Groundbreakers. Innovators. Legends.
The New Cars and Blondie

Advance tickets on sale now through Blondie.net
Free, Full Digital Album from eMusic With Every Ticket Purchased Online through VH1classic.com or Ticketmaster.com

News release: 14 March 2006

Los Angeles, CA (March 14, 2006) - Seventeen years after the last tour by The Cars – one of the most successful and influential bands of the late '70s/early '80s "New Wave" era – two of its seminal members have customized a modern model that's ready to hit the road this spring in the form of The New Cars. Joining The Cars' original guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes for Road Rage Tour 2006 Presented by VH1 Classic, will be an all-star group of rockers: vocalist/guitarist Todd Rundgren, fellow Utopia bassist/vocalist Kasim Sulton and former Tubes drummer Prairie Prince.

Newly inducted Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Blondie will ride shotgun with The New Cars, performing classics from their new Greatest Hits- Sound & Vision album (Capitol/EMI) which includes the new hit "Rapture Riders," a mash-up of Blondie's "Rapture" and The Doors' "Riders on the Storm." The Los Angeles Times calls it "one of the best mash-ups ever produced." Other classics on the new CD include "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," "The Tide is High" and "Sunday Girl."

For the first time ever, a full album download will be offered free with online ticket purchases, a promotion made possible by eMusic, the world's largest retailer of independent music. "Blondie and The Cars broke new ground as they defined the sound of rock 'n roll in the 80s," said David Pakman, eMusic President and CEO. "eMusic and its customers share the same pioneering spirit, and as the #2 digital music service in the world, we're proud to partner with The New Cars and Blondie to be the first to offer fans an exclusive digital album with their concert ticket."

The tour promises to be one of the biggest musical events of the year. "It's very rare to have as many hits as these bands have combined in one show," said Allen Kovac, CEO of 10th Street Entertainment, the management and marketing company for the bands and tour.

"This will prove to be an historic double-bill with Blondie fresh off of their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The New Cars performing together for the first time," said Eric Sherman, Senior Vice President, General Manager, VH1 Classic. "VH1 Classic has kept music fans in tune with their favorite acts by presenting dozens of tours over the last few years. We are proud to support this stellar line-up that will deliver their classic hits as well as anticipated new songs all summer long."

"Audiences know these songs and want to re-experience them in a live context," says Todd Rundgren, "as The New Cars we want to pay homage to The Cars and know that the best-known songs are the essential core, what we're hanging our hats on." While concertgoers can certainly expect to hear all of The Cars' biggest hits, the band says they can also look forward to Rundgren's own signature tunes along with several new songs the band recently recorded.

With bands like Fountains of Wayne, the Vines, the Killers, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand and others carrying on The Cars sound, Keyboardist Greg Hawkes notes that "The Cars' music has aged very well, Todd, Kasim and Prairie are very dynamic performers, and we are all very passionate about recreating the songs and sound that people love."

A greatest hits collection performed by The New Cars, The New Cars: It's Alive, will be released May 9 on Eleven Seven Music in association with ADA, a Warner Music Group Company. The new release will include classic Cars songs recorded live plus never-before-released studio tracks.

With each ticket purchased through VH1classic.com or Ticketmaster.com, concertgoers will receive a confirmation e-mail with a code to redeem a free download of the complete digital event album from eMusic.com: five songs performed by The New Cars (four classic songs of The Cars, recorded live and the newly penned studio track "Not Tonight") and five songs performed by Blondie (four previously unreleased live tracks and one new studio cover of "More Than This"). The confirmation email will include a link that takes ticket buyers to http://blondienewcars.emusic.com, where they will enter the code and their email address. After supplying this information, ticket buyers will be prompted to download the album and will also have the opportunity to sign up for a free eMusic trial.

All New Cars ticket purchases through Ticketmaster include a complimentary 1-year Easy Rider membership, the base level of the New Cars' official fan club, which enables them to access The New Cars Web site, email updates and The New Cars Message Board. All New Cars fans have the option of buying special VIP packages during presale and general on-sale periods through Ticketmaster (or via the Web site www.thenewcars.com for non-Ticketmaster venues). These VIP packages offer a range of benefits including amazing seats, a pre-show party, backstage access, and meet & greets with The NewCars! All VIP packages include a $20 electronic gift card to The New Cars Store, and an exclusive "Express Lane" upgraded fan club membership ($20 value). Fans can join The New Cars fan clubs without purchasing tickets, by visiting www.thenewcars.com

Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 18th. Advance tickets are available now at www.blondie.net

VH1 Classic Presents: The New Cars and Blondie - Road Rage Tour 2006

Fri. May 12 Robinsonville MS Grand Casino Tunica Event Center
Sat. May 13 Grand Prairie TX Nokia Theatre
Wed. May 17 Phoenix AZ Dodge Theatre
Fri. May 19 Las Vegas, NV Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts
Sat. May 20 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre
Tue. May 23 Alpine CA Viejas Casino
Thu. May 25 Saratoga CA The Mountain Winery
Fri. May 26 Reno NV Reno Events Center Downtown
Sat. May 27 Kelseyville CA Konocti Field Amphitheater
Tue. May 30 Englewood CO Coors Amphitheatre
Thu. June 1 Hinckley MN Grand Casino Amphitheatre
Sat. June 3 Highland Park IL Ravinia Pavilion (excluded from digital album promotion)
Sat. June 4 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center
Tue. June 6 Vienna VA Filene Center (Tickets on sale April 1) (excluded from digital album promotion)
Wed. June 7 Boston MA Bank of America Pavilion
Fri. June 9 Wantagh NY Jones Beach Music Theater
Sat. June 10 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Tue. June 13 Orlando FL Hard Rock Live (Universal Studios)
Wed. June 14 Clearwater FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Thu. June 15 Hollywood FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Sat. June 17 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheater (pre-sale March 14 ; general on sale March 25)
Sun. June 18 North Charleston SC Oyster Shell & North Charleston Coliseum
Wed. June 21 Toronto ON Molson Amphitheatre
Fri. June 23 Montreal QC Bell Centre
Sat. June 24 Atlantic City NJ The Borgata Event Center
Sun. June 25 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Casino & Resort
Fri. June 30 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sat. July 1 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

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For more information about The New Cars go to www.TheNewCars.com or www.MySpace.com/TheNewCars


For more information about Blondie go to www.Blondie.net or www.MySpace.com/Blondie

About 10th Street Entertainment

Founded by CEO Allen Kovac, Tenth Street Entertainment is one of the music industry's leading management companies with an impressive roster of multi-platinum artists including Blondie, Hanson, Motley Crue, Everclear, Buckcherry, Yes, and The New Cars. Staffed with experienced music industry professionals and working out of offices in NY, Los Angeles and London, Tenth Street Entertainment provides a full-service marketing partnership to its artists on a global basis. Using sophisticated market research and communications disciplines, Tenth Street Entertainment's campaigns have been widely recognized by the industry as groundbreaking, producing top tours and top-selling albums worldwide. Learn more at www.10thst.com

About eMusic

eMusic (http://www.emusic.com) stands alone as the only digital music service that is 100% focused on serving the needs of independent music fans and independent labels. Delivering more than 5 million downloads each month; eMusic is among the top digital music services, offering a diverse catalogue of 1,000,000 tracks from established and emerging artists in every genre from the world's top independent labels. eMusic was not only the first service to sell songs and albums in the popular MP3 format, it was the first company to launch a digital music subscription service. Unlike other services that severely restrict portability, eMusic allows members complete flexibility to burn CDs, transfer to MP3 devices and make multiple copies for personal use. eMusic also offers access to exclusive recordings from eMusicLive's network of premier music venues across the country. Based in New York, eMusic is wholly owned by Dimensional Associates, Inc., the private equity arm of JDS Capital Management,Inc.

NOTE: eMusic is a registered trademark and eMusic.com is a trademark of eMusic.com Inc.

About VH1 Classic

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that presents music videos, concerts and music specials featuring classic rock, soul and pop artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Featured artists include The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more. Learn more at www.vh1classic.com

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