Saturday, March 17, 2007

The New Cars: Worst Tour Ever

80's new wave rockers, The Cars, were one of the most innovative and creative bands to exist during the decade. I'll bet they had more hits than Pete Rose. You might think otherwise, but I'm certain you know at least eight of their songs really really well.

Genius Rick Ocasek was the sole lyricist and main songwriter for the band, and bassist and vocalist Benjamin Orr would act as frontman in concerts and live appearances. After a string of successful hits beginning in 1978, with "Just What I Needed", in 1987, the Cars released their last album Door to Door, but it failed to approach the success of their previous albums. They announced the group's break-up in February 1988.

Ocasek continues to perform as a solo artist, releasing over seven studio albums. Drummer David Robinson has retired from music and is spending most of his time with his restaurant and Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer on October 3, 2000. The other two, Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes, have mixed their talents with Todd Rundgren in a new revamped lineup, The New Cars in 2005.

Well the New Cars are at it again in 2007, but take a look at these recently released tour dates:

05.12.07 Cypress Gardens Winter Haven, FL
05.14.07 Mystic Lake Casino Prior Lake, MN
07.07.07 Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
07.08.07 Muskegon Summer Celebration
07.10.07 Common Ground Lansing, MI
07.11.07 Casino Rama Toronto, ON
07.13.07 Moondance Jam Walker, MN
08.04.07 Greenville Lions Park Greenville, WI
08.07.07 Clark County Fairgrounds Ridgefield, WA

I'm pretty sure I could book a better tour of myself reading excerpts from USA Today in broken Spanish. I'm all for reunions, but this is pushing it. I don't think they should be allowed to have Car or Auto or The in their name if these guys want regroup. Here is a video from the classic Cars lineup. These Cars are real.

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