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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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The New Cars

Ross Boissoneau - November 23rd, 2006
What is 40% Cars, 40% Utopia and 20% the hardest hitting man in rock and
roll?
Take a look under the hood and you’ll see it’s The New Cars, featuring
original Cars Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes (guitar and keyboards,
respectively), with Todd Rundgren and Kasim Sulton channeling Ric Ocasek
and the late Ben Orr. Tubes drummer Prairie Prince, who’s also spent time
with Todd and Jefferson Starship/Airplane, keeps the motor humming.
The New Cars make their Michigan debut Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Kewadin
Casino in St. Ignace. They were scheduled to play this summer at DTE
Energy Music Theater in Clarkston on a double bill with Blondie, but just
days before the show the tour bus was involved in an accident and Easton
broke his arm.
The New Cars developed from the desire of Easton and Hawkes to return to
those thrilling days of yesteryear, when “Let’s Go” and “You Might Think”
were blasting out of radios nationwide. For those who can’t get enough of
those days, the recent release of the live DVD/CD set “Unlocked” provides
a glimpse and a listen to the band in its heyday.
Many of The Cars’ 20 Top-40 hits are represented in vintage performances,
from packed club gigs in the ‘70s to sold-out arena shows in the ‘80s,
with backstage, interview, and rehearsal footage. Former bandleader Ocasek
personally compiled and produced “Unlocked,” spending over three years
distilling hundreds of hours of footage from his personal archive. The
results show a band that worked hard, yet enjoyed itself, which wasn’t
necessarily in evidence when the band was riding high in the ‘80s. It’s a
fascinating and enjoyable ride.
But that was then, and this is now. So how do you go about resurrecting a
band that’s been on the shelf for 20 years? Easton has been quoted as
saying, “We are approaching this as if we are a brand new band, it just so
happens that we have an incredible amount of great music in the trunk to
take along for the ride.”
Not only does the band have the Cars’ body of work to lean on, but the new
band debuted three new songs on “It’s Alive,” and the group also draws on
Rundgren’s work, going all the way back to “Open My Eyes” from the Nazz,
circa 1968.
Rundgren’s voice does bring to mind a deeper version of Ocasek. And the
twin guitar attack of Rundgren and Easton is at least as powerful as that
of the Cars in its prime. But where that band was viewed right or wrong as
Ocasek’s mouthpiece, the new version is much more democratic.
But how does it sound? “It’s Alive” shows off a band that’s tight, musical
and muscular, more so than the original. Cars fans and Todd fans alike can
enjoy the music and groove on the ride.
One caveat to the Kewadin show: Sulton will be replaced by Atom Ellis, who
is guesting on several concerts, while Kaz tours with Meat Loaf, for whom
he is musical director.
For tickets ($38.50), contact the casino at www.kewadin.com.

 
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