The Cars Announce Tour Dates
The Cars have announced an initial string of concerts across North America, due to begin Tuesday, May 10th at Seattle's Showbox SoDo. The set list will draw from the band's remarkable career and include songs from their eagerly awaited new album Move Like This, set for release by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on May 10th, 2011.
Move Like This, produced by Garret "Jacknife" Lee and The Cars, finds the beloved band - Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson - brimming with confidence and creative energy, in full charge of their considerable power and enduring influential artistry. Previewing the new album and debut single, "Sad Song," Rolling Stone affirms "It's as if they never left." The magazine calls Move Like This "A total recall of the precise swagger, art-rock minimalism and chrome-gleam pop" that defines The Cars.
The project's genesis came in the fall of 2009 as Ocasek considered how to proceed with his latest batch of songs. He realized that his best option was the three players with whom he had the most symbiotic relationship. Ocasek reached out to Hawkes, Easton, and Robinson, each of who were excited at the opportunity to play together again. "It totally clicked immediately," Ocasek says. "Everybody got right into it, as if we had never stopped playing. After two days I thought, 'Oh yeah, this is going to be cool.'"
Even as the band fell naturally back into rhythm, Hawkes says, "We tried hard to keep it from just being a nostalgia thing. We definitely wanted to bring a modern slant to it."
Producer Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, The Hives, Weezer) added, "The Cars have always had a futuristic sound," added Producer Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, The Hives, Weezer), "and this is something we wanted to keep - tight, taut and lean. There's a freshness and clarity to The Cars and Move Like This that most new bands don't have. That's pretty special."
Easton said, "The years melted away and within minutes we were up to our usual mischief. We had a blast making the record and I think that shows in the music."
Looking forward to the upcoming live performances, Robinson said, "We have such a great catalog of songs to choose from. The new songs should blend in nicely."
The Cars - North American Spring Tour:
5/10 in Seattle, WA @ Showbox @SODO
5/12 in Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium
5/13 in Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
5/15 in Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
5/17 in Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
5/18 in Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre
5/20 in Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
5/23 in Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
5/25 in New York City, NY @ Roseland
5/26 in Boston, MA @ The House of Blues