Ep. 453 – The Cars @ The Palladium – Hollywood,CA – 05/12/11

Poppinoff May 23rd, 2011 | By
Category: Los Angeles, Palladium, The, The Cars, Video Concert Reviews

I was beyond excited about this show! In 2006, I saw The New Cars, which was fronted by Todd Rundgren and performed The Cars classic hits, and from that point on I dreamed to see the actual Cars.

Ric Ocasek said several years ago that The Cars would never tour again. I figured that since the The New Cars was so sick, The Cars had to be twice as good. When I found out that The Cars were actually going to tour again, and they were playing LA of all places, I couldn’t believe it!

When I arrived at the Palladium there was still a long line to get in. Despite all the people outside the Palladium, something just didn’t seem right. I walked into the Palladium as The Cars began to play “Good Times Roll.” I instantly began rocking out and made my way to the floor. When I reached the floor I was be bewildered once again. No one was dancing or singing along. The crowd was dead and The Cars didn’t seem to be putting out any energy at all.

It was also very difficult to hear the vocals of Ric Ocasek as all of the instruments drowned him out throughout the show. I thought it might have just been that Ric lost his voice and couldn’t bust out The Cars hits anymore. I spent most of the show trying to find a place that I would be able to actually hear what he was singing. I found a few select spots where I could sort of make it out.

Out of every show I have been to at The Palladium, this one had the worst sound by far.

The Cars Setlist Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA, USA 2011

After the show, I talked with a few people that really enjoyed the show; so maybe I was the only one that didn’t have a good time.

However, in closing, I was extremely disappointed. The crowd didn’t get down as much as they should have. The sound sucked, and The Cars didn’t seem to put in very much effort to their show.
If you were at The Cars and agree with me (or completely disagree with me) make sure to comment on this post , because “When You Tell Concerts, It’s Cooler.”

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3 Comments to “Ep. 453 – The Cars @ The Palladium – Hollywood,CA – 05/12/11”

  1. Chip says:

    I was at this show. I lined up way early so I could get right in front of the stage. I'm glad I did. Most of the people there were pretty old and had to stand around for hours just for the show to start. Old people and GENERAL ADMISSION is a pretty bad combo. The sound up front-center was killer and the band sounded good. Ric used a teleprompter for the vocals and forgot a couple lyrics- no big deal. It was a pretty DRY performance (to be expected from this line-up), but it really looked and sounded GREAT right in front of the stage and it was a treat to see these new wave legends for 80-some minutes. Even if they sucked (which they didn't), it would have been worth going. I started to leave during the last song they used for the Circuit City ad (in my opinion, a perfect "exit the venue" song) . And once I got out of my prime spot, the sound was absolutely horrible- from the sides to the back to the lobby, so I can understand the issues people were having in enjoying the show. I saw the NEW CARS three times and they were TONS better in concert in all areas- SOUND, CROWD and OVERALL PERFORMANCE. No comparison there whatsoever. Still, this was one of the better shows I've seen….. at least this year.

  2. @YTC_mofo says:

    Great recap Chip! Thanks for sharing! If you end up hitting any shows in the near future and feel like sending reviews our way we would be more then glad to post them! – lorn (lorn(at)youtellconcerts.com)

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