Thursday, May 17, 2007

Just What I Needed

As previously mentioned, it’s old band concert season around these parts. So, to continue with that thought the next band on my agenda was The Cars.

Or should I say The New Cars? They have a new lead singer, drummer, and bass player, but the guitarist and keyboardist are original members. And to me they were the backbone of that band anyway.

The new singer, however, is Todd Rundgren, who is a very established musician on his own. The drummer came from The Tubes and the bass player played with Todd in Utopia.

So they have a decent group of guys to start that engine up once again. And can I tell you? The New Cars purred like a kitten…with the growl of a tiger.

They rocked and sounded fantastic! I was a little worried about them having a new singer, but Todd did a great job singing Ric’s songs and didn’t change anything about the old music at all.

They played at a casino, so it wasn’t a gigantic group of people, but it was a good-sized crowd. My sister and I went and we had tickets on the second row. But a lot of seats were empty so as soon as the lights went down, we moved to the front.

They came out with Hello Again, which I thought was a very appropriate choice to open with. And then went screaming into Let’s Go.

The cool thing about seeing an older band is that you know every song. Although they do have a new CD out and their new songs are in the similar style as the others. They also did a few from Todd’s catalog as well. It was a win-win situation.

They had nothing to prove and obviously were in it for the fun, which made things run very smoothly. They really seemed to be relaxed and enjoying themselves. And that's what it's all about, right?

But the weird thing was that in this casino pavilion there were several security guards standing by to make sure the crowd was kept in order, which meant everyone had to stay in their seats…do not rush the stage…do not get up and not collect $200. What the hell??

It was like a lost scene from Footloose with everyone tapping their feet and bobbing their heads, but not allowed to express any emotion at all. Well, that, and the fact that Kevin Bacon slid down the aisle on his knees and got carted off by the cops. (Okay, that was a lie.)

I thought for sure I was going to get hauled off when I flew out of my chair as soon as Candy-O started up. I love that song. But when I caught the sit-the-hell-down looks of everyone around me, I complied and looked around waiting for someone to swoop down on me and slap on the cuffs.

Being a former military cop, I understand the concept of good order and discipline, but that was ridiculous.

About halfway through the show I went out for a drink and by the time I got back there was a small group of people standing in front of the stage. My sister told me it was finally allowed for whatever reason. Maybe somebody bitched. Either way, once the crowd gathered Todd told everyone, “it’s about frickin’ time!!”

So, now it was okay to get out of your chair….didn’t have to tell me twice. We were in front of that stage in 2 seconds.

I couldn't believe I was 2 feet away from Elliot Easton while he played songs like Just What I Needed and Good Times Roll. I was amazed and in the 12th grade all over again.

I loved The Cars all through High School and beyond, so I completely enjoyed their show and the ride they gave me sent me right back to 1984.

Next on the agenda of older bands: A Led Zeppelin Tribute band called Zoso at the end of this month - time to swing the fake hammer of the gods. The middle of next month will be The Steve Miller Band. I'm preparing to fly like an eagle even as I type. And also at the end of next month will be the The Police. Looking forward to all of them and will be sure to tell you all about it.


Blogger mindy said...

i love the cars!! tonight she comes and just what i needed are some of my all time fav's.. that's so cool you saw them.. but, i can't imagine having to sit! thank goodness they let you get up eventually!

8:15 PM, May 17, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

I know - that was insane!!! I couldn't get over it. But yea, thank God...and we moved, right up to the stage that was awesome. they played all of their hits. it was unbelievable. you should see them if you can.

8:26 PM, May 17, 2007  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Great recap! I love The Cars too, but am having trouble without Ric. Todd is an excellent choice, but only real musicheads are going to appreciate the fact, kind of like how great it is for Jeff Scott Soto and Journey. Of course, in both cases, most people don't care who's singing, so long as the songs keep a' comin'. I can't believe that whole Mexican standoff between security and the crowd. Yeesh. Big Brother is watching, but not in the right fashion.

4:07 AM, May 18, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

Ray, I thought of the Journey thing too, and Jeff is a great singer but doesn't sound like Steve at all. Todd actually sounds like Ric. I don't know how, but I closed my eyes just to see and I could hardly tell the difference. So, I don't care...and he's a cool, laid back guy. Like I said, to me the Cars were all about the guitars and keyboards...and those are the originals. They sounded sooo good. Moving in Stereo was awesome. (you woulda had visions of Pheobe Cates in no time) :)

4:34 AM, May 18, 2007  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

Damn, you are living large!

2:15 PM, May 18, 2007  
Blogger JohnB said...

Wow...these posts are bringing me back to those years of the bittersweet...and it just so happens you are describing the sweet.

11:04 PM, May 18, 2007  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Well, as long as you enjoyed yourself, that's the main thing. I've had too many bad experiences at concerts to appreciate them (unless I'm the one playing).

Be that as it may, it's good to see the geezer parade, especially since it happens to go through your neck of the woods.

11:18 PM, May 19, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

Enemy: I don't know if I'd say that...maybe living Medium??

John: Glad I didn't bring back the bitter parts for you.

X: the geezer parade. LOL. I'd love to see you play, and I swear I wouldn't scream "Freebird" right in the middle of everything. ;)

3:36 PM, May 22, 2007  
Blogger David Amulet said...

Old Cars > New Cars.

-- david

5:49 PM, May 24, 2007  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

No way, Todd Rundgren!

12:41 PM, May 25, 2007  
Blogger The Phoenix said...

I had no idea there was a new version of The Cars. Hard to imagine them without that weirdo Ric singing.

10:11 AM, May 30, 2007  
Blogger On My Watch said...

David - yes,it was like being in Jay Leno's garage.

Enemy - yes, Todd! he was great.

Phoenix - I thought the same thing, but they were great and he sounds a lot like him. Supposedly, Ric declined the invite because he didn't feel right about playing without Benjamin Orr. So, he had his chance. Let the others start their engines! :)

3:32 AM, June 01, 2007  

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