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Elliot Easton, best known for being the left-handed guitarist from The Cars, the most successful American new wave band to emerge in the late 1970’s, Elliot Easton has spent his career recording and performing for fans around the world. Elliot recently reunited with original Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes and has been touring again with The New Cars whose lineup includes Todd Rundgren on vocals, Prairie Prince on drums and Kasim Sulton on bass.
The left-handed lead guitarist for the Cars was born Elliot Shapiro (December 18, 1953; Brooklyn, NY). The Cars were active from 1977 to 1987, but Easton took a break after the best-selling Heartbeat City to record on his own in 1984. His LP Change No Change, a collaboration with vocalist Jules Shear, was released the following year, after which Easton returned to the Cars for one more album. He was back by 1993 with the Band of Angels; though the group recorded several tracks, nothing was released until a 1996 reissue of Change No Change. Easton spent time playing on projects by Nelson and Jules Shear, and has also toured with Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
- Berklee trained lead guitarist/original member of The Cars.
- Joined Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the modern touring version of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
- Released solo album, Change No Change on Elektra Records in 1985.
- Currently a member of The New Cars, along with original The Cars member Greg Hawkes and singer/songwriter Todd Rundgren.