|The New Cars|
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Genres||Rock, power pop, new wave|
|Labels||Eleven Seven Music|
|Associated acts||The Cars, Journey, Jefferson Starship, The Tubes, Meat Loaf, Utopia, Neil Hamburger|
The New Cars were a band formed in 2005 with two of the original members of the 1970s/1980s new wave band The Cars. The band was composed of original Cars members Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes, along with vocalist/guitarist Todd Rundgren, bassist Kasim Sulton, and drummer Prairie Prince. The band performed The Cars' classic songs, some new material, and selections from Rundgren's career.
In 2005, rumors began circulating that Easton and Hawkes would be teaming with Todd Rundgren in a new Cars lineup, with Rundgren replacing The Cars original vocalists Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr. The rumors turned out to be true, with the revamped lineup calling themselves The New Cars. Two regular Rundgren collaborators, bassist Kasim Sulton and drummer Prairie Prince, replaced bassist Benjamin Orr and drummer David Robinson in the new lineup. Robinson, who retired from the music industry years before, was invited to join the group but amicably declined. Ocasek, who had opted out of any possibilities of a reunion, gave his blessing to Easton and Hawkes, saying, "I want Elliot and Greg to be happy." On April 17, 2006, when he appeared on The Colbert Report and was asked if there was anyone he wanted to put "on notice", he answered "Todd Rundgren." (In 2010, all four remaining original members of The Cars eventually did reunite for a new studio album and tour.)
On March 20, 2006, The New Cars released a new original single, "Not Tonight", on Eleven Seven Music. And on May 9, 2006, they released an album "It's Alive!", also on Eleven Seven Music. The album contained 18 tracks, consisting of 15 live recordings (12 classic Cars songs, the new single "Not Tonight", and 2 Todd Rundgren songs), plus 3 new original studio tracks.
Rundgren referred to the project as "an opportunity... for me to pay my bills, play to a larger audience, work with musicians I know and like, and ideally have some fun for a year".
The spring leg of the 2006 tour had to be cut short because Easton had broken his collarbone on June 5 and was playing in great pain. Despite the fact the accompanying album had sold only 16,000 units, a winter leg of the tour ran from November through early December. The tour, titled Road Rage Winter Tour was a theatre tour of venues which were much smaller than their previous arena tour.
The New Cars played their last concert in September 2007. Rundgren resumed his solo career, and his 2009 solo tour featured Kasim Sulton, Prairie Prince and Greg Hawkes as members of his backing band. A later Rundgren tour in 2010 featured band members Kasim Sulton and Prairie Prince. In 2010, Hawkes and Easton reunited with surviving Cars members Ric Ocasek and David Robinson for an album and tour.
Several years later, when Rundgren was asked how, looking back, he would characterize his time with The New Cars, he replied "Bittersweet. You know, we all put a lot of effort into it, but we got practically nothing out of it but aggravation".
- Former members
- Todd Rundgren – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
- Elliot Easton – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Greg Hawkes – keyboards, backing vocals
- Kasim Sulton – bass guitar, lead and backing vocals
- Prairie Prince – drums, percussion
|2006||"It's Alive!" * Release date: May 9, 2006||Eleven Seven Music #4607000512|
|2006||"Not Tonight" * Release date: March 20, 2006||Eleven Seven Music|
- The New Cars on Myspace
- The New Cars at VH1
- The New Cars at MTV
- The New Cars at RollingStone
- AOL Artist Page
- Billboard Artist Page
- Asbury Park Press Interview with Kasim Sulton