mtm, I was never a big Cars fan, but this sounds interesting. I am a big Todd fan, the dude is a daredevil, never one afraid to come from left field and shake things up a bit.
I saw Elliot about 8-9 years ago with, believe it or not, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, CHOKE!! He ably provided the spot-on guitar licks, Creedence-style, of the missing John Fogerty.
So it all sounds like a collaboration that will work well. Not much for Blondie, but the Pretenders got some decent cred.