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  1. You can hear the full track of the New Cars single "But Not Tonight" at myspace.com/thenewcars As for whether or not Todd needs the money, check out the post on page 2 of this topic that includes Todd's statement on that question. H
  2. start of message, oops Tony, tix for the New Cars/Blondie Road Rage tour are running in the $50 to $60 range. (see above)
  3. message cut off considering Queen + Paul Rogers was charging hundreds for their best seats, that's not bad for 2 cars and most of Blondie. H
  4. Just posted on Billboard.com: New Cars Ready To Roll With Album, Tour March 14, 2006, 1:00 PM ET Greg Prato, N.Y. Confirming long-standing speculation, Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes have drafted Todd Rundgren to front a new version of the band, appropriately dubbed the New Cars. The lineup is rounded out by singer/bassist Kasim Sulton and Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. Original Cars vocalist Ric Ocasek is not involved in the new endeavor; original bassist/vocalist Ben Orr passed away in 2000. "When Ric made it clear to us that he really no longer wished to tour, and Greg and I wanted to do this thing, we sort of cast about for who we could get to be in the band. Who would be a great frontman and a great writer?" Easton tells Billboard.com. "I sort of came up with a very short list, and Todd was at the top of it. To my very pleasant surprise, he was receptive to the idea. It's just a great fit. It sounds terrific. He's a lot of fun to play with." The newly formed quintet debuted in front of an invite-only audience in January in Burbank, Calif. Several tracks from that show will be released May 9 on the album "It's Alive" via Eleven Seven Music. The set also features three new tracks penned by Easton, Hawkes and Rundgren, "Not Tonight," "Warm," and "More." A European release will follow shortly thereafter. "We have played, but they're not shows in the sense that it was a venue where somebody could buy a ticket," explains Rundgren. "We had to come up with some sort of recorded product, and it was always the intent to come up with a live album. It just was also the intent to have played live before we did that [laughs]. So we had an invited audience on a soundstage, and we played three nights. We tried to make it as much of a gig as possible, but reality-wise, it was the first three shows we ever played." As for the new tracks, Rundgren says "they were the final product of a process of various combinations of us getting together and trying to write songs -- including alone, in twos and sometimes all of us together. Just trying to figure out what we wanted to play, and how we could update the sound and not lose original Cars fans." The New Cars will hit the road with Blondie beginning May 12 in Robinsonville, Miss. "The hopes are after that to do Europe and beyond that, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, and then come back, and do another swing of the States," Easton says. Fans who purchase tickets via VH1Classic.com or Ticketmaster.com will receive free five-song download bundles from eMusic.com of tracks from "It's Alive" plus unreleased live Blondie recordings and the band's new cover of Roxy Music's "More Than This." Easton insists there is no ill will between Ocasek and the New Cars. "I have been in contact with [Ocasek]," he says. "I read in some press thing that Ric did where he said he just wanted to see Greg and I be happy. I thought that was a very nice thing to say, and I wish him the same." Here is the track list for "It's Alive": "Just What I Needed" "Let's Go" "Candy-O" "You Might Think" "Best Friend's Girl" "I Saw The Light" "You're All I've Got Tonight" "Not Tonight" "Drive" "Moving In Stereo" "Shake It Up" "Dangerous Type" "Bye Bye Love" "Open My Eyes" "Good Times Roll" "Not Tonight" (new studio recording) "Warm" (new studio recording) "More" (new studio recording) Here are the New Cars/Blondie tour dates: May 12: Robinsonville, Miss. (Grand Casino) May 13: Grand Prairie, Texas (Nokia Theatre) May 17: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre) May 19: Las Vegas (Aladdin Theatre) May 20: Universal City, Calif. (Gibson Amphitheatre) May 23: Alpine, Calif. (Viejas Casino) May 25: Saratoga, Calif. (Mountain Winery) May 26: Reno, Nev. (Events Center) May 27: Kelseyville, Calif. (Konocti Field) May 30: Englewood, Colo. (Coors Amphitheatre) June 3: Highland Park, Ill. (Ravinia Pavilion) June 4: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center) June 6: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap) June 7: Boston (Bank of America Pavilion) June 9: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach) June 10: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center) June 13: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live) June 14: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall) June 15: Hollywood, Fla. (Seminole Hard Rock Hotel) June 17: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheatre) June 18: Charleston, S.C. (Oyster Shell) June 21: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre) June 23: Montreal (Bell Centre) June 24: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata) June 25: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun) June 30: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre) http://billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002158139
  5. Because I don't currently own a Raspberries t-shirt. A feeble attempt at humor playing on the similiarities between the names of the namesake of this site and my favorite South Park character. My apologies.
  6. Amen to that, Tommy. I'll be sure to tune in. And while I may not have Eric Carmen on my shirt that night, it's very possible I'll be wearing one with Eric Cartman... and a dead Kenney. Howard
  7. I may see you there at the PNC Center, Tommy. I was considering getting tix for the Borgata, but the 10th is actually better for me schedule-wise (and it turns out Holmdel is closer to home). Bernie raises a good question: is The New Cars valid? About as valid as Foreigner (with one original member), Styx (ditto), Journey (two), Yes (two), The Moody Blues (one), Deep Purple (one) etc etc carrying on with few of the original folks. Like you wrote about the current Foreigner lineup, it's a tribute band with, in this case, two original members--Greg Hawkes and Elliot Easton. And I can't explain why exactly, but it's interesting to me. I'd like to hear Todd R sing these songs. The preview mp3 of their new original song "But Not Tonight", actually sounded pretty good to these ears. The true test will be at the box office. Is the American public that hard up to hear "Let The Good Times Roll?" Time, and ticket sales, will tell. And if this turns out to be a good new band, what's the harm?
  8. The official announcement is happening today (Tues, 3/14) but The New Cars (featuring Todd Rundgren) will be touring the US with Blondie. Here are the dates: Fri, 05/12/06 Grand Casino Tunica - Tunica, MS Sat, 05/13/06 Nokia Theatre At Grand Prairie - Grand Prairie, TX Wed, 05/17/06 Dodge Theatre - Phoenix, AZ Fri, 05/19/06 Aladdin Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, NV Sat, 05/20/06 Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk - Universal City, CA Tue, 05/23/06 Viejas Casino-Outlet Center Park - San Diego, CA Thu, 05/25/06 Mountain Winery - Saratoga, CA Fri, 05/26/06 Reno Events Center - Reno, NV Tue, 05/30/06 Coors Amphitheatre - Englewood, CO Thu, 06/01/06 Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater - Hinckley, MN Sun, 06/04/06 Blossom Music Center - Cuyahoga Falls, OH Wed, 06/07/06 Bank of America Pavilion - Boston, MA Fri, 06/09/06 Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY Sat, 06/10/06 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ Tue, 06/13/06 Hard Rock Live Orlando - Orlando, FL Wed, 06/14/06 Ruth Eckerd Hall - Clearwater, FL Thu, 06/15/06 Hard Rock Live - Hollywood, FL Sun, 06/18/06 North Charleston Coliseum - Charleston, NC Sat, 06/24/06 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Atlantic City - Atlantic City, NJ Sun, 06/25/06 Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT Fri, 06/30/06 DTE Energy Music Theatre - Clarkston, MI Also, the band is scheduled to appear tonight on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC, and on Tuesday 3/21 on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. For ticket info: http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/26857 Also, the official site: www.thenewcars.com --Howard
  9. Happy Purim back atcha, Ira. Tonight I'll be playing bass and guitar at my synagogue's annual Purim show. (My father-in-law is the Cantor, so I'm glad to help him out in the "Stage Band"). It's always a musical event that features Purim-themed song parodies. Last year's event was a Beach Boys night (songs inlcuded "Little Surfer King", no lie). This year it's a seventies theme. No Raspberries songs included, unfortunately, but I hear the lineup will include Purimized versions of "American Pie" and "Love will Keep Us Together". Theme dress is a part of it too. Since I couldn't dig up my old leisure suit, I'll be in the Rod Stewart getup I wear when I do "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" at gigs with my band (there's a picture of it on my myspace page, see below) minus the blonde shag wig.
  10. Bullseye of Canada put out a very cool tribute CD to Sweet, "Are You Ready Steve," (for which Steve Priest served as consultant and helped choose tracks) a few years back: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/tracks/B0006FYONS/ref=dp_tracks_all_1/103-8251405-0924601?%5Fencoding=UTF8#disc_1 I have a special preference for track 22... --Howard
  11. >Eric's Jewish? Wow. As a M.O.T., I'm thrilled >but I never thought about it before. He's not in >the Challah Fame at jewsrock.org. I actually wrote to the woman that maintains that site, Izzy (forget the last name) about Eric. She said she'd check into it, but to date he hasn't been added to the list, which includes David Lee Roth, half of Kiss, all but one of the J Geils Band, and the late, great Joey Ramone.
  12. Speaking of which, here's another story from 2004 from the same publication: http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/articles/2004/12/30/features/arts/arts1231.txt
  13. Turns out "American Gothic" is out on DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ATQ...lance&n=130 Worth checking out for fans of the spooky!
  14. The show you're referring to, Paulie, Is "American Gothic," created and written by Shaun. It ran for one season on CBS and starred Gary Cole, best known as Mike Brady in the Brady Bunch movies and the boss in "Office Space." It also featured Jake Weber (the husband on "Medium") and Lucas Black (the kid in "Sling Blade.") It was a cool show, spooky and thought-provoking. Cole played a sherrif who maybe was the devil. Perhaps they'll put it out on DVD some day (they seem to be putting out every other TV show!) I fondly remember Shaun's last album, "Wasp," produced by Todd Rundgren and featuring Utopia as the backup band. It started with a truly bizarre cover of Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" sung in falsetto. Wish they'd put that one out on CD! --Howard
  15. According to the Asia web site, there are plans for a CD, DVD and tour by the original lineup in 2006. So that's interesting about Palmer's message--the reunion has been confirmed on Wetton's, Downes' and Howe's sites. I wonder Asia will find itself into the same situation Jeff Lynne found himself in a few years back when he revived ELO with a new CD and touring lineup. Since there'd been a group called "ELO Pt II" touring and playing those songs since he'd left it behind, news of an ELO tour was met with ho-hum audience interest. There's been a version of Asia touring and recording, led by Geoff Downes and John Payne, since Wetton left the band. I wonder if ticket buyers will care that the original lineup is back. Then again, it worked for Motley Crue. Only time will tell is right... Howard
  16. Just posted on melodicrock.com: John Wetton has signaled that the original line-up of Asia will re-group. In a message just posted to his website, John states: "It is the intention of all 4 original members, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer, and John Wetton, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the creation of Asia. All four wish to convey their heartfelt thanks for the global support, love and enthusiasm that has made this possible." SPLIT ENZ RETURN FOR NEW OZ TOUR: Split Enz, the group that helped define the course of music in Australia and New Zealand, are reuniting and hitting the road this June for an Australian tour that Frenz fans have only dreamed of. This June the True Colours lineup (that produced smash hit I Got You) of Tim Finn, Neil Finn, Eddie Rayner, Noel Crombie, Nigel Griggs, and Malcolm Green will bring the inimitable style of Split Enz to arena stages in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Audiences can expect to be treated to a typically extravagant - full of hits - Split Enz concert but The Frontier Touring Company's Michael Gudinski says fans should also be prepared for some surprises. “I'm thrilled that Frontier are promoting Split Enz's upcoming tour. They were one of the greatest acts of all time on the Mushroom label. Split Enz have had so many hits throughout their career that they are icons here. I have every expectation that fans will be on their feet all night singing along – as I will be. Split Enz define the 70s and 80s for so many Australians so this is going to be the ultimate gig for these people.†It has also been confirmed that Noel Crombie will once again take up the double mantle of band member and stylist/set designer. So be prepared for some classic Split Enz costumes with a bit of '06 flair and a return of the famous spoons! Tour Dates - June 2006 Wednesday 7 June Brisbane Entertainment Centre Friday 9 June Sydney Entertainment Centre Sunday 11 June Melbourne Rod Laver Arena Tuesday 13 June Adelaide Entertainment Centre Friday 16 June Perth Burswood Dome --Howard
  17. As reported on melodicrock.com: THE NEW CARS GET ROLLING: The New Cars featuring Todd Rundgren have performed their first gig, rehearsing in California. The TR Connection website lists the set list as follows: Just What I Needed . Let's Go . You're All I Got Tonight . You Might Think . Best Friends Girl . I Saw The Light . Candy-O . Not Tonight . Drive . Moving in Stereo . Shake It Up . Dangerous Type . Bye Bye Love . Encore: Open My Eyes . Good Times Roll. The first new song from the guys is the rather good sounding Not Tonight. Check out a preview at: www.concerts.com/demofiles/Cars%20SP35730.mpg and www.concerts.com/demofiles/Cars%20SP35177%20DTT.mpg. --Howard
  18. Any word as to whether this show will be recorded and/or filmed for a CD/DVD? --Howard
  19. Sally G, I dug "Unbreakable" too. Interestingly, while it was steeped in comic lore and tone, it wasn't based on an actual comic--just an original creation of M. Night Shymalan. M. Night (a major figure in the film activity here in Philly) has said he had plans for a sequel, but the lukewarm response to the movie at the box office (at least compared to "The Sixth Sense") resulted in that being postponed, perhaps for good, as he moves on to new stories.
  20. Hey Paul, KISS returned to comic books twice since the days of the two original Marvel books (remember how the first one had REAL KISS BLOOD in the ink?) When the original band reunited, Image Comics (under the creative supervision of Spawn creator Todd McFarlane) put out a "Kiss Psycho Circus." It dropped the "Kiss as Super Heroes" idea of the Marvel books. Instead, they were iconic presences in a circus/sideshow setting. Kiss came back in comics, this time again as super heroes, a couple of years ago in a series put out by Dark Horse Comics. Both series are interesting and well done, and can be found in many comic stores' bargain boxes (the comic equivalent of record stores' cutout bins.) --Howard
  21. For my movie-going buck, the best comic-based movies have been the ones that are most faithful to the material. For example, Sin City was, literally, a comic book on film. Watch it side-by-side with Frank Miller's brilliant graphic novels. It's practically shot-by-shot consistent with the books. And it worked brilliantly! Spiderman and X-Men 1 & 2--also very faithful to the source material, and all the better for it (although the Goblin costume was a bit silly in the first SM flick.) Batman Begins--they played with the "gospel" a bit, but this excellent film was much closer to the original stories than any of the previous ones. A few people asked me "But didn't the Joker kill his parents?" The answer, of course, is no, they made that up for the first Michael Keaton movie. Fans of the books know it was Joe Chill, not "Jack Napier." (BTW, that name was new too--Joker never had a real name in the books.) One of the worst: The Punisher. Love the current run of graphic novels on this vigilante character writen by Garth Ennis. But the film, which used some elements from Ennis' stories, was a major letdown. Main reason: John Travolta. His horrible over-acting in a poorly written character trashed the film. Tom Jane was fine as the Punisher, but they botched it. OK, my inner fanboy is showing. I'll stop now.
  22. Hey gang, here's an amusing story about an ... ahem ... "area" of concern during the production of the upcoming "Superman Returns" movie directed by Bryan Singer (who did a masterful job on the first two "X-Men" films). Seems there's a problem with Superman's "bulge": http://www.darkhorizons.com/news05/051213f.php
  23. Haven't gotten mine yet either here in PA ... but no worries, the USPS is kind of busy this time of year. Looking forward to another great addition to my Raspberries collection! Howard
  24. Thanks, Blackhawk Pat, for the complements. I liked your tune (for the upcoming Raspberries tribute!) too. H
  25. Okay, now Todd himself has confirmed The New Cars in this post on http://trconnection.com/news that, rather eloquently I think, explains his rationale for taking part in it (along with a little knock on the "Walk Down Abbey Road" tours): "For the screamers: Now that the cat is out of the bag, or rather 'car is out of the garage', I should address the issues I would have dealt with had someone given me a heads up before we went public. There is a new cadre of 'fan' who has taken to constant second guessing of my motives and decisions. Their responses are usually Cassandraesque, rife with predictions of career death and loss of core audience. If results are not to their satisfaction, they threaten... what? To actively campaign against playing my music on the radio? Here are the facts. I don't know what kind of job you have, but I imagine that if you want to keep it you have to adapt to changes in your job description and to changes in the job market itself. And I don't know if you've heard, but musicians have notoriously brief careers. You can't do the job well on a part time basis, so you had better make a living at it. And if you want to keep the job, you better take advantage of whatever opportunities you have to work. You would have thought that 2004 was a big year for me careerwise, and in many ways it was. But the effort to bring the tour to the widest audience was not a profitable venture and I am still paying it off today. You would have thought that 2005 has been a nearly disasterous followup, and in some ways it has. But I erased the debts of last year, got caught up on my taxes and even vacationed for a couple weeks. Oh yeah, and I supported my family. So now an opportunity has arisen 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 catch is, a lot of people have been counting on something else. Let's make this clear: the possibility of a Utopia reunion of any kind has always been extremely remote. We disbanded for specific reasons that a previous reunion attempt only exacerbated. Despite whatever enjoyment we got from playing the music for our fans, the reformation left a sour taste. It would be ludicrous to Spinal Tap our way through a tour so fans could be satisfied that we simply showed up on the same stage. That's a redefinition of Utopia I can't personally handle. No 'magic date' is so magical that it can transform such an ingrained relationship. It's not happening and we'll all have to live with it. The rest of the equation is obvious. I can take out a band of my own and slide inexorably into debt, or I can go out solo and take my chances. Except that's no choice. Most of my recent material doesn't translate to the accoustic guitar (let alone piano), so the act has become stale to the point that I won't accept any more gig offers for solo shows. So you see, if someone gives you an opportunity to make a good living for a year without violating your musical ethics (or HAVING to play Beatle songs), and throws in the ability to retain your own identity and perform your own material and possibly create new fans, well, what choice do you have, really? The schedule even gives me plenty of time to record a new solo project, so what's the problem? If my working musician's decision offends you, start calling the DJs and beg them to stop playing all that TR music that's in such heavy rotation. Otherwise, me and Kas and Prairie and Elliot and Greg will be playing parts of the country we'd never get to otherwise, and hope to see you all there when we do. TR"
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