Fans of revered New Wave rockers The Cars are abuzz about a possible reunion — the first since 1987 swan song Door to Door — after a new photo of the band’s surviving members playing together in an unnamed recording studio was posted without explanation on the group’s Facebook page.
The photo, posted July 13 and seen above, shows Ric Ocasek on guitar and sitting in front of a laptop, Elliot Easton on guitar, David Robinson — long retired from music — back on drums and keyboardist Greg Hawkes on bass, filling in for original singer/bassist Benjamin Orr, who sang many of the band’s biggest hits (including “Just What I Needed” and “Moving in Stereo”) and died of pancreatic cancer in 2000.
Hawkes last week confirmed to Boston Globe that the photo was taken at a recent rehearsal, but declined to elaborate: “I hate to be vague, but I really can’t say. It’s a crazy world.” As the Boston Herald notes: “There’s no word on whether they’re recording new Cars music, an Ocasek solo album or just messing around.”
The mystery deepened last Thursday, when this photo of an unknown person in a recording studio was posted, again without any explanation, on the Cars’ Facebook page.
The original members of the Cars haven’t played together since 1987, and a decade later, Ocasek was adamant a reunion wouldn’t happen: “I’m saying never, and you can count on that,” he reportedly told the now-defunct Cincinnati Post in 1997. In 2005, apparently with Ocasek’s blessing, Easton and Hawkes formed a spinoff called The New Cars with Todd Rundgren and toured for a couple years playing old Cars songs and new material.