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The Cars reunite for Blondie tour
(Left to right): Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Todd Rundgren, Kasim Sulton, Prairie Prince
The band's original name was changed to avoid misleading fans
US rock group The Cars - whose song Drive accompanied an emotive video of starving children at the original Live Aid concert - are to reform.

Former guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboard player Greg Hawkes have recruited Todd Rundgren as singer.

Rundgren has produced acts such as Hall and Oates, Meat Loaf and Patti Smith.

Renamed The New Cars, they will release an album of studio and concert tracks and will feature on Blondie's final tour, both of which take place in May.

Remaining bandmates 'supportive'

Three of the original members will be absent from the reunion.

Bass player Benjamin Orr died of cancer in 2000. Singer and guitarist Ric Ocasek and drummer David Robinson declined to take part, but both have been "actually pretty supportive," said Easton.

Todd Rundgren and Kasim Sulton performing
The group performed old and new Cars songs at a press conference

The band formed in 1977 but broke up acrimoniously after releasing their final album a decade later.

Rundgren, 57, known for songs such as I Saw The Light, said he was "intrigued" by the reunion idea.

He started playing with the band to see how well they worked together.

"Nothing went horribly during the course of that, so here we are," he added.

By calling themselves The New Cars, the band say they hope to avoid misleading fans who might otherwise believe they're seeing the original line-up.

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