“I played the solo perfectly – and there was silence in the room. It was crickets. Everyone was looking down, I couldn’t believe it”: Elliot Easton on The Cars’ early years – and the guitar solo that moved him to tears of rage

Elliot Easton
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Even if you can’t remember the first time you heard The Cars – perhaps Just What I Need, My Best Friend’s Girl, Shake It Up or You Might Think – you probably remember how those songs made you feel. That’s the magic of their music; more specifically, the magic of Elliot Easton, whose slick licks and knack for pop melodies defined a generation of new wave-loving kids.

“If I recorded something and I had the feeling I could do better, I couldn't even sleep that night,” he tells Guitar World. “I’d be dying to get back to the studio to fix whatever was bugging me.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.