Thursday, December 14, 2017

February tour dates announced

Riverwind Casino
Norman, OK
February 9, 2018
Stripped Down show with Richard Marx

Kansas Star Casino
Mulvane, KS
February 10, 2018
Full band show

For additional 2018 tour dates, visit Rick's official website.

Photo by Renata Hearn

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Snake King is Rising

It was a BIG day for Rick Springfield fans anxiously awaiting the January release of Rick's new album, The Snake King.

The first single was released on iTunes Wednesday morning.  By the end of the day, the full version of "Little Demon" was everywhere! A complete list of song titles from the album were also released Wednesday and they are interesting.

Frontiers Music offered a special treat for Rick's fans the same day in the form of Limited Edition Vinyl LPs. YES Vinyl records are back for those who still have a turntable to play them on! In addition to the Limited Gatefold Black Vinyl LP available to pre-order on Frontiers' website was a (very) Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP edition. With only 100 copies of the Red Vinyl LP available, they were sold out quickly. The Black Vinyl LP is still available on the Frontiers Music site. This is the first vinyl record Rick has released since his Rock Of Life album in 1988 and Rick's dedicated fans seem to be excited about it.

The Snake King track list:

1.  Land Of The Blind
2.  The Devil That You Know
3.  Little Demon
4.  Judas Tree
5.  Jesus Was An Atheist
6.  The Snake King
7.  God Don't Care
8.  The Voodoo House
9.  Suicide Manifesto
10. Blues For The Dissillusioned
11. Santa Is An Anagram
12. Orpheus In The Underworld

Photo by Renata Hearn

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New January Shows Announced

Two Solo Stripped Down Shows have been added to Rick's tour for January 2018

  January 6, 2018
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, New Jersey
Tickets go on sale December 1st

 January 13, 2018
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Patchogue, New York
Tickets on Sale Now

Photo by Anne Hendrix

Monday, November 13, 2017

New CD Release Date Announced

The Snake King is scheduled to be released on January 26, 2018. 

Andrew McNiece, owner of the Melodicrock website, tweeted "Rick Springfield's blues album "The Snake King" out January 26 via Frontiers Worldwide" with what appears to be the cover for the album.

The highly-anticipated album is Rick's first blues album and he says "has the potential to put the final nail in the old teenybopper coffin".  The release date is two months ahead of the March 2018 time frame that was originally expected.

Rick started mentioning "The Snake King" as the title of his new album earlier this year and has been using guitar picks with the name on it for several months.  There have been a few social media posts recently of Rick, Matty and the band in the studio working on "the final touches" for the album.  Last week several social media posts of Rick at a photo shoot at the Joshua Tree National Park in California have stirred excitement among Rick's dedicated fans.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rick to Perform with the Oregon Symphony

Exciting News!

Rick and his band will be performing with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland, Oregon
with The Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Tickets go on sale to the public on November 8th - Click Here

Photo by Barbara Bates

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Arizona State Fair

Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State Fair
October 27, 2017
photos by Renata Hearn

Our plan was to go the fair a little early, get a decent parking spot, possibly get a little food then head to the show.  We left at 5:30 for what should have been a 10 minute drive and got stuck in traffic, finally got parked about 6:40 and made it into the venue about 6:55 (show scheduled to start at 7:00). Next time, if there is a next time at this fair, will definitely have a better plan on getting there. The show was a little late to start, which this time worked in our favor. You know when you hear Uptown Funk over the loud speakers, the start is near.

As we know, Rick had surgery in late August and was unable to play his guitar for the shows in September and early October.  He was coming off  a 2 week break so we weren't sure if he would be healed enough to play yet, or not.  It was obvious right away, you could see the glow from the "light up" guitar he has been using to open up the show.

After I Get Excited,  Rick handed off his guitar but did not get another one to take its place.   It seemed like a deliberate choice, and nothing to do with his previous injury.  He seems to have picked out a few songs to perform without the guitar, something he may have decided to keep going from the time he spent unable to play.  He also mentioned he had a new cd coming out - in January - I'm not going to get excited about that 2 month bump in the release date - everything else has indicated it won't be out until March.

Before performing Roar, the jacket comes off and he takes possession of the silver sparkle guitar - he likes to refer to it as his "girly" guitar, which seems appropriate for his "girly" song that has been "rocked up" with guitars and drums.

At the end of The Medley, during the State of the Heart segment, he flung the guitar to his side and sat down at the edge of the stage.

The gold guitar comes out for Wild Thing.

He took an audience vote - between Our Ship is Sinking and Don't Talk to Strangers.  First he asked who wanted to hear Our Ship is Sinking - loud cheers from the first rows of the venue.  Who wants to hear Don't Talk to Strangers - loud cheers from the rest of the venue.  Clearly that was going to be no contest.  Once again, he starts the song with no guitar.  It is common for him to get rid of the guitar part way through the song, but it is new for him to not use it at all.  He does a mini rose explosion against the monitor during the song.  His first attempt at getting someone from the audience to sing and there is no sound from the 2nd mic.  So Rick talks about Matty, the sound guy, comparing him to My Little Pony - along with a shot of MLP on the background screen - because of the multiple colors in Matty's hair.

Before going out to do Human Touch, he talks about his surgery and asks people not to grab on to the part of his arm underneath his arm band, because that is where the scar/healing is.

He has a new acting role now to add  during the beginning of Love Somebody, he can now add

American Horror Story to the list.  We see the red sparkle guitar for the first time during Love Somebody.

Off to the side of the stage while the Jessie's Girl montage plays, the crowd favorite Jessie's girl is performed as the light up guitar makes another appearance  and then Kristina. 
He then goes to the edge of the 
stage for a quick autograph of a WCD LP and the show is over.  The two week break since the last show seems to have been good - so much energy -although he never lacks that.  Playin g a few songs without the guitar, having free use of his hands and the full use of the stage has really added a nice new layer to the performance.

Light This Party Up
I've Done Everything For You
I Get Excited
Affair of the Heart
Jesus Saves
The Medley
Love is Alright Tonite
Miss Mayem

Wild Thing
Don't Talk to Strangers
Human Touch
Love Somebody
Jessie's Girl

Thursday, October 26, 2017

3 New Shows Announced

December 28, 2017
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Full Band Show
February 24, 2018
Florence, Indiana
Full Band Show
April 14, 2018
Miami, Florida
Full Band Show 

Photo by Lisa Klann