Artists Pay Tribute to the Cars Frontman Ric Ocasek
Weezer, Billy Corgan, the Killers, Alice Cooper, Ice-T and more have shared memories of the late music hero
Weezer, who frequently collaborated with Ocasek and enlisted the Cars singer to produce three of their albums, were amongst the first to share their appreciation.
The weezer family is devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek, who passed away Sunday. We will miss him forever, & will forever cherish the precious times we got to work and hang out with him. Rest in Peace & rock on Ric, we love you. #RIPRicOcasek #karlscorner pic.twitter.com/JcTXevr6V8— weezer (@Weezer) September 16, 2019
A number of other artists have also chimed in with tributes on social media. See a selection of those below.
#ripricocasek We had a lot of fun making the album #FireballZone. This was one of my fav songs #TouchdownEasy. Though it was the 90's we'd not gotten the memo. It's super 80's but cool. https://t.co/ptSdrIHqBA pic.twitter.com/vGL1odM0TL— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) September 16, 2019
Feeling grateful for Ric. Had the opportunity to send him this email a couple years back. My first king. Thank you, thank you, thank you. pic.twitter.com/h4u8CXDhRg— The Killers (@thekillers) September 16, 2019
So sad. Such a great writer, singer, player, producer. My thoughts are with his family. Rest in peace. #RicOcasek— Peter Frampton (@peterframpton) September 16, 2019
Devastated to hear of the passing on this man, Ric Ocasek. It has brightened my spirit to see how many have posted about Ric, praising his originality, flair, and brilliance. I was blessed to have known him, through friendship and work (his solo album Troubilizing was one I produced). It's hard to share the measure of a man in so few words, because, despite his greatness, Ric was open and down to earth in a way that surprised me. And in that allowed our private conversations to flow and float over 100's of topics (I was mostly interested in what he loved): the Cars, of course, his children and marriage to an eastern siren whom the world (he was aware) didn't think he deserved (he did, and she him), his guitars, Andy Warhol the person and not the myth, Boston (the city), new wave, deco art, NYC living, producing Weezer, being an A + R man, why he got out of the rat race of making hit records, Mutt Lange, grunge, and on and on and on. He's opine easy and I'd listen (for a change). Such pleasurable times I didn't fully appreciate until decades later. Lastly, two things: Ric did me a great honor when he recorded a song I'd written just for him, questioning none of it except it's quirky title (I'd gone quirky as a wry tribute). And a small memory I'll share: we were in Ric's basement, where he had a small, ad hoc studio for writing. And I was asking him a 1000th question on The Cars; in this case, the sound of the keyboard solos. He pointed at a relic. 'Well, that's it' he said. 'THE keyboard', said I? It was, and ironically at that moment Greg Hawkes stopped by and he demonstrated all those great sounds! But then I went for broke. I wanted Ric to show me how to play 'Best Friend's Girlfriend'. He picked up a guitar, played it perfectly (he was an ace guitarist) and handed it over. The sound, I noted, was exact. It was the pink Fender pictured above, and I dutifully played the opening riff as he'd showed. So what was the guitar, I asked? Ric pointed at the flamingo in my hands. My jaw dropped. It was THE guitar! Love you Ric! Gonna miss you forever
Oh wow. I'm just hear this awful news.... I'm a huge CARS fan.. RIP. Ric.... https://t.co/qTWHuHlQ7S— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) September 16, 2019
Our walkout: "Since You're Gone".— The Hold Steady (@theholdsteady) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek pic.twitter.com/si1DI7HtOT
That syncopated guitar groove at the beginning of 'Good Times Roll' is something that I always slide into and my internal dialogue is always this:— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) September 16, 2019
"But isn't it too much like The Cars?"
"How could it be too much like The Cars? They rule."
"Yeah, you're right, Carl"
Ahh man, say it ain't so. I loved Ric Ocasek. What an interesting, smart, kind, funny man who made incredible records. I loved those Cars albums when I was a teenager. Perfect pop songs with those wicked elliot easton guitar solos. Absolute candy. Then he went and produced Rock For Light by the Bad Brains. As an adult I met him several times and he was gracious, funny and engaging. Ahh man. Ahh damn. Bless his soul. R.I.P. Transcend to the other side Ric. So much love and appreciation from me. You're All I Got Tonight.
RIP Ric Ocasek pic.twitter.com/SqW6BzrY3r— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) September 16, 2019
"It doesn't matter where you've been, as long as it was deep." There's a #ricocasek lyric for you.— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek. 😢— Jimmy Eat World (@jimmyeatworld) September 16, 2019
We will remember #RicOcasek for many reasons-his friendship, his artistry, but most of all for his generosity. Here was a bona fide legend, who seemed to care as much about our record as we did. Which was a huge thrill, of course. A star through and through. RIP Ric, love you x pic.twitter.com/EvNjqzHotw— The Cribs (@thecribs) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek. A very sad loss. My condolences to his family. https://t.co/0KXmMC0qEi— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) September 16, 2019
RIP Ric Ocasek. Great songwriter and singer for the Cars #RIPRicOcasek— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) September 16, 2019