Posted in music | pictures on May 26, 2011

photos by Ryan Barkan

The Cars @ Roseland Ballroom
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In case you missed it, we wrote our own little Lollapalooza preview for Lollapalooza.com, The Cars included. Bill wrote:

So many bands have cribbed from The Cars' new wave playbook you may have forgotten that they did it first. (Hear that Phoenix and The Strokes?) Ric Ocasek hasn't been behind the driver's seat of The Cars in 24 years, which is reason enough to see one of New Wave's most popular bands reunited. Five more reasons: "Just What I Needed," "My Best Friend's Girl," "Good Times Roll," "Let's Go" and "Shake it Up."
They didn't play "Shake it Up", but the other four reasons were heard along with 14 other songs at Roseland Ballroom in NYC last night (5/25). It was The Cars' second to last show on their May tour that is both a reunion with Ric and in support of a brand new album. The new album, Move Like This, was released on May 10th, and its songs also contributed greatly to the Cars' 90 minute setlist at the large, sold out NYC club show.

Bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000 from pancreatic cancer. In case you were wondering...

"I wondered how they would replace singer/bassist Ben Orr, who passed away a few years ago. It turns out, they really didn't. Ric sang all of Ben's songs, and keyboardist Greg Hawkes played some basslines on keys, and picked up the bass guitar (which actually belonged to Orr) on a few songs. (On the album, Hawkes played some bass, as did producer Jacknife Lee)." [No Expiration]
The Cars end their tour tonight in Boston, but will be back on stage this summer at Lollpalooza in Chicago. More pictures from the NYC show, and the full setlist, below...

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The Cars Concert at Roseland Ballroom, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on May 25, 2011

Good Times Roll
Blue Tip
Since You're Gone
Up and Down
My Best Friend's Girl
Touch and Go
I'm in Touch With Your World
Keep On Knocking
You Might Think
Drag On Forever
Free
I'm Not the One
Sad Song
Heartbeat City
Let's Go

Encore:
Moving In Stereo
Just What I Needed
You're All I've Got Tonight

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Comments (77)

Um ... It's safe to say that I shall not be interested in hitting any of those chicks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:25 AM

Good show. I think Ric messed up the crowds on "Just What I Needed" and Elliot told him something afterwards. Greg Hawkes was fun to watch. The used backing tracks whenever Greg played bass. I normally hate backing tracks, but I guess they did not want a sub for Ben.

The crowd give a big applause after Elliot's solos in "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Touch and Go". Why does the new record have only one solo?

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:25 AM

Holy shit am I glad I didn't go to this!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:26 AM

I like that B.VEGAN almost always puts in merch table shots. I hope this continues.

Posted by Mmmmmmmmmm Candy Candy! | May 26, 2011 10:29 AM

This 2-bit band made a fortune on 1 riff written 33 years ago. Dreadful.

Posted by donn | May 26, 2011 10:31 AM

no comment on this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:32 AM

i loved the cars back when mtv first started, now i want to stab my ears out with scissors when my wife thinks its cute to play the crappily produced greatest hits cd on my stereo.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:34 AM

donn, you offer quite sage wisdom. Hope to hear much more of your opinions.

Posted by donn II on the move | May 26, 2011 10:38 AM

sounds good to me. Moving in Stereo! Phoebe Cates tits!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:41 AM

the cars are a great band, i hope they return soon to play again...

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:43 AM

I didn't know Bradford Cox sang for the cars.

Posted by nony | May 26, 2011 10:45 AM

Should of had Nick from your Siriu's XMU radio show write that lolla preview considering he trashed the shit out of it on air.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:46 AM

Classic pop songs, boring live band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 10:49 AM

AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:03 AM

10:34 - " the crappily produced greatest hits..."

Are you kidding me? The production on the good tunes in their heyday is insanely good.

Band is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:05 AM

What's a CD?

Posted by Ron | May 26, 2011 11:11 AM

Doesn't anybody knock?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:21 AM

City Douche...lots of them 11:11

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:23 AM

There is something comforting about Cars songs. I don't know if I would splurge to see them live.

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | May 26, 2011 11:28 AM

They had 1 good album. The debut. That's it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:31 AM

I was there. It wasn't loud enough. And why do some people insist on blocking sight lines with their cameras/cell phones? Really inconsiderate.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:32 AM

mmmmmmmm ... phoebe cates tits!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:35 AM

who are all the old people sitting?

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:37 AM

Cool show. But the persistent stench of fart was not so cool. Whoever was responsible kept it going, 'till the sun went down. They kept it, going.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:38 AM

Phoebe Cates had tits? (I know, I saw the movie.. they were flat. Just saying).

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:43 AM

inevitable sausage fest comment.

also 10:45 is winning.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 11:47 AM

Elliot Easton is one of the most tastfully badass guitarists in the biz. His leads are always right on the money.

Posted by Klicka | May 26, 2011 12:06 PM

Why that guy from behind has given them fingers???

Posted by Project management | May 26, 2011 12:08 PM

What does any of this have to do with the price of hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 12:18 PM

...or James Murphy for that matter?

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 12:19 PM

OK show. Would have been about 10X better if they'd brought in someone to play bass. Backing track goofup right at the first song kinda spotlit how lame the whole concept is.

Posted by levi | May 26, 2011 12:36 PM

Oh look, it's the guy who destroyed "rock for light" playing in some band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 12:38 PM

Low volume, awful old people who had not been to a club show in 20 years and thought they had the same personal space rights as if they were sitting in Jones Beach.

Could have been great. Was totally ruined by external factors. Boo.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 12:47 PM

Fun show. Nothing groundbreaking or earthshattering but it was fun. Touch and Go was highlight. Until the encores, they basically alternated hits with new songs, which hurt any momentum. The new stuff is listenable but nothing stood out. Roseland continues to be a horrible venue, but it actually sounded ok behind the soundboard. Everyone either opened a pretend bikini top or said "Doesn't anyone knock anymore?" when Moving in Stereo started. It was 1982 all over again for a night.


Posted by Cracker Jim | May 26, 2011 12:59 PM

I was only 6 in 1982, but i really hope it was more fun for those over the age of 15 than it was last night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 1:05 PM

You've gotta be fucking kidding me with the v-drums

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 1:07 PM

Waaaa, waaaa, 12:47.

Posted by Cock'n Balz | May 26, 2011 1:44 PM

12:47 - Maybe Ric could go to your place and strum an acoustic for you. Paulina could make you sandwiches and mix a few drinks for you. Simpleton.

Posted by Sack | May 26, 2011 1:49 PM

I know what 12:47 means, old people have no idea how GA shows work. Bookings that cater to an older crowd should be at seated venues only.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 2:21 PM

I can't wait until Brooklyn Vegan readers go to a Strokes reunion show in 2030, and the kids are making the same comments on Queens Vegan.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 2:25 PM

It wasn't that old of a crowd, maybe 20s through 40s. It wasn't a CSN crowd.

Posted by Philbro | May 26, 2011 2:29 PM

2:25 more likely StatenIslandMeateater.com

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 2:44 PM

Classic, 2:25.

Posted by Foghorn Lehorn | May 26, 2011 3:02 PM

Music was absolulety amazing... The crowd was filled with short tempered 40 something jersey trash nitwits, holding onto there fat ugly girlfriends. Wish I could have stayed and listened but had to get out of this zombie fest.. Where do these people come from and why are they ruining the vibes? A+ for cars F- for people at this show.. Give me space, watch it, i'll kick your ass, f this f that... Live a little and shake it up you zombie bastards!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 3:06 PM

Who looks less thrilled...the band or the crowd?

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 3:14 PM

This does not bode well for the amount of old people who will be awful at the Paul Simon at Webster Hall show.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 3:23 PM

MULLET !!!

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 3:31 PM

Going to a club show = forfeiting right to personal space, tolerance for bad manners, inconsiderate people, and sweaty people.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 3:42 PM

I went, and had a good time. Yes, it was cramped, but what did you expect? A five-foot circle of free space around you? I didn't notice bad behavior but there may have been some. The pics of the crowd presented here don't capture the excitement I felt during the show. I can't agree with comments that suggested the show was boring or not loud enough. It was plenty loud. Nothing's ever good enough for some people. (I will say the T-shirt prices seemed high.)

Posted by g.r. | May 26, 2011 4:01 PM

What is the sound of one hand clapping

What is the sound of one talentless hipster ragging on a Hall of Fame band? It sounds like the comments above.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 4:12 PM

New Cars LP is surprisingly good. Check out "Keep On Knocking" to get an idea.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 4:14 PM

2:25 & 2:44. Keep up the good work.

Posted by nothing no one | May 26, 2011 4:18 PM

3:06 nailed it. we saw two drunken fights at the show by people that should have outgrown that sort of thing long ago. too many ornery, drunk 40+ people in that sticky, vomit-stinking venue nearly ruined the fun of seeing the band back together. the cars kept up their zero stage presence rep and didn't even acknowledge they've been gone 24 years, but the music was pretty stellar.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 7:40 PM

good comment 2:25.

Posted by Anonymous | May 26, 2011 7:44 PM

wow, lots of hate for the cars. did not see this coming.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 1:50 AM

2:21 - "Old people" know exactly how GA shows work. We've been going to them for years. It's just that with age we have gained less tolerance for assholes and a greater appreciation for personal space.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 6:32 AM

"It's just that with age we have gained more weight from eating big macs."

fixed that for ya

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 8:36 AM

i know that douche with his middle fingers up.....fits right in with those dirty hipsters.....i love the brooklynvegan.com

Posted by joe pill | May 27, 2011 10:24 AM

6:32: that's fine and all, but you have to know where and when that personal space is called for and when you need to go with the flow.

At a sold out club show you can't have the personal space that you have grown accustomed to elsewhere in seated shows. You need to adapt to the fact that even though you've grown older and have less tolerance, the venue is still the same and the environment is still the same as it was when you were younger and there are still younger people around you, so deal with it.

Just because you are older doesn't mean you need to ruin younger people's experiences-the same experiences you had when you were their age.

you go to a packed club show relax and chill out and be young again for at least one night.

Posted by Anonymous | May 27, 2011 10:43 AM

Joe Pill (10:24), may the fleas from my dirty beard nest in your bed!! You douche!

Posted by Dirty Hipster | May 27, 2011 11:20 AM

It was plenty loud where I was standing, and they rocked! Ric on vocals and Greg's bass/programming filled the void left in Ben's absence as much as any fan would want it to be filled. Much better than replacing him. When Greg picked up the bass and gave a nice message to Ben it was a genuine, memorable moment. Ric played around with his vocals a bit and Elliot provided some face melters. A great show.

Posted by Joe Blow | May 27, 2011 11:44 AM

I think they also played "Hits Me" from the new album, but it's not on the set list.

Posted by g.r. | May 27, 2011 4:25 PM

real guitars are for old people

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2011 11:23 PM

The journalist needs to get his facts straight. Benjamin Orr did not die of pancreatic cancer. He took it up the ass one too many times and died of AIDS. A real shame because with him this band was amazing. I was fortunate enough to see the original band in the early 80s when their setlist was superb. The setlist at Roseland was pathetic but of course without Orr, the concert was pathetic too. So glad I saw them when they were The Cars and not a lame attempt of a half assed reunion of 75% of the band in number and 25% of the band in spirit.

Posted by jimfoxfan | June 27, 2011 2:21 AM

Why can't people not be such haters?!?!? The Cars are one of Rock and Roll's best bands. 40 somethings deserve to rock like anyone else regardless of age. Remember "youngins", one day your music will become "Classic" too! I saw the cars circa "79" at Central Park, no it was awesome. I also went to see, The New Cars, circa 2005. It was still a blast. I can't wait to see "The Cars" this year. When you critics learn to play an instrument and write at least one hit record, or anything worth listening to, please notify us all. Until then, just piss off!

Posted by Jpistols | July 12, 2011 2:10 AM

It was The Cars' second to last show on their May tour that is both a reunion with Ric and in support of a brand new album.

Posted by Robin | April 20, 2012 6:24 AM

I wondered how they would replace singer/bassist Ben Orr, who passed away a few years ago.

Posted by Analia | April 24, 2012 9:09 AM

Sounds so great..

Posted by Regime anti cholesterol | April 26, 2012 7:15 AM

I wondered how they would replace singer/bassist Ben Orr, who passed away a few years ago. It turns out, they really didn't

Posted by Riz rouge contre le cholesterol | May 3, 2012 10:28 AM

When Greg picked up the bass and gave a nice message to Ben it was a genuine, memorable moment.

Posted by Appartement orleans | May 5, 2012 3:49 AM

The Cars end their tour tonight in Boston, but will be back on stage this summer at Lollpalooza in Chicago.

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Posted by Ferme de Sainte Marthe | May 17, 2012 8:08 AM

It's funny how old people will go to shows when it's more old people that are playing, but they won't check out anything new.

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