November 14 [10:00 EDT] -- Onetime Cars frontman Ric Ocasek recently released his latest solo album, and is about to kick off his first ever solo tour to back it up.
As we first reported in February, Ocasek turned to Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan for help on the album, titled "Troublizing." Corgan produced and played guitar on five tracks after meeting the former Car backstage at a club.
Ocasek also got some help from Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, Bad Religion guitarist Brian Baker, and Nada Surf drummer Ira Elliot, as well as former Cars keyboardist Greg Hawkes.
"I chose the band members because I had just recently produced all their albums, the bands that they were in," Ocasek told MTV News about the musicians on the album. "When I sat down with them individually to kind of go over their parts and everything, and I made a mental note of... I thought, 'Oh, Brian Baker would be really good if he played on some of these songs I'm going to do on this record,
and I think Melissa would be great on bass.'
So that's kind of the way it happened. I kind of looked at it like a party that I would have where you would invite people that really don't know each other, but once they got there they would become instant friends." [650k QuickTime]
Ocasek and his new instant friends will hit the road (with the exception of Corgan) this Sunday.