The Cars North American Tour Spring 2011
|Tour by The Cars|
|Associated album||Move Like This|
|Start date||May 10, 2011|
|End date||May 26, 2011|
|No. of shows||11|
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. Announced in April 2011 prior to the release of the band's album Move Like This, the concerts feature material from Move Like This and from the band's 1970s and 1980s albums. Singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek, keyboardist Greg Hawkes, guitarist Elliot Easton and drummer David Robinson perform as a quartet; original Cars singer and bassist Benjamin Orr died in 2000. Orr's bass parts are performed by Hawkes on keyboard and bass; the vocals on songs originally sung by Orr ("Just What I Needed", "Let's Go" and "Moving in Stereo") are performed by Ocasek.
|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|
|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: 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. 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.
- Ric Ocasek – lead vocals, guitar
- Elliot Easton – guitars, background vocals
- Greg Hawkes – keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals
- David Robinson – drums, background vocals
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- Harrington, Jim (May 14, 2011). "Review: The Cars at the Fox in Oakland". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved February 18, 2012.