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Those rumors about a Cars reunion? They might be true, and then again, they might not be. Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes was coy when we asked if he and frontman Ric Ocasek, guitarist Elliot Easton, and drummer David Robinson are about to "Let the Good Times Roll" again. (Bassist Ben Orr died in 200.) "I hate to be vague, but I really can't say," said Hawkes, even as he acknowledged that a recent picture of the band rehearsing was posted last week on Facebook. "It's a crazy world," said Hawkes. The Cars released their last LP in 1987 ("Door to Door") and broke up a year later. Since then, Ocasek has had success as a producer; Easton has worked as a hired gun, playing with the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revisited; Robinson runs an art gallery in Rockport; and Hawkes plays occasional ukulele shows, the next one being July 29 at Club Passim. (Easton, Hawkes, and Robinson also teamed with Todd Rundgren on The New Cars a few years back, but that seems to be in the rearview mirror now.)

     

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