The Cars North American Tour Spring 2011

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North American Tour Spring 2011
Tour by The Cars
LocationNorth America
Associated albumMove Like This
Start dateMay 10, 2011
End dateMay 26, 2011
No. of shows11

The Cars North American Tour Spring 2011 is a set of eleven concerts in the United States and Canada featuring the newly reunited American band The Cars.[1] Announced in April 2011 prior to the release of the band's album Move Like This,[2] the concerts feature material from Move Like This and from the band's 1970s and 1980s albums.[3]

Singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, guitarist Elliot Easton and drummer David Robinson performed as a quartet, as original Cars singer and bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000.[4] Orr's bass parts were performed by Hawkes on keyboard and bass, while the vocals on songs originally sung by Orr ("Just What I Needed", "Let's Go" and "Moving in Stereo") were performed by Ocasek.[3] As Ocasek died on September 15, 2019, this is the final tour from the band.

Tour dates[edit]

Date[1] City Country Venue
May 10, 2011 Seattle United States Showbox SoDo
May 12, 2011 Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium
May 13, 2011 Oakland Fox Theater
May 15, 2011 Denver Fillmore
May 17, 2011 Minneapolis First Avenue
May 18, 2011 Chicago Riviera Theatre
May 20, 2011 Toronto Canada Sound Academy
May 22, 2011 Philadelphia United States Electric Factory[5]
May 23, 2011 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
May 25, 2011 New York City Roseland Ballroom
May 26, 2011 Boston House of Blues


The performances and set lists were met with mixed reviews: The Hollywood Reporter reviewer Erik Pedersen found Move Like This to be a "surprisingly good" album but described the Hollywood Palladium show as "icy" and unenthusiastic.[3] San Jose Mercury News reviewer Jim Harrington described the band's performance at Oakland's Fox Theater as "incredibly flat and dispassionate", but praised the band's "solid" musicianship.[6]

Band members[edit]


  1. ^ a b Adams, Gregory (April 1, 2011). "The Cars Announce North American Tour, Play Toronto". Exclaim!. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  2. ^ Blau, Max (April 4, 2011). "The Cars Announce North American Tour". Paste. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Pedersen, Erik (May 13, 2011). "The Cars at Hollywood Palladium: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Hyden, Steven (May 13, 2011). "Ric Ocasek interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "Concert and club listings". The Philadelphia Inquirer. May 20, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Harrington, Jim (May 14, 2011). "Review: The Cars at the Fox in Oakland". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 18, 2012.

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