“I saw Ben at the Paradise last year. His band was really good. I thought he looked the best he’d looked in years, and he was still hitting all those high notes.” — Carter Alan, former WZLX-FM Program Director, Boston Globe, October 5, 2000
“One night at a Voices show in Greensboro, North Carolina, Ben walked through the hotel lobby and bellied up to the bar. He sat down beside the Starship boys and ordered a round of tequila. It was like he was always there, like he belonged. He just fit right in. And he brought all that talent of his with him, too. The cool, the class, the big hits, and the voice. He was so great on stage. Every time.
“But I could never talk him into coming out on the golf course with us. And I tried hard. I know he would have liked hitting the ball. He was a pretty good athlete. And I know he liked hanging out with all the guys. I think he just couldn’t get used to the clothes, especially in Hawaii. You know, it’s all those khaki shorts and stuff. Not enough black leather. Maybe it would have been different if the golf cars had Harley Davidson logos painted on them!” — John Cafferty, Voices of Classic Rock, 1999 (retrieved from the “Benjamin Orr Remembered” Facebook group; used with permission)
What was the discussion in moving forward without Benjamin? “In a nutshell, we felt as though we couldn’t replace Ben, so we wouldn’t even try, and we would just come up with technological solutions to the huge gap that his… absence leaves in the band… That’s just not The Cars, you know; that’s just not us.” — Elliot Easton, interview with Slacker Radio at Lollapalooza, 2011
On remastering the Cars’ catalog: “The technology of recording… and the way people approach bass these days… is so different than it was in the 80s… didn’t have the finite things that some of the new technology has, so I was practically shocked by how much more clarity and bass… On all these albums I was like, ‘I can’t believe how good Ben’s playing the bass.’ It’s like, you can hear every bass thing going on. And that was… to me like… a whole new force, so remastering was a really good idea.” — Ric Ocasek, August 17, 2017
On recording Move Like This without Benjamin: “…Over the years we’ve missed him and in a way we reflect on how good he was now more than ever. If he was here to contribute something now, it would be fantastic. Yeah, even every few years, I have to sort of look at videos of what he’s doing and how good he is, listen to the old songs. But for me, listening to the old songs that we are thinking about doing on stage makes me appreciate his voice.” –David Robinson interview, May 5, 2011, consequenceofsound.net
Regarding the band’s reunion for Move Like This: “I was aware that on half of the new songs, Ben would have done better than I did, but we never wanted anybody from the outside.” — Ric Ocasek, Rolling Stone, March 2011
Regarding the recording of Move Like This: “It was hard not having Ben around. There were many, many times when we all missed him. I remember when we used to do background vocals, for instance – and it was usually Ben, Greg and myself standing around a mic – so during those times on this record when we did background parts, it felt very strange not to have Ben there. There are so many other things, too – his sense of humor, his bass playing… He was just a great guy. Everything about him, everything he did…it was all missed.” — Elliot Easton, musicradar.com, April 18, 2011