From the Boston Herald’s Brett Milano,

After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that the Cars are prepping for a tour next summer. But it won™t include Ric Ocasek, Cars founder, co-lead singer and main songwriter. His place will be taken by veteran rocker Todd Rundgren.

Only two genuine Cars, guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes, are involved in the reunion, which will be billed as the New Cars. (Original Cars singer/bassist Ben Orr died in 2000; drummer David Robinson has retired).

Rounding out the new lineup are two of Rundgren™s longtime collaborators: Singer/bassist Kasim Sulton and ex-Tubes drummer Prairie Prince.

(the Old Cars)

The above link comes courtesy of a distraught Kevin T. who asks “what the fuck, wouldn’t this be like seeing CCR only with Kenny Rogers instead of Fohn Fogerty?”, though presumably not as bad as seeing CCR with Eliot Easton.

Though Kevin’s point is well taken, this strikes me as more akin to seeing a Fuck Ups reunion with Benny Mardones taking over for Bob Noxious.

While we’re on the subject, if anyone would like to write in with a review of any recent ELO II performances, please, don’t bother.