Hopes and Dreams for 2018

The inclusion of The Cars into the Rock Hall Class o’ 2018 has me looking forward to the next year with a crazy-different outlook.

Of course, the induction ceremony itself is the big deal… to go to Cleveland or not go to Cleveland? I’ve got a little “Mad Money” envelope in which I’ve been squirreling away my shekels in the event that travel expenses are needed, so the money isn’t the hinge… it’s approaching the subject with The Fam.

To their credit, my husband and kiddos are pretty patient with my Cars obsession, but I know there is a limit to their tolerance, and I’m not sure if me winging my way across the country for a weekend of ‘brushing my rock and roll hair’ falls within the acceptable limits of “Mom time.” Haha!

But enough about what I might be up to… what treats can we reasonably expect from The Cars in the new year? Last January we caught a teasing glimpse of 2017’s offerings from a tweet by Elliot; this month we see Ric and David dropping hope-inducing hints, and giving us some outright revelations as well.

So… without further ado… here is my list of predictions and possibilities for 2018:

  1. Rock Hall Induction (April 14): Okay, so we can count on new merch (I already ordered my RRHOF Class of 2018 t-shirt), but beyond that? Chances are great for a kick-ass musical reunion of Ric, Elliot, Greg and David on the stage! I’m also looking forward to more interviews and photographs with the band members, a heartfelt and touching tribute to Benjamin, a super-cool display of Cars memorabilia at the Rock Hall itself, great quotes from other music industry icons about how influential The Cars were/are, and the increased hype over The Cars in general.
  2. simpsons.gifDebut Album Anniversary (June 6): Right on the heels of the induction comes the 40th anniversary of that iconic debut album. I see SO much potential here for amazing stuff to come out of that vault in Ric’s basement! From a demo standpoint we may be all tapped out; we were given a generous helping of those with the 1999 deluxe edition. And it would be great if there were other original Cars songs that were recorded but didn’t make it to vinyl… Again, I know there are quite a few floating around out there so we may be out of luck. But at the top of my list of “please please please!” requests is FOOTAGE. And number one on the footage list? The Cars’ debut party! There are two clips on youtube from that June 23, 1978, show and I am aching to see the rest of it! I will say that the incredibly talented Paul McAlpine has been tweeting photos from that momentous event and I am over the MOON with happiness.
  3. Catalog Reissues: Remember how electrifying it was to wake up to the news last May that The Cars were reissuing Candy-O and Panorama? Such a thrill! Well, in his interview with Rolling Stone magazine on December 13, 2017, David assured us that the expanded editions of Shake It Up and Heartbeat City were on their way next, possibly in February of 2018. I’m so curious as to what delights will be in store for us there… new photos? Previously unreleased tracks? I can’t wait to see the “Side 4” etchings… and then David had to go and get me even more excited by saying, “There’s going to be a surprise when you see one of the album covers I’ve been working on…” Gah! Don’t DO that to me!
  4. Long shots and ‘magic lamp’ wishes: Okay, here’s where I start flinging snowballs into the underworld. Dare we hope… is it even possible? Will The Cars put out a new album in 2018? Or TOUR??? It might not be as out-of-the-realm as I once thought. When asked the question directly, Ric didn’t demur. “I don’t know. Maybe so. Maybe this will be a good reason to do it again, though I really miss Ben as part of the thing…” (Rolling Stone magazine, December 13, 2017). Holy heck! That would be incredible! Now, given their lack of enthusiasm for touring in general, I know that I’m REALLY pushing it, but could they make it all the way over to Seattle again? I would gleefully drive the seven hours necessary to park my little hiney in a seat for that!
  5. More things I’d summon the genie for: Any previously unreleased concert videos, audio recordings, or photographs… the France show in its entirety would be terrific!… other shows in Europe, a Panorama show… How about footage of their recording sessions? Or let’s go deeper into the archives and dig up stuff from Ocasek & Orr, Richard and the Rabbits, and Cap’n Swing. As you know, my appetite for the band’s history is insatiable.
  6. Other “Cars world” delights: I do have my fingers crossed for a few other things that are not part of The Cars “Official” but that would really roll my little skate just the same: I would love nothing more than to have a copy of Joe Milliken’s biography about Benjamin Orr in my hot little hands in 2018. Also, I am eager for more person-to-person meetings with members of the Fanorama (possibly in Cleveland???). I can’t wait to do some more writing for Standing Room Only — Cars-related and otherwise! On top of that, more researching, more blogging, more sunshine and rainbows… lots of fun and wonderful things to look forward to in the new year!

What do you think? How could The Cars shake it up for you in 2018? Leave a comment here or find this post on Facebook and let me know. ❤

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12 thoughts on “Hopes and Dreams for 2018

  1. I’m contemplating swinging a trip to Cleveland as well … even if it means taking the bus or train. If I do, though, I’ll need to rent a car because I will definitely want to make a pilgrimage to Ben’s gravesite as part of the trip.

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  2. If anyone is coming to Cleveland and needs info on things to do (in addition to RRHOF) or where to stay let me know I’d be happy to help as I live here. Cleveland is really becoming a fun town and I think a trip here would be one the entire family would enjoy. Happy New Year!

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      1. Your family will surely want you to get RRHOF off your bucket list! I’m sure there are things here that your family would love to do. We have Lake Erie and all that involves, swimming, jet ski, boating, fishing and aquarium. The Cleveland Indians baseball. Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Art Museum, Case Western Reserve Think Box. Cedar Point amusement park, a great zoo. I’m trying to think of something for everyone…to entice them;)

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      2. Ah, that does sound like fun! But actually… I am hoping to head to Cleveland alone… I want to be able to focus all my energies on the events and people surrounding The Cars. ❤

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  3. Throw us a bone or a treat Ric for all of your fans out here Maybe a couple of new songs,some secret or stashed recordings with Ben singing or playing in them,a few of the samples of Greg,David,&Elliots material on one side of an album.ANYTHING!We all would savagely feast on the fruits of your labors!Big smiles & A wink w/a high 5!!!Oh & thank you “Sweetpurplejune”.

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  4. Lots of bright, exciting wishes and hopes SPJ!!
    I’m sure some of those things will come to fruition.
    It should be quite a party in Ohio!
    Your family loves you enough to give their blessing. Of course, you must go! You only go round once and this moment will not pass again.
    ~~~
    “savagely feast”……love it, too!
    ~p

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