them un worthy of remaking.
Just because a musician is over 35 does not mean they can no longer create. In fact, the older musicians I have heard are generally speaking better!!! Confident, seasoned, skilled.
And one more thing, who ever on this board called Todd ugly... well that was cruel and uncalled for. And believe me, there are many fans female and male, who truly care for him and know he is a beautiful person.
And PS I saw the Queen concert on PBS and excuse me! Paul Rodgers' voice was perfection, the musicianship was awe-inspiring and I believe they did Freddy Mercury a great honor.
Good songs begged to be played and enjoyed, great talent is such a joy to behold, it is not a sell out to continue to share these things with eager audiences who are hungry for well crafted songs performed by great talent. 
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