Looking forward to another year of joy and happiness (along with heartache and unrelenting angst) spending time, and very likely learning more. Benjamin Orr and The Cars and realized just what an incredibly strong, courageous statement this final interview makes by Benjamin. Thank you Donna for this post. If that’s the case, it is reasonable to assume that he flew out of Atlanta late on the 23rd and arrived on the 24th, allowing time to rest and prepare for their gig. Various other media outlets also picked up that information and it has been widely circulated – and relied upon by Ben/Cars’ fans – ever since. Change ), "All of my life my dreams run wild; now I stand alone in this river of fire... Days of despair and nights of desire; I wait for you in this river of fire.". “He had the look, and he had the attitude. Orr had reunited with his former Cars bandmates -- Ocasek, Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson -- this past summer for an interview to be included. The Cars and Bob Seger: Yay for Snowstorms! There are some obvious edits to the footage which leave you hanging a bit, most notably at 33:26, when I wish we could hear more of Ben’s thoughts on the duality of his life as a rock star vs. a regular guy. “I think they all stepped back and said ‘This is crazy. ( Log Out / Jeff Carlisi, Ben’s Big People band mate, was there at Ben’s request. ❤, 20 years already! Tributes to Benjamin Orr and cards to friends and family will be accepted by Crossover Entertainment Group, 2020 Howell Mill Road, Suite C, Atlanta, GA, 30318. Ex-Grasshoppers Dante Rossi and John Matuska also testified to the way Orr affected them. © Copyright 2020 Rolling Stone, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media, LLC. Still, the men fell back into step and determined to keep things light and positive. You are so right , his incredible spirit shines through and I find he is so beautiful as his courage is such an incredible thing to witness. One fan left a comment on YouTube sharing that she listened to the interview with earbuds while doing chores and she was better able to focus on the content of the discussion. Well-known Boston writer Brett Milano moderated the event. I know this can be really, really hard to watch, as Benjamin is so physically altered, but I wanted to honor this important event in his history and in the history of The Cars. ~Alexandria , Thank you dear Donna for this. Thank you Donna for this nudge! Their interplay seems very much the way it always used to be, with Ric doing the lion’s share of the talking and Elliot right behind. He went on doing what he loved until he no longer could and I feel he did this interview to be with his former band brothers and also to leave something behind for all his fans and I feel if he had the strength to do this, well, then I have no excuse but to honour Benjamin by watching this and I did. It was a special feature on a DVD called. As I have spent this year learning everything possible about Ben and The Cars and Ben after the cars, I feel like I have all the information I need to know the details of what they reminisced about. But let me also encourage you. He wanted things to continue on as normally as possible, until they couldn’t anymore. Benjamin Orzechowski (known as Ben Orr) played in numerous bands before finding fame in the late Seventies and Eighties with the Cars. I love imagining about that. Ben was strong right up to the end. I saw how lovely his smile remained and how he summoned his charisma, his wit, his modesty moved me and to hear about how he felt about fame. been playing with his new band, Big People, right up until late September, including a final show in Alaska on September 27. Orr was born Ben Orzechowski in Lakewood and went to Valley Forge High School in Parma. TikTok Is Becoming a Vector of Election Violence Rumors, Kyle MacLachlan Joins — and Wins — Fleetwood Mac ‘Dreams’ Challenge, Here’s Where Things Stand in the 5 States That Will Pick the President, Lil Pump Joins Trump Onstage After Being Introduced as ‘Little Pimp’, Eddie Vedder Discusses ‘Dark’ Times After Chris Cornell’s Death With Howard Stern, Tracy Chapman Makes Rare TV Appearance With Performance of ‘Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution’, Friends and Bandmates Pay Tribute to Ben Orr. I treasure them. He said, 'If I fall down one day and can't get up, you'll know its over.". The guys cover some varied ground in the nearly 50 minutes of discussion. Actually that whole comment that he made about that subject said a lot about him. I hope you can embrace it, too. He was 53. Send us a tip using our anonymous form. I have not listened to Door to Door since last August in order to save a few songs for now. This reunion was the first time the members of The Cars had assembled in over a decade. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame hosts memorial service for Cars bassist. They laugh over cover songs they used to do and share what they are most proud of when they look back at their time with The Cars. A side note about Ben’s final performance: I learned this past winter that there was a discrepancy over the date of the last show Ben performed. Orr also released a solo album in 1986 called "The Lace. Benjamin Orr and The Cars, everyone went out to dinner together the night before the interview and spent time reconnecting. ©2020 Viacom International Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. But I would like to say to fans , please watch the interview if you can ❤ ~ Joe and Donna. Joe Milliken and I wrote this clarification for the Let’s Go! I’m not sure of the exact date, but this week marks the 20th anniversary of The Cars’ final interview. Another awesome comment! I do feel the same way about this interview and Benjamin. When you were around him, you couldn’t help but feel good.”. He also added that Big People did play one more show on September 27, however, it was in Texas and Ben was not there. ❤. His Big People bandmates, Jeff Carlisi (formerly of .38 Special), Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), and Rob Wilson, along with Orr's manager, Billy Johnson, and Orr's fiancee, Julie Snider, were with him in Atlanta when he died. :O I’ve only known The Cars for ten years, well ‘officially’ since I had heard and seen them around before, but you know what I mean – my brothers and I ‘got into them’ in 2010. Unfortunately, it recently came to our attention that this information is not accurate. The Rock Hall was an appropriate locale for the tribute, as Orr, who was fifty-three when he passed away, started his musical career in Cleveland in the mid-Sixties, when he played with the Grasshoppers. This may not have been the best album, and knowing there was extreme difficulty between Ben & Ric gives it a bitter taste. They talk about that European experience in 1978, go through the band’s history and early days, and reminisce on owning their own studio. In honor of my Anniversary, I am going to re-read your blog starting from the beginning as I know I missed some things along the way. I mentioned that this interview was included on The Cars Live. He didn’t hide in the shadows. At a gathering at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Nov. 10, about 150 friends and relatives came together to remember him. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Benjamin Orr wasn’t my very first Rock ‘n’ Roll crush. Orr, who … If he would’ve lived he would’ve been a silver fox for sure. David and Greg add their funny quips and Ben is largely silent, just like the old days. Ben was what I call a feel-good person. Now that I’m older and have interacted with a lot of people, I can see what a rare thing that is. on a new DVD documentary, "The Cars Live," scheduled for release through Rhino Home Video on November 1. Orr, who died Oct. 3 of pancreatic cancer, never forgot his old bandmates, and they never forgot him. MTV AND ALL RELATED TITLES AND LOGOS ARE TRADEMARKS OF VIACOM INTERNATIONAL INC, UPDATE: The Cars' Benjamin Orr Dead At 53. “Ben, I wanted you to stay the night but that wasn’t God’s plan.”. Sign up for our newsletter. Although David, Greg, Ric, and Elliot were all aware that Ben was sick before they arrived, each of them has since expressed that they were taken off guard when they first saw him, having to face the finality of the devastating progression of his illness. Although we surely want to bring this correct information to light, we are also distressed, as pieces of the narrative in “Let’s Go!” relied upon the previously circulated news information, along with individual interviews, to describe Ben’s last days, including anchoring the date of his final interview with The Cars. Ben’s illness does cast a pall, though, as you can see that he is very frail and tired. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Do you think he got too emotional , or did he say something that was deemed controversial? According to Orr's manager, another event is being planned to take place in Orr's hometown of Cleveland. But these songs are Ben’s last gift to the Cars era. “When I think of Ben and all that he meant to me, language is just inadequate,” she said. Diane Akins, a Clevelander who was branch president of the Grasshoppers fan club, first met Orr at a concert in 1964 when the group was opening for the Beach Boys. Though his body is ravaged, the strength of his incredible spirit shines beautifully in this final interview. Happy anniversary to you! He didn’t want special treatment, he didn’t complain, he never faltered. BTW for some reason my computer does not let me add a like to your blog post but you know I always like and support your dedicated work. ", A management spokesperson for Ocasek spoke on behalf of the singer-guitarist, telling MTV News, "He's very devastated by the loss of a close friend.". Wow! I remember having difficulties watching this final interview and broke down as I have seen that same sort of look on loved ones battling cancer and it broke my heart. When I see photos of this interview my mind always goes back to what Joe tells in the book. We want to hear from you! Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Cars keyboardist Greg Hawke recalled meeting Orr in 1973 when Orr and Cars singer/guitarist Ric Ocasek were recording their first album as Milkwood (Hawke played keyboards on the band’s debut).