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The New Cars reform and announce US tour

The New Cars

Story by Jack Foley

SEVENTEEN years after the last tour by The Cars, one of the most influential bands of the late 70s/early 80s, two of its seminal members have reunited to form of The New Cars.

Original guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes have enlisted vocalist/guitarist Todd Rundgren, fellow Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sulton and former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince for the Road Rage Tour 2006, presented by VH1 Classic.

They will be joined on the road by newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Blondie, who will perform classics from their new Greatest Hits album, Sound & Vision.

For the first time ever, a full album download will also be offered free with online ticket purchases, as part of a promotion that’s being made possible by eMusic, the world’s largest retailer of independent music.

Online purchases are available through or

Commenting on the reunion, Eric Sherman, Senior Vice President, General Manager, VH1 Classic, said: “This will prove to be an historic double-bill with Blondie fresh off of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The New Cars performing together for the first time.”

While New Cars member, Todd Rundgren added: “Audiences know these songs and want to re-experience them in a live context. As The New Cars, we want to pay homage to The Cars and know that the best-known songs are the essential core, what we’re hanging our hats on.”

While The Cars’ biggest hits will take centre stage, fans can also look forward to Rundgren’s own signature tunes along with several new songs the band recently recorded.

A greatest hits collection performed by The New Cars, called The New Cars: It’s Alive, will be released May 9, 2006, on Eleven Seven Music in association with ADA. The album will include classic Cars songs recorded live plus never-before-released studio tracks.

With each ticket purchased through or, concertgoers will receive a confirmation e-mail with a code to redeem a free download of the complete digital event album from

The download will include five songs performed by The New Cars (four classic songs of The Cars, recorded live and the newly penned studio track Not Tonight) and five songs performed by Blondie (four previously unreleased live tracks and one new studio cover of More Than This).

The confirmation email will include a link that takes ticket buyers to, where they will enter the code and their email address. After supplying this information, ticket buyers will be prompted to download the album and will also have the opportunity to sign up for a free eMusic trial.

Visit The New Cars website for US tour dates…

  1. I just watched The New Cars perform “Good Times Roll” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on “The Hot Toddies’ Video Vault” website (when you get on the page, scroll down to the end to “The New Cars section) – The amazing thing is that the new lineup sounds a lot more intense, the guitars are turned up and Todd Rundgren is brilliant. Check it out. Check out the video for the new single “Not Tonight” on Ric Ocasek must be pulling his hair out! Let’s hope the band dedicates the forthcoming live album to the late Ben Orr of “Drive” fame. This is brilliant stuff and a brave move for original founding Cars bandmembers Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes.

    Jeff W.    Mar 17    #
  2. The band rock. In theory, The New Cars shouldn’t work. But the band sound better than ever. I’ve always thought Elliot Easton deserves more credit for his guitar playing. He sounds wonderful. I was one of the lucky people to see them perform live in Burbank earlier this year. What a live show. Todd Rundgren was awesome.

    Beef Burger 25    Mar 18    #
  3. Ric Ocasek and the old drummer were offered a spot, but turned it down, magnaminously. Ric Said..”I just want Elliot and Greg to be happy”. Easton and Hawkes insisted that Ocasek harbors no ill will towards the band. “Elliot and I did talk openly to Ric initially and [he and David] both felt that they did not care to participate,” Hawkes says. “Ric has a career as a producer and does his solo records and I think he’s quite happy doing that. And probably touring is one of his least favorite things.”

    Steve Bluitt    Mar 18    #