The Cars Won't Replace The Late Benjamin Orr

(Gibson) This week, The Cars released their first new studio album since 1987. Move Like This features a reunion of the original members of the new wave band (Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes and David Robinson), with the exception of late bassist/vocalist Benjamin Orr, who died in 2000. Frontman Ocasek recently talked to about moving on without Orr.

"I didn't think Ben was replaceable," he said. "It just wouldn't have been us. I couldn't imagine having another member and calling it The Cars, having an outside person to do singing or bass playing. It just did not feel right."

Ocasek said that while other members can play bass when the band tours, they do miss his voice (Orr sang on "Just What I Needed" and "Let's Go" among other songs). "Greg can play bass, Elliot can play bass. We can get a bass. We can't get the voice," he said. "I'll obviously have to sing everything but I don't have any problem with that because I wrote everything anyway. I thought it would be more of a distraction. Bringing anyone in, there wouldn't be the same sense of humor, the same history. It would be like having a hired hand and I just didn't think we needed to." more on this story is an official news provider for the Day in Rock.

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