In other words:

Speculating on how Benjamin would have reacted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction: “Ben would be overjoyed. He’s from Cleveland. Ben has been sort of a legend in Cleveland since he was a teenager. The town would go crazy if he were still alive and made a comeback appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” — David Robinson, Rolling Stone magazine, December 13, 2017

Benjamin Orr and David Robinson, 2000



4 thoughts on “In other words:

  1. Good Lord,the thought just made my heart leap.Hes alive on the other side,i can almost guarantee that.I know hed be elated.There would be a rush for the stage ,& total kaos!Lol.But im just happy as can be that the guys finally got their recognition they so deserve.Im certain he knows,all things good.We will all meet again one fine day!Love to all of you that are fans,& happy for those getting to attend.Rock on David,Greg,Elliot,& Ric

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  2. This is a terrific blog! Happy to have found it.

    I was at the RRHOF induction ceremony a couple of weeks ago, and my main reason for going was actually to see Bon Jovi. The tickets were a gift, as I was a big Bon Jovi fan back in the day. I knew The Cars were being inducted as well, and while I was excited to see them (I never got to see them live in their prime), I didn’t really think much of it until I was there. As soon as their video package started, I started to get choked up. It was like all of these memories I had forgotten came flooding back in one huge blast. Hearing all the songs again reminded me of how much I loved this band and how many great tunes they had. Seeing pictures of Ben reminded me of how much I LOVED him and used to get mad that he didn’t get bigger parts in the videos! By the time they got to their speeches, my eyes were filled with tears. I never expected such an emotional response. I guess I just was mad at myself that, for some reason, at some point, I stopped listening to this music and never bothered to follow Ben’s career/life after The Cars broke up. (For that, I will blame the lack of Google and YouTube.) It was also just kind of bittersweet to see them get in without Ben. And when everyone mentioned how thrilled he would’ve been to get this honor, I started to feel angry at the people who DO get to be there and don’t care (I’m looking at you, Mark Knopfler), because this wonderful, talented man who would’ve appreciated it couldn’t be there.

    I do remember when the news broke that Ben died, which really upset me. But after that it’s like I just put all of my Cars/Ben memories in a box and stuffed them away in an attic somewhere. I don’t know how that happened, but it made me feel sad as I was standing there listening to them speak and hearing them play. Oddly enough, I remembered every word to every song, so while the music may not have been top of mind, it was still in me somewhere. I’ve been obsessed since then, and I’ve literally listened to nothing but The Cars for the past two weeks. I was so happy to hear about Ben’s biography, and just pre-ordered it the other night! I can’t wait to read more about my old crush, who, if I could do it all over again, would definitely rank above John Taylor and Richie Sambora. He was clearly much more handsome and talented, not to mention sweet as pie. What was my teenage self thinking?? 🙂

    One last thing – I found an upload of “Stay the Night” on YouTube that is really good quality. I didn’t see as many comments on it as I did on the other versions that are posted, so I thought maybe you’d like to share the link with your readers –

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    1. Hi becky219! I’m so glad you found me and my obsession. Haha! I love your story. Isn’t it amazing how Benjamin just takes hold of a person? I was at the Rock Hall, too, and my emotions of the night were sky high. Thank you for sending that link — it is super. I will definitely share it on FB and Twitter. I appreciate your comments so much and am looking forward to getting to know you better!


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