On Sunday, the lead singer of the iconic rock band tragically passed away at his home in New York City at the age of 75.
After his death, fellow musicians and artists shared an outpour of love, tributes and condolences for the late singer. From No Doubt to Weezer, many people honored Ocasek, including the Killers vocalist Brandon Flowers.
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
Now, the band have covered an iconic track from the Cars to pay tribute even more to Ocasek and his contribution to music. The cover took place at the band’s show in Bethlehem, PA. They stopped in the middle of their track “All These Things That I’ve Done” to perform the song. You can see it below.
Flowers has previously spoken about his love for The Cars, as he even initiated the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.
“A couple years ago, I was asked to record a creepy cover of ‘Just What I Needed’ for a TV show,” Hoppus shares in the cover’s description. “They wanted moody and strange, dark, and drony, with space for dialogue to go over it. I went into the studio with my friend James Ingram and this is what we came up with.
“The show was cancelled so quickly the episode never aired, but if you can imagine a grim and grizzled detective determinedly working a murder case that shook them to the very core of their being, this is the music the show requested. It’s been sitting on a hard drive ever since, and with the sad news of Ric Ocasek’s passing, I thought I’d put it up here. Enjoy it. And go listen to The Cars.”
Here’s a thing. https://t.co/NFcGAcromp
— mark hoppus.🏳️🌈 (@markhoppus) September 16, 2019
You can read more about Ocasek’s lasting legacy here.