Solo: “Night Spots”

Elliot nearly burns the stage down with this blistering performance of “Night Spots.” I love the well-deserved cheer from the crowd when he finishes. From The Midnight Special, 1979.

(Click here for more details about the making of this song and an alternate version.)

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Solo: “Take What You Want”

“Take What You Want” was a staple of The Cars’ early live performances, and a great song for Elliot to stretch out. Feast on this clip of him absolutely RIPPING up his solo for a full 2 minutes! So much badassery going on — don’t miss him *twisting* his guitar at about 1:23. Off.the.chain! (Musikladen, 1978)