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New Cars Still Enjoying The Ride

Of the Oakland Press

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There’s a simple reason Elliot Easton is enjoying this summer’s New Cars tour more than the 2006 model.

“I didn’t break my neck this year — that was different,” says Easton, 53, who broke his left collarbone in June of 2006 when he fell out of a bunk when the group’s tour bus swerved to avoid an accident.

But he adds that with more time spent together, the group is “getting more comfortable and people are settling in with each other, getting to know each other better. Everyone gets along great; there’s a lot of laughs; the shows are good. It’s kind of seasoning a little bit.”

The question now is what the New Cars, which features Cars founders Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes, along with Todd Rundgren and drummer Prairie Prince, will do next. Rundgren and Easton are both planning to make solo albums during the fall and winter, but Easton says a New Cars album is one idea in the ether after the group did three new songs to accompany last year’s concert set “It’s Alive!”

“Certainly the talent is there to record new music,” says Easton, who was born Elliot Steinberg in Brooklyn. “Right now we’re just sort of establishing the band, trying to build back the momentum we lost when I busted the collarbone and we had to stop the ’06 tour. That’s no small thing; there’s definitely been a bit of work to do on that.

“And, y’know, with things the way they are in the record business, we could do a new record, but how many people would buy it? Who knows how many people would buy a new Cars record from the original band. It’s just in such a funny place right now, we feel like the best thing to do is concentrate on doing concerts.”

The New Cars perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 2) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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