All Remaining Dates Cancelled
Ticket Holders Directed to Point of Purchase for Refund

News release: 16 June 2006

Los Angeles, CA (June 16, 2006) - Elliot Easton, founding member and guitarist for The New Cars had surgery today for a broken left clavicle sustained during a near crash when their tour bus swerved to avoid a vehicle on Monday, June 5, while on the road for The New Cars Road Rage Tour 2006 with Blondie.

Determined to not miss any dates, Elliot continued to play. "I've been waiting 17 years for this tour," Easton told his doctor when was getting his x-rays, although, due to the severity of the break Easton required surgery.

Elliot is currently in New York under the care of Dr. Steven Yang following the procedure to repair the broken left clavicle with plate and screws as the bones are too far apart to mend properly without surgery. Without the surgery Elliot could have limited use of his left shoulder.

Said Debbie Harry of Blondie, "It was amazing that after the accident Elliot played four more shows in a brace and in constant pain. He really tried his best to keep on playing so he should be given a great deal of credit for that. We all wish him a speedy recovery."

Ticket holders should contact their point of purchase for refund information.

Now in stores, The New Cars: It's Alive, a live greatest hits compilation of classic Cars' hits with three new studio tracks performed by The New Cars (Eleven Seven Music). The New Cars are original Cars' members guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes, vocalist/guitarist Todd Rundgren, fellow Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sulton and former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince.

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"The live versions turned out to be every bit as enjoyable – and in some cases, even more so – than what's on The Cars' old studio albums… The smartest move of the night was that Rundgren didn't try to imitate Ocasek. Instead, he ran the music through his own filter – and his own enhancer – and delivered roughed-up, rocked-out versions of the familiar fan favorites." – Jim Harrington, The Oakland Tribune

"... a joyride. ... there's no shortage of chemistry amongst its players." – Erik Pedersen, The Hollywood Reporter

For more information on The New Cars go to or

[Official Blondie Web Site note: This is a press release from The New Cars public relations firm. We would like to clarify that Blondie's show in Buffalo NY, which was not scheduled to feature The New Cars, will be held and is not affected by the cancellation of the National Road Rage Tour . Unfortunately, we do not have any information regarding the possible rescheduling of any of the cancelled events.]