Friday, December 28, 2007

Rick Springfield - KABC7

Look at what we have :-) Rick was interviewed on KABC7 on 12/17. Thanks to a quick thinking fan, we were provided with this copy of the interview.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

TV Listings for Rick Springfield

VH 1 loves to repeat this one!

Catch Jessie's Girl coming in at #20

The Greatest: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's (20-1)
VH1
Tues Dec 25th 1pm est
VH1Classic
Tues Dec 25th 7pm est






Hard To Hold
UHD (Universal HD channel)

Sat Dec 29th 6am est






Biography-Linda Blair
BIO

Wed, Jan 2, 9:00 AM
Wed, Jan 2, 3:00 PM
Thu, Jan 3, 4:00 AM

Rick discusses his relationship with Linda Blair in the 70's.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Entertainment Tonight

There was a short clip on Entertainment Tonight that mentions Christmas With You

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Rick Springfield on KTLA

Rick was interviewed on KTLA this morning and the clip can be found on their website (click the entertainment tab)

Also, if you want to read the USO blog Rick mentions in the interview, go here.

Rick Springfield on Sirus Radio



SIRIUS Radio
Rick Springfield Celebrates the Holidays


12/24 1 pm & 9 pm ET


Everyone's favorite TV doctor/rock star Rick Springfield is out with a new holiday CD called Christmas With You. Listen as he hangs out with original VJ Mark Goodman to play and talk about the collection of new and traditional holiday songs.

http://www.sirius.com/big80s

Rebroadcast: Tue. Dec. 25 @ 2 am - 4 am & 9 am - 11 am ET, Wed. Dec. 26 @ 6 am - 8 am & 3 pm - 5 pm ET, Thu. Dec. 27 @ 9 am - 11 am & 7 pm - 9 pm ET, Fri. Dec. 28 @ 7 am - 9 am & 4 pm - 6 pm ET, Sun. Dec. 30 @ 4 am - 6 am & 5 pm - 7 pm ET, Mon. Dec. 31 @ 1 pm - 3 pm ET, Tue. 1/1 @ 9 am - 11 am ET

Sunday, December 16, 2007

TV listings for Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield should be featured this Friday
during the "Icon" segment on:

The O'Reilly Factor
FNC (Fox News Channel)
Friday, Dec 21st 2007 8pm EST


Check your local listings to confirm the time.
http://www.tvguide.com/
(Please note - this did not happen)

Friday, December 14, 2007

Rick Springfield TV Alert-West Coast

This was officially posted on the www.rickspringfield.com message board today.

Thursday 12/20/07
TV Interview
KTLA -
8:30 AM Los Angeles, CA

2008 Tour dates for Rick Springfield

Mark your calenders for 2008!
01/26/08
Hallandale, FL
Gulfstream Park

04/05/08
Wendover, NV
Peppermill Casino

04/06/08
Cabazon, CA
Morongo Casino

7/18/08
Fon Du Lac, WI
Fon du Lac Fair

7/19/08
Williamsburg, VA
Busch Gardens

7/20/08
Williamsburg, VA
Busch Gardens

10/24/08
Biloxi, MS
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

10/25/08
Dallas, TX
House of Blues

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Rick Springfield - Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Rick showed up at The Today Show today to promote Christmas With You. Luckily for him, the lovely ladies at the Today Show had some deep pockets to help keep his hands warm. Hopefully, others will have some deep pockets, too, and join with Rick in raising money for a great cause - http://www.goldstarmoms.com/.



Besides purchasing the Christmas With You cd, check out a previous entry to see how you can join with other fans to help, here.

Additional Press for Rick Springfield

Here's a radio interview that aired today on the Bob Rivers Show:

http://www.bobrivers.com/player/player.asp?ID=7077&SPEED=2&atype=onair

Rick Talks about the new Christmas CD - Christmas With You, General Hospital, etc.

Rick Springfield on Fox and Friends

Rick performs Christmas With You on Fox and Friends


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Rick Springfield on Regis and Kelly

Here's Rick's appearance from Live with Regis and Kelly

Monday, December 10, 2007

Rick Springfield's CWY on AOL Video


The video for Christmas With You is available to view on AOL. If you are a member or have an AIM screen name, please feel free to leave a comment.



1/12/08 Tour date for Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield
Desert Diamond Casino , Tucson, AZ
Sat, Jan 12, 2008 08:00 PM

Tickets for this event are listed on ticketmaster and go on sale 12/14 at 10:00 am mst.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1E003F8AC13B5D63?artistid=736178&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

Sunday, December 9, 2007

This Week's appearances for Rick Springfield

According to rickspringfield.com
12/12 Regis & Kelly - Performance/Interview

12/13 Fox & Friends Approx. 8:50AM -Performance/Interview
12/13 Today Show - 9:20 or 9:30AM Interview

Also: WPLJ (NYC) - Performance/Interview (radio)
(tba)
Bill O'Reilly - ICON Series - Taping 12/12 to air Dec. 14th or Dec. 21st
Please note - watch your time zones! All times are geared toward Eastern time zone and might be different if you live in a different time zone.

TV Listings for Rick Springfield

Hard To Hold


UHD (Universal HD Channel)

Wed, Dec 12, 12:00

Thurs Dec 13, 3:00 AM










A brand new apperance this week on:

Regis & Kelly


Wed, Dec 12, 9:00 AM



Check your local listings as this show is syndicated http://www.tvguide.com/




Note: If there are any late breaking TV listings for this week (Rick will be in NY to appear on Regis & Kelly so we hope for a few more) we will issue a TV Alert on the RSU Yahoo list. If you haven't joined here is the link: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/RSAndUs/


Friday, December 7, 2007

Happy Herald Meets....Rick Springfield

By Jonathan Lederman & Liz Sterl
Happy Herald

It was everything but a typical Sunday afternoon when Rick Springfield was joined by Eddie Money and John Waite to promote, The Working Class Tour, during their recent concert at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Seeing and speaking to Springfield brought back nostalgic memories of racing home to watch General Hospital and cranking up the radio each time Jessie`s Girl aired.
Born Richard Springthorpe in Sydney Australia on August 23, 1949, Rick was a huge hit with his high-school band Rock House and joined the very popular band The Zoot in 1970. After one year with The Zoot, Rick decided to fly solo. He made quite an impression with the release of Speak to the Sky. Rick spent the next two years honing his writing skills and developing two more albums, Comic Book Heroes and Mission Magic. It was during this time that Springfield developed his acting skills. It all paid off for the rising star. He landed the role of Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital, a coveted role that brought him even more fame in America.
Springfield has produced 17 top 40 hits, sold over 19 million records including hit singles Jessie`s Girl, Don`t Talk to Strangers, Affair of the Heart, Love Somebody, I`ve Done Everything for You, and Love is In The Air Tonight. When asked about his recent trip to his native land of Australia, Rick stated, "It was great, lots of beer and lots of good looking sheila`s." Rick`s sense of humor and laid back attitude truly came to light during an interview with The Happy Herald. He continues to tour and bring forth new projects. His latest, Written in Rock, Rick Springfield Anthology, is available as a 2 CD set. Rick is rockin` and rollin` with the times... bringing good music and good times for all to hear.
Q: Rick you are an accomplished musician and actor, what do you enjoy doing when not performing or acting?
RS: I am usually busy in my studio or writing. To relax, I do things with my family.
Q: Your career has spanned decades, who or what would you credit for your success?
RS: Persistence. I think sticking with it is the key. I also continually work on improving my craft, so that when a break comes, I am ready. Also, I love what I do and don`t know how to do much else. So that helps me be successful.
Q: What challenges have you faced in your career and how have you overcome them?
RS: A thousand and one challenges. All been handled differently. I am a pretty driven person and again staying in the game and having faith is usually my best course.
Q: What positive message would you like to deliver to The Happy Herald Readers?
RS: Be good to your mom.
Q: What advice would you give someone pursuing a career in music or acting?
RS: Don`t do it for the money. If you aren`t passionate about what you do and if it doesn`t pull you out of bed each morning - go do something else. It`s a tough and crowded road. You`ll enjoy the journey - only if you really want it.

A very special Thank you to Ryan Rogers of The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and Alana Mulford of Doyle-Kos Management for their support and assistance in facilitating this interview with Rick Springfield.
http://www.happyherald.com/view.php?I=110

Christmas in Springfield

By Tom Stacy
Soap Opera Digest
GH's Rick Springfield's New CD Is Dedicated To Those Who Won't Be Home For Christmas

Rick Springfield (Noah, GH) took time out of his busy touring schedule to check in with Soap Opera Digest regarding his new CD, Christmas With You. You can find more info on Springfield's very first holiday album in our gift guide in the December 25 issue, on sale December 18.

Soap Opera Digest: So, let's talk Christmas.
Rick Springfield: This whole thing came about as a way to do something for our troops. There's only one original song on the Christmas CD. It's the title track called "Christmas With You." Derek Hilland wrote it about the perspective of the troops being away from home at Christmas and the music video for it features photos and names of fallen soldiers. The song isn't long enough to put all of them in, but it does feature a lot of our fallen soldiers, men and women.
Digest: Where did the inspiration come from for that?
Springfield: We wanted to do something rather than complain. If I see one more "War isn't the answer" bumper sticker I'm going to drive my car right into the other car. It's not a political statement. It's just in support of the troops, the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country. My dad was a lifer in the army. I grew up on army bases. Derek's dad was in the Air Force and he fought in Vietnam. I played for the troops in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, so it's something we felt honest and truthful about. I've been to Bethesda [National Naval Medical Center in Maryland] and talked to some of the guys who just came back from Iraq with serious head wounds. People ought to get out and actually do something other than just f---ing talking. I don't mean to get on my high horse. This is a little tiny thing that we thought we could do and the proceeds go to the gold star mothers, who are parents who've lost children over in Iraq.
Digest: How would you describe the rest of the tone of the CD?
Springfield: I wanted the stuff to be traditional sounding, but I never liked rock Christmas albums. I like stuff you can put on, light a fire and put up the Christmas tree by. They're all songs that I grew up with and loved. When people used to write songs back then, they wrote them for the church and for God — and that's basically what these are. These are some of the best pop songs of the day. Some of the music is staggering when you get into it, when you look at the chord structures and the melodies.
http://www.soapoperadigest.com/features/gh/interviews/christmasinspringfield/

Rick Springfield: 26 years after 'Jessie's Girl'

By SCOTT HARRELL
Bradenton Herald

It's been 26 years since Rick Springfield took pop music by storm with "Jessie's Girl." Which means it's been about 25 years, 11 months, three weeks, six days, 23 hours and 40 minutes since the Australia-born star was first roundly derided as a wannabe musician, a pretty-faced actor churning out insubstantial hooks in order to bolster his surely fleeting fame.

Were that the case, it's doubtful that you could find kids who hadn't been born when "Jessie's Girl" and Springfield's other hits ruled the airwaves dancing and singing the words to them more than a quarter-century later. But you can, at any '80s Nite or karaoke bar or local dive with a great jukebox. Guilty or not, his tunes continue to bring pleasure to listeners of all ages, something in which the songwriter must find more than a little validation.

"I'm proud of it," he says. "It's great to see. We're seeing a lot of younger fans coming to the live shows, too, 'cause it's a pretty hard-rocking kind of thing."
At 58 years old, Springfield will never again experience the sort of pop-cultural deity status that accompanied the release of his American debut, "Working Class Dog," and his stint playing Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital."

For some artists, the realization that their glory days - in terms of mass popularity, at least - are behind them can be difficult, even impossible, to accept. But, for Springfield, who wrote the vast majority of his own music, including "Jessie's Girl," the joy has always been more in creating and playing the music than the peripheral notoriety; he understands that most of his fans view him through the memory-tinted lens of nostalgia.

"It's very understandable, and I have exactly the same attachment to the music of the '60s that I grew up with," he says. "I think there's a window for most people. It opens when you first discover music, when you're 12 or 13, and it goes until you get a career or a family. Other than musicians and people who work in music professionally, when the window closes, that's sort of the music you live your life with. It comes with the territory."

That doesn't mean Springfield himself hasn't moved on, however. The songwriter returned to the marketplace in 1999 after a decadelong hiatus with the full-length "Karma," and has produced a new album every three or four years since. His latest, this month's "Christmas with You," is a surprisingly mellow and largely reverent collection of traditional seasonal songs anchored by its title track, an original that tells the story of a protagonist stuck far from loved ones during the holidays. The tune is obviously relevant when experienced against the backdrop of the ongoing war in Iraq, and all proceeds from it are going to American Gold Star Mothers, an organization of parents who have lost a son or daughter to military conflict.

Whether the timely "Christmas with You" endures to become the kind of evergreen seasonal song folks are still playing this time of year 26 years from now remains to be seen. And Springfield has already assured himself a place in the annals of pop history in any case. But for him, that's not the point. He's still writing tracks and performing for the people who want to hear them.

"I don't think any writer who's written anything that lasted sat down to write something that was going to last," he says. "They wrote what was in 'em. Even when my first record hit, I didn't feel pressured to re-write 'Jessie's Girl.' I've always had that approach and don't know anybody who's written anything meaningful that didn't have that approach.

"Which isn't to say that a writer doesn't want to leave his mark," he adds. "But that's different from the day to day toil of the joy and pain of creating something. Even a banker wants to leave his mark, you know?"
http://www.bradenton.com/entertainment/story/252588.html

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Gold Star Mothers Fundraiser in honor of Rick Springfield

First I want to thank RSU for allowing us to post this info here.

RS4 thought we would roll out the website where you can find details of this year's Christmas charity project that started December 1, 2007, and goes to midnight EST on December 31, 2007!

In years past, the RS community has done some wonderful things at the holidays that benefit others in a grand and wonderful way. It is also our way to give Rick back a wonderful Christmas gift for all he gives to us throughout the years in a way we truly believe he would prefer most--to benefit others!!

When this year's initial idea was briefly mentioned to him recently, he said "That would be awesome!"

Even if you can't donate right now, please check out the fundraiser website for all the details. There are also some pretty cool prizes in the works that all donors are eligible to win.
You can read all about how to donate, click on links that are related, etc., at the website page here:

http://www.jasonthompson.org/XMAS%202007.html

We just wanted you to know this has begun, and we hope it will be as successful as the birthday campaign, and maybe even more so, keeping in mind we do realize this is a tough time of year financially for most of us. The link above has contact info should you have any questions. Again, thank you ALL for being part of this wonderful community. It is an honor to be here with you!

Sincerely,Your Team CWY Organizers:


Allycen Farnsworth
Rosie Malthaner
Mufi Hayes
Kim Albright
Susan Fortune

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rick Springfield on Regis & Kelly

Unconfirmed TV listing for December:

According to "VH1 Rock on TV" Rick listed for Regis & Kelly's Holiday Music Week.
December 12th 2007

Check your local listings as this show is syndicated. http://www.tvguide.com/

"Actor Will Smith discusses the upcoming movie "I Am Legend." Grammy Award-winner Rick Springfield sings "Christmas with You" as "Holiday Music Week" continues. "

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

On The Newsstands


In this week's People Magazine (December 3), there is a short review of Christmas With You.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Christmas With You Video by Rick Springfield On Demand


More info from http://www.rickspringfield.com/ regarding the "Christmas With You" video:

Over 100 Adult Contemporary Clear Channel radio station web sites are airing an online preview of Rick's Christmas With You CD as well as the Christmas With You video from 11/20 through 1/04/2008. We must show our support for Rick by visiting these sites as often as possible and watching/listening to the content. The more traffic we can drive to Rick's CD preview feature, the better! Let's show radio that people care about Rick's music! Clear Channel listings can be found at:


Remember you do not have to have a local Clear Channel station to view or listen to this. You can chose ANY link listed. EVERY click counts. The Christmas With You video is listed at the BOTTOM on the On-Demand page so be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page. This is the same page that lists the Rockford On-Demand video so if you bookmarked that link you can use that just be sure to scroll down to find Christmas With You. You can also listen to the songs on CD.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

TV Listings for Rick Springfield

Soapography: Rick Springfield & Kimberly McCullough
SoapNet
Sat, Nov 24th 2007 5:00AM est


McCullough Rick Springfield and Kimberly McCullough (“General Hospital”) are profiled. 30 min- 2006




BIOGRAPHY: RICK SPRINGFIELD
is the story of the performer who has sold fifteen million records and after nearly thirty years in show business still performs with the reckless abandon of a twenty-something rock star. Springfield's hit song, Jesse's Girl became the anthem of the 1980s - a time when his feathered hair, tightly-suited body and boyish face became hallmarks of the era. Concert footage, photos and interviews chronicle his early life in Australia and his career - a path that has taken him from teen idol to TV soap star to serious rocker. Includes interviews with former managers Steve Binder and Tom Skeeter; his mother Eileen Springthorpe; musician Sammy Hagar; drummer Jack White; actresses Linda Blair and Jacklyn Zeman; and record producer Keith Olson.

A&E
Sunday, Nov 25th 2007 8am EST


Friday, November 16, 2007

Rick Springfield mixes old with new in concert

By ERIC SCHELKOPF - eschelkopf@nwnewsgroup.com
Kane County Chronicle

Just in time for the holidays, ’80s pop icon Rick Springfield has released a new Christmas CD, “Christmas With You.”

The title song and video is a tribute to the soldiers who have fallen serving our country, with all proceeds going to American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.

Before coming to St. Charles to perform at the Arcada Theatre, the 58-year-old musician/actor discussed the war in Iraq, the state of the music industry and more.

You’ve been busy touring this year. I see that in August, you performed in your native Australia for the first time since coming to the United States in 1972.

It was really cool. It was great to see old friends. The place has changed pretty drastically. The audience reaction was fabulous, and they’re doing a DVD of it that will be out.

You have a new CD, “Christmas With You,” that’s dedicated to fallen soldiers. Was this something you felt you needed to do at this time?

Yeah, everybody is complaining about the war and I’ve seen a lot of “war is not the answer” stickers, but I’m not seeing anybody coming up with any answers. I was raised on Army bases, and the guy who wrote the song with me, Derek Hilland, his dad was in the Navy and fought in Vietnam. I performed for the Vietnam troops in 1968 and 1969. I was actually in Vietnam in Christmas of 1968. We felt we had to do something positive for the soldiers who have fallen over there and their families who are not getting a lot of support from the entertainment industry.

I also see you have a new album coming out in the spring and the first single is called “Who Killed Rock ’n’ Roll?” Is that a statement about the industry?

Pretty much. Basically, it’s a greed problem. The record companies especially have just collapsed. There’s no real record industry any more. They’re trying to deny it and adjust their figures and everything, but it’s constantly a downward trend. And it was said this Christmas will probably be the last big Christmas for CD sales. From then on, it will be either free downloads or from iTunes and sites like that. I personally don’t know where any record stores are.

What keeps you wanting to play shows?

I am humbled and honored that I actually have some past music that people want to hear, but for me personally, it’s about playing new music, getting new music out there.

Speaking about your hits, was it a total shock that “Working Class Dog” did so well?

I always think that my albums will do well, because I have a lot of faith in what I do. But at that point, I had kind of given up on it. There were just ballads on the radio, and the record company didn’t know what to do with it. It was basically a guitar pop-rock album. So they just kept holding on to it. And then they released the album, and it happened to be at the right time. Radio was ready to hear more guitar again. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time with the right song (‘‘Jessie’s Girl”).

Was it hard being on tour with that record at the same time you were on “General Hospital?”

It was a lot of work, but I was ready for it. I waited for a long time to have my music heard, so I was definitely up for it.

Why did you decide to return to “General Hospital” in 2005? How did that came about?

They called me up. By 2005, the radio and record industry was in the state it is now. There were people going on reality shows to get new stuff heard or draw some attention to their new music. Everybody was doing whatever they could to make up for the lack of radio. Noah Drake was a character I was known for, so I didn’t feel like a total sellout for going back there and bring some attention to my new music. People forget. You have to keep reminding them that you are there and doing new stuff.

Why do you think your music has held up over the years?

I have no idea. There’s something in the music. Certainly “Jessie’s Girl” has got a life of its own beyond anything I did, with it being in movies. It brings in young kids now who saw it in movies.

What’s the story behind the song?

There’s a guy that I knew and I was hot for his girl. She didn’t have any time for me, so I wrote the song. His name was Gary, but it didn’t work as well for the song.

Is it still fun for you to perform the song?

Yeah, because it’s really beyond the song for me now because I’ve done it so many times. The interaction is always fun, and everybody knows it.

Rick Springfield

When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles
Tickets: $59-$75
Information: 630-587-8400 or www.o-shows.com
Link

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rick Springfield - In Concert Live and on Demand

Over 100 Adult Contemporary Clear Channel radio station web sites are airing an online IN-CONCERT segment from 11/15 through 11/26 featuring clips from Rick Springfield's "Live In Rockford" DVD. Show your support for Rick and click your local station link(s) from the list below. We can show our support for Rick by visiting these sites and watching the content. The more traffic we can drive to Rick's feature, the better!

The list of radio stations can be found Here:
http://www.rickspringfield.com/full/in_concert_list.html

The link can be made to work on any clear channel station, but the focus is on Adult Contemporary stations, so just pick the station closest to you from the list and enjoy!
Remember, even if you can't watch the broadcast, you can always listen - the sound is great!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Christmas With You Video



To order the cd, go to rickspringfield.com All proceeds from the recording of this song donated to support the US military veterans organization American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
For more information on the organizations, please visit – American Gold Star Mothers: Who are mothers that have lost a son or daughter in service of our country: www.GoldStarMoms.com and Cherished Lives: A memorial website where soldiers’ families
can create a free memorial website for their loved ones: www.CherishedLives.com

Monday, November 12, 2007

Is There a doctor in the house, Mr. Springfield?

By Deborah L. Kunesh
Correspondent
Reporter/Progress


As Dr. Noah Drake on ABC television's "General Hospital", Noah's alter ego - rocker Eli Love - or the guy whose hit songs were an integral part of what made the 1980s stand out musically with hits like "Jessie's Girl", Rick Springfield is as hot today as he ever was, with continued musical and television success and a relevance that seems to defy time.
We caught up with Springfield by phone at his Malibu home to find out what concertgoes can expect at his show Saturday, Nov. 17, at The Arcada Theatre, and to learn more about the Artist and what he's been up to lately.
Q What will be in store at the concert?
A We hit on pretty much all of the hits. We do a medley where we do a bunch of songs, and we do some of the later albums. We even start the show off with a brand new song from a new album coming out next year, and we do some old songs that I loved as a kid. So it's a pretty interesting full range of songs.
Q What would you like people to walk away with?
A That they went to one of the best parties they've ever been to. They walk away high. That's what I love about concerts. I walk away with the music in my ears and feeling like I just had a great time. Our show is very audience-interactive. I love the audience, so I'm not one of those artists that stands in a corner and plays. I like to get in with the audience.
Q Can you tell me more about the "Christmas With You" album coming out this week? This is the first Christmas album you've ever done?
A Yes, it's the first and only one.
Q The proceeds are going to benefit the U.S. Military Veterans Association and the American Gold Star Mothers?
A The lead song "Christmas With You" is the only original song on the album (the rest is traditional Christmas). The proceeds go to the Veterans Association, the Gold Star Mothers and the other ones who we talked to that supplied all of the photos of the fallen soldiers, men and women, of the Iraq war. Their names and their images are threaded through the whole video (which will be on YouTube).
It's pretty shocking and actually pretty amazing and beautiful and sad, and the guys that were cutting it together just couldn't believe seeing that many names and seeing the faces and how young and how normal everybody looked.
It makes all the difference in the world seeing their faces and young, alive adults and kids. It's not a political statement at all.
I've been just as supportive of the troops, you know. My dad was in the (British) army and I entertained the troops in Vietnam in 1968 and 1979, so it's something that's very close to me. I've lived on army bases all of my life, and (I thought) let's do something other than complain about the war, you know?
(Note: The video will be on YouTube, and Springfield and those involved will be hitting the morning talk show circuit starting in early December to showcase the project. Springfield said the daughter of good friend Doug Davidson from "The Young and The Restless" appears in the video and is an amazing violin player.)
Q You battled depression for a while. Did coming out of that on the other side give you a different perspective?
A That's what I always hope for. Pretty much that's been the rule so far. I write to kind of heal myself, anyway. It's my little psychiatric trip, you know? That's really where my songs come from, and the issues I'm going through and feelings. If I can write a good song about it, it kind of heals it and puts it in perspective.
Q You started so young musically...playing piano at 9, guitar at 13 and writing songs at 14. What inspired you to go in that direction?
A My dad was a really great singer. He didn't want to do anything professional with it. He was in the army and he just wanted to entertain his friends with his voice. We always had music around the house. We also didn't have TV until I was about 8 or 9 years old and music is what we used to do in the evenings for entertainment. We lived out in the country in Australia at the time, so TV was a little late in reaching us. I moved to England and discovered rock and roll and realized I could have my own music, as well as liking the music my parents liked, and then The Beatles and seeing that kids could write too. That kind of started me.
Q There was a 23-year hiatus between Dr. Noah Drake leaving "General Hospital" until his reappearance in 2005. What prompted the return of the popular character?
A Unusual? It may be a first (laughs). They called up and I thought about it. And the way the music industry is now, I thought it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to get on TV and see if maybe we can put some music into it or just being on there wouldn't be a bad thing. So I thought I'd just give it a shot for a while. And it's been fun and I'd go away for a while and come back, and year, I think it's been OK.
Q Being both an actor and musician - what drives you in each category?
A Acting has a lot of similarities to music. What drives it? It's neat to act and be a performer and whatever insecurities drive that, and it's really my one connect to my world, to art. It's great when you've got good writing and you kind of nail the scene. It's a similar feeling to writing a good song. Writing songs is always at the heart of what I do, because it's always something I can do just myself, I don't have to rely on any other situation. I can go into a room with a piano and write if I've got something to say, you know?

Sunday, November 11, 2007

More TV listings for November

A Change of Place
LMN (Lifetime Movie Network)
Sat, Nov 17th 2007 9:18 AM est

Directed by Donna Deitch. Starring Andrea Roth, Rick Springfield, Geordie Johnson, Stephanie Beacham, Ian Richardson, Viktoria Kerekes.

A shy student trades identities with her flashy twin, a top fashion model with a dark secret. A.k.a. 'Harlequin's 'A Change of Place'.' 108 minutes- NR, USA, 1994



RICK SPRINGFIELD - LIVE AT THE CORONADO THEATRE
HDNet
Sun, Nov 18th 2007 12pm est

Rick Springfield, the teen heartthrob who has sold over 17 million albums, is captured live in front of a sold-out concert at the legendary Coronado Theatre in Rockford, Illinois. Rick rips through a catalogue of 17 Top 40 hits from "Jessie's Girl", to "Affair of The Heart" and "Love Somebody". Turn up the volume and sit back and sing along with all the hits from the 80's.



VH 1 loves to repeat this one! Catch Jessie's Girl coming in at #20

The Greatest: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's (20-1)
VH1Classic
Sun, Nov 18th 7pm est


Soapography: Rick Springfield & Kimberly McCullough

SoapNet
Sat, Nov 24th 2007 5:00AM est

McCullough Rick Springfield and Kimberly McCullough (“General Hospital”) are profiled. 30 min- 2006



Please be sure to also check the previous TV Schedule posts (click on TV Schedule on the right side menu) as there are some upcoming TV listings that were posted there last week.

Still no official word on new TV appearances to support Christmas With You or Dr Noah Drake's next visit to GH. Hopefully the ongoing writers strike will not effect this. As soon as we find anything out we will let you know!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Rick Springfield: The Early Sound City Session

This cd, which is basically a release of Beautiful Feelings with the original music and an extra track, will be available on 11/20, and is available for preorder now. Here is the Product Description from Amazon:
Rick Springfield's 1978 release that never made it out with these musicians and even a never before heard track.This album has songs previously heard on earlier releases but never with this cast of musicians and production. Rick Springfield: The Early Sound City Sessions, captures the then teen-idol, at the very beginning of his rise to the top of the American charts. From 1975 through 1982, Springfield was signed to managers Tom Skeeter and Jonas Gottfried, and their Carman Productions imprint, to produce and deliver his albums for distribution When Rick signed with Carman he was re-launching a career that had already enjoyed a #1 Hit at home in Australia.This album, Rick Springfield: The Early Sound City Sessions was the next album to be recorded in 1977 and 78 under the Carman banner. The songs and the performances showcased Rick s yet unfulfilled promise and has remained in the vaults until now. This album has never been released on CD although several of the songs were re-recorded for his Beautiful Feelings album. But, check this out, Rick Springfield: The Early Sound City Sessions includes a bonus track, Still Got the Magic, which has never been released commercially before.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

New Tour Dates

02.01.08 (Friday)
Miami, OK
Buffalo Run Casino
ACCESS-RS Ticket Presale 12/7


02.02.08 (Saturday)
Fort Worth, TX
Billy Bob's Texas
ACCESS-RS Ticket Presale 11/26

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Review - Christmas With You

Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It seems that any veteran recording artist eventually winds up recording their own holiday album, so it makes perfect sense that Rick Springfield finally got around to releasing his own in 2007 with Christmas with You. Apart from the original title song, Springfield relies on standards here, with traditional carols far outweighing relatively recent secular holiday tunes; in fact, only "I'll Be Home for Christmas" can qualify in the latter category. Springfield not only sticks to the classics, he gives many of these spare, baroque acoustic treatments that emphasize their folk origin. These stark arrangements combined with the clean production can give Christmas with You almost a new age feel, but Springfield's raspy voice prevents this from getting spacy, and he does cut loose on a surf music version of "Deck the Halls" (thereby earning the subtitle "With Boughs of Longboards") and gives "I'll Be Home for Christmas" a bit of a goofy doo wop feel. The album could use just a little bit more of this dose of fun, but in its measured, inventive way, Christmas with You is far from the standard holiday album, and it's hard not to admire that Springfield opted for something different on his Christmas record than the same warm, toasty arrangements of the same songs that show up on most seasonal albums by veteran artists.
http://wc04.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:d9fixzrhldje

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Rick Springfield in Tacoma, WA 11/03/07

Rick Springfield
Tacoma, WA 11/03/07
Emerald Queen Casino
(photo by Susan Fortune)
This show started with the fairly new video montage. It only plays at the venues that have the video screens, so not everyone who goes to a show gets to see it, but it really is rather cool and serves as a great buildup to Rick's entrance onto the stage. We figured out pretty early that it wasn't going to be the typical set list when the 2nd song into the show Rick did itsalwaysomething from Karma. He did flip the lines "touch down turn around flag on the play" with "down one, home run, your dog steals the ball (doing the baseball one first). The only people that would have noticed something like that would have been "us" and I'm pretty sure "we" didn't care :-). When he was performing this song on a more regular basis back during the Karma tour, he would often have trouble with those lines. Rick was definitely in an interesting kind of mood, he sat down on the stage during a guitar solo, using the monitor for his back rest, and he seemed to kneel down, or lay down, or rest against the banister a lot during this show (and not from being tired, but just as part of the performance). It was a little different, but definitely interesting. At one point, very early on, his (dry) shirt came completely unbuttoned and looked down and started laughing saying "how did that happen?" and he buttoned it back up. By the time the shirt was wet, it was completely open again, and stayed that way for the rest of the night.

Security was really strict on cameras and even cell phones, and at one point Rick kept telling them to stop yelling at people, at least a couple of times. He had one of the security guards (Arthur) sing, and he wouldn't at first, so he went to a female in the audience and she didn't sing at first so he kind of straddle her, then he promised Arthur that he wouldn't be doing that to him. Arthur finally did sing. A lot of men sang during DTTS and Rick declared that them men did a much better job than the women, and this night. At one point he was talking to Arthur again, and I guess he wasn't paying attention, and Rick said something like "he's too busy telling people not to take photos". After The Medley, we got another treat with Inside Silvia. At the very end, Rick started to sing "And I hold you...." and he stopped for a second then said "that's not right is it?" and he needed a little help and people were yelling out the line and he said something like "it's easy once you hear it", and he finished the song, and it was a nice moment.

Before Love Somebody, he said we can talk about the movie "blah, blah, blah", but I only need to say 3 words - "My naked butt!" When Rick went into the audience, he said "I think this is a crowd that can appreciate a song called......" and then he stopped and I think he was waiting for the music for Jesus Saves and the band didn't seem to know what he wanted to play, so he went on to play My Generation. I know several people were screaming Jesus Saves. He does the cell phone bit during My Generation.

The full set list was:

Who Killed Rock N Roll
itsalwaysomething
Affair of the Heart
Alyson
I've Done Everything For You
Rock of Life
Red House
Don't Talk to Strangers
The Medley
Inside Silvia
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie's Girl
Wasted
Love is Alright Tonite

Saturday, November 3, 2007

November TV appearances for Rick Springfield

A few upcoming TV appearances for Rick in the month of November! Mark your calendar! A&E is actually airing Rick's Biography. I can't remember the last time the did this, so if you haven't seen it be sure to tune in. It is also available on DVD.



VH 1 loves to repeat this one! Catch Jessie's Girl coming in at #20
The Greatest: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's (20-1)

VH1
Wed, Nov 7th 2007 9PM EST


Dying to Dance
Directed by Mark Haber. Starring Kimberly McCullough, Mary-Margaret Humes, Rick Springfield, Natalija Nogulich, Les Porter, Mimi Kuzyk.

Anorexia afflicts an ambitious teenage ballerina who's overwhelmed by competitive stress and parental pressure. Romantic discord adds a further complication. 107 minutes-

LMN (Lifetime Movie Network)
Thurs Nov 15th 2007 4:18 PM EST
Fri Nov 16th 2007 5:45 AM EST



BIOGRAPHY: RICK SPRINGFIELD
is the story of the performer who has sold fifteen million records and after nearly thirty years in show business still performs with the reckless abandon of a twenty-something rock star. Springfield's hit song, Jesse's Girl became the anthem of the 1980s - a time when his feathered hair, tightly-suited body and boyish face became hallmarks of the era. Concert footage, photos and interviews chronicle his early life in Australia and his career - a path that has taken him from teen idol to TV soap star to serious rocker. Includes interviews with former managers Steve Binder and Tom Skeeter; his mother Eileen Springthorpe; musician Sammy Hagar; drummer Jack White; actresses Linda Blair and Jacklyn Zeman; and record producer Keith Olson.
A&E
Sunday, Nov 25th 2007 8am EST


**There is also hope that Rick will do some TV talk shows in support of "Christmas with You". We will post those as soon as they come available. And there is also talk of Dr Noah Drake making a return to GH sometime in November and as soon as that is confirmed that will be posted as well.

Friday, November 2, 2007

More 2008 Tour Dates

Looks like more 2008 tour dates are rolling in.

03.31.08
Scottsdale, AZ
Casino Arizona
ACCESS-RS Ticket Presale 11/8

05.23.08
Colusa, CA
Colusa Casino

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Radio Interview - Warm 106.9

Here is an interview that Rick did with Warm 106.9 out of Seattle. The interview is almost 15 minutes long. Enjoy!
http://www.warm1069.com/podcast.asp

Saturday, October 27, 2007

More 2008 Tour Dates


More 2008 tour dates are trickling in!

02.29.08
Las Vegas, NV
Green Valley Ranch Casino

03.01.08
Las Vegas, NV
Green Valley Ranch Casino

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Catch a glimps of Rick on TV this week

Biography-Linda Blair

A&E
Sat, Oct 27, 7:00 AM
BIO
Wed, Oct 31, 10:00 PM
Thu, Nov 1, 2:00 AM

Rick discusses his relationship with Linda Blair in the 70's.

There are rumors swirling that Dr Noah Drake will be making an appearance in Nov on General Hospital. Stay tuned for details.

Rob K (Rick's manager) also posted on Rick's message board that he will be making TV appearances to support "Christmas With You". We will post those as they become available.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Rick Springfield - Anaheim House of Blues

Rick Springfield
Anaheim, CA 10/19/07
House of Blues

photo and review by Laurie Bennett

I have many opinions about HOB the venue, most of which are not good, but tonight was different. The staff was VERY friendly and helpful and since ownership (?) has recently changed, they have revised their long standing No Cameras rule - which was true the last time I was there. It was very packed and quite hot in there, and thus the reason I usually don't do General Admission shows.
The Squirts opened up, which was a very nice treat. Matt was in a very chatty mood, introducing each song and telling a sentence or 2 about it. I believe they played 5 songs. They also started right on time. :)
After intermission, Rick came onto the stage, wearing the black shirt with the rhinestone skull on the front - one of my personal favorites. :) The set list was: Introduction snippet music, Who Killed Rock and Roll, Will I? (Yeah, a song from SDAA!), Affair of the Heart, Allyson, I've Done Everything for You, Rock of Life, Kristina (I think... now I'm wondering), Red House - with Matt's son on Drums, and doing a FABULOUS job I might add!!! - Don't Talk to Strangers, the Medley, Love Somebody - where he said if there is any tiny bit of space out there for me, let me through so I can come out there, man the crowd was tight! - My Generation, Human Touch, Jessie's Girl, and for the encore, Wasted AND Love is ALright Tonight.
A few notes - he started off with his shirt entirely buttoned, but by the time he got into the crowd about 3 people deep, it was open, and then at some point several people tried to take his shirt off, it looked like they were trying to get a good look at the hawk tattoo, but Rick was trying very hard to keep his shirt on, or at the very least, keep his relatively new and nice shirt still in one piece, on his back!; Also, Rick noticed that he got scratched on his stomach, and asked who scratched me? I thought this was supposed to be a love fest! another point someone threw some large "Lion King" style slippers on the stage. First matt put them on, then Rick put them on, and walked around a bit. Too funny. Also, when he sang DTTS, he sang How's life in the Big City of Disneyland... every man's a mouse, every girl is pretty... There were very few rose bouquets in the audience, but eventually I did see a few roses (3 or 4 bunched together, etc) and there were at least 4 bras thrown on stage too. AND, we got a semi shirtless second half of the show. :)
It was a great show and I really enjoyed myself.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Flashback Friday

(please note, this will be the last Flashback Friday until further notice)

GoSet 7/20/74
Springfield To Play Buddy Holly

Australian Singer - songwriter, Rick Springfield has been signed up to play Buddy Holly in an American full-length feature movie.

The life of the rock 'n' roll legend, Buddy Holly, is to be filmed by top Hollywood producer, Bill Sargent.

Negotiations were concluded last week in Hollywood for the movie, "The Buddy Holly Story", between Sargent, his Entertainment 4 Productions and Springfield's managers Steve Binder and Robie Porter.

"The Buddy Holly Story" is likely to go into production early next year.

Holly died more than 10 years ago in a plane crash along with the other idols of the late '50s - The Big Bopper and Richie Valens.

He died at the height of his popularity after such smash hits as "Rave On', "Peggy Sue", and "It Doesn't Matter Any More" and "Heartbeat".

Over the past two years the Buddy Holly legend has grown into cult proportions. Don McLean dedicated the song, "American Pie", to Buddy Holly and the Ringo Starr-David Essex movie, "That'll Be The Day", owes much to Holly.

Springfield as Holly will have to lose his good looks to be transformed into the adenoidal bespectacled cow-licked '50s idol.

Springfield has recently changed his stage image and at his debut in Maxs', Kansas City, New York, he appeared on stage in skins, fur and chamois, giving away his previous jeans and folksy look.

Springfield's current single, "American Girl", is climbing the US top 100 singles charts.

(the scan of the article can be found here.)

Monday, October 15, 2007

SOAP STAR FRESHENS UP HIS ACT

By Jerry Fink
Las Vegas Sun

The recording industry was always tough, but new technology has made it even tougher.

"The industry has virtually collapsed," 57-year-old rocker Rick Springfield said during a telephone interview from his home in Southern California. "Everyone is looking for a new way to get their new music heard. That's one of the reasons I'm still on the road, to play new music."

You can hear some of his new music when he performs Saturday in Primm .

"I start my shows with a new song that hasn't been recorded yet," said Springfield, who performed at the MGM Grand in the special effects musical "EFX" for a couple of years.

When the show closed in early 2003 to make room for "Ka," Springfield went back to touring, making records and playing Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital," a role he created in the mid-'80s and put aside to come to Vegas.

Would he come back to do another show here?

"We've talked about it and I've entertained offers, but that was a pretty amazing show," Springfield said. "If I did another , it would have to be a spectacular show like that. I'd want to do something at least that great. I really enjoyed do ing it."

But he loves to tour, as well.

"That's basically what I've been doing since leaving 'EFX.' "

That and making records. His latest is his first Christmas album, "Christmas With You" - the name of the album and a single on it. It's scheduled to be released Nov. 6, and proceeds from the single will benefit American Gold Star Mothers Inc.

"I felt like it was the right time to do it," he said. "I built a studio and it's the first thing we did in there."

He's also working on a CD of new original material, which he plans to release early next year, and he's making plans to perform on a cruise to the Bahamas.

He just returned from a month's tour in Australia, his native country, which he left in 1972 to come to the United States to pursue his musical career.

His tours usually take place on weekends.

"We tour all year that way and don't get bored or go crazy and miss our families," Springfield said. "There are still bands going out a year at a time. I don't know how they do that."

Maturing may make a difference.

Springfield says his music has evolved dramatically over the years.

"Certainly lyrically," he said. "My understanding of how to put a song together has changed. You learn from different people as you go along, from different songs. I'm a great listener, every musician is.

"I'm a better writer than I was. I know how to work it a little better. I'm still very passionate about writing."

IF YOU GO

Who: Rick Springfield with special guest Eddie Money

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Star of the Desert Arena, Primm Valley Resort

Tickets: $32.95 and up; 386-7867

Full article can be found here.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Flashback Friday

Afternoon TV - October 1981
Rick Springfield: "General Hospital's" latest Lady Tamer


Bobbi Spencer is General Hospital's fiestiest nurse - which makes her a tough nut to crack - even for the dashing Dr. Noah Drake!
How did Australian rock star Rick Springfield wind up playing Jackie Zeman's (Bobbie Spencer) new love interest Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital? Luckily for us, GH execs have a knack for selecting magnetic leading actors, who at first glance would seem unlikely candidates for the usually conservative daytime airwaves, but whose offbeat charms have helped make GH tops in "love in the afternoon" entertainment. Rick, the latest heartthrob to join the already smoldering cast, joined the show almost by default! (continued)

Monday, October 8, 2007

Another upcoming TV apperance for this week.


Jessie's Girl comes in at #20 so be sure to catch the beginning of this one!


100 Best Songs of the 80s (#s 20-1)
Thursday October 11th 8pm ET VH1 Classic
Sunday October 14th 7pm ET VH1 Classic

Phoenix Review

Phoenix, AZ
Maricopa Events Center
9/30/07
review and photo by Christine Reed

Rick was PERFCT on Sunday. Need I say more? Okay, okay I know you want more details.
The audience was so excited they kept rushing the stage before the show even opened up, security kept sending them back to their seats time and time again. Finally we were allowed up front and I swear it was a flash back to my first Rick concert in the 80’s smashed up against the stage! He opened with WKRNR and it’s even better live then on I tunes and I don’t have to tell you that it totally ROCKS on I tunes. I don’t know how the ladies who post the whole set list keep track; writing things down was the last thing on my mind! It was a pretty basic 80’s hit set… plus Bath Tub Gloria with the doctor references, Red House, and My Generation.
For DTTS he brought the mic to a few kids in the audience, said one sounded like Satan and that was too funny! Then they started hopping on stage, so he had them line up. What he did not know was that as he was moving down the line, Bucky and the band were having more and more kids jump up. He kept saying “hey where did you come from?” But he made sure they all sang and gave them each hugs and a kiss on the head when they were done… How cool is that?
I wondered how he would get out in the crowd since I now intimately knew the five people in my four inch space! He did Human Touch in the crowd… What a BRAVE man… he made it back to maybe where fifth row should have been I am guessing. There was apparently a butt grab because he called someone on it! Played a lil slide with someone’s cell phone and called the bank and left a message. He said he would like to make a withdrawal. He also said we’d be over for beer and pizza. Bet that was hilarious on Monday morning!
Then the women started jumping on stage… I have never seen or heard of so many. They just kept coming from both sides… Bucky and George were very good at dragging them off, carrying them off, and recovering from being taken down themselves. One woman made several attempts to get to Rick finally took the opportunity when another one was coming from the other side to sneak on stage and try to go behind the curtain. I think she got into a bit of trouble…. One got a quick touch of Rick and was shaking her fist proudly in the air as George carried her off! During the encore there was one last Rick Jumper and he picked her up and swung her around in a circle!
The whole show was simply AMAZING and I did not want the weekend to end. The man is addicting… I just want more!

Sunday, October 7, 2007

TV apperances for the week of Oct 9th 2007

Just a couple of TV listings this week while we continue to wait for the Nov release of Christmas With you!

Catch a quick gimps of Rick


I Love the 80s: 3D 1988

Wed 10/10/07 8pm EST VH1

Rick comments on the band Midnight Oil





Hard To Hold

UHD (Universal HD channel)
Sun 10/14/07 1:30pm EST






Friday, October 5, 2007

Flashback Friday

Rick's Rockin' Return!
On The Springfield Scene
Teen Beat 1985


Rick's back in action with a new album, three new videos and a new self-image!
On a comeback from his last film endeavor, Hard to Hold, Rick Springfield is on his way to yet another record success with his latest album Tao. Rick's acting and recording careers have been erratic over the years, but he's sure that Tao will satisfy fans because it has been rewarding for him.
For a while Rick has been interested in the philosophy and ideaology of the ancient Chinese religion Taoism. He's been reading up on it and has acquired Tae Kwon Do, a form of martial art and a great method of exercixe, as his latest favorite hobby. All of this Asian influence has resulted in Rick's Orientally -spiced LP, Tao.
(continued)

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Corrected Tour Date

There is a correction to a previously announced tour date.
The 12/08 date is at the Hard Rock in Orlando, not Hollywood:

12/08/07
Orlando, FL
Hard Rock Live

Calling Doctor Love

He plays a doctor on TV, but Rick Springfield is still a rocker at heart
Judith Salkin • Desert Post Weekly • October 4, 2007


Rick Springfield's not a doctor, but he plays one on "General Hospital."

He's also a rocker, who, for nearly four decades (where did the time go?) has managed simultaneous careers with seeming ease.
Case in point: this past summer Springfield found himself once again on GH, playing both the erstwhile and disarmingly sexy Dr. Noah Drake, who didn't see the uncanny resemblance he bore to his patient and rock star, Eli Love. (Does this sound even vaguely familiar?)
When Eli Love couldn't rouse himself from his hospital bed for a big concert, dashing Dr. Noah stepped in and lip synced to Love's vocals. "Yeah, that was interesting," Springfield says wryly.
Dr. Drake's return has been so successful, what was supposed to be just a summer run has been extended.
"So now I'm taping a whole week's worth of scenes and touring on the weekends," he says. "Which is what I was doing in early '80s. Nothing's changed."
Coming of age
You can't really say nothing's changed in Springfield's life and career. In between stints as the good doctor, Springfield has kept busy filling up his IMDb profile with appearances on episodic TV, a series or two of his own ("High Tide" and "Human Target"), soundtracks and touring, just about everywhere except his native Australia, until earlier this year.
And there was his stint in Las Vegas taking over for David Cassidy a few years ago in "FX." (note - EFX - Rick took over after Tommy Tune)
"Yeah, the first year was great," he says. "The last six months I wanted to shoot myself."
With the exception of a six-year hiatus, Springfield continued recording new works, too.
Springfield's most recent disc, "The Day After Yesterday," features covers of songs that were either hits during his halcyon days or are songs he wishes he'd written.
"My voice has toughened up a bit over the years," he says, and has more depth than in earlier days, which at 59 is to be expected.
At this point in his career Springfield is finally trying to please himself rather than record company execs or his legions of fans.
There's also a new holiday disc that drops Nov. 6 - "Christmas With You." Thirteen of the 14 tunes are familiar holiday music. "I like traditional Christmas music," he says. "This album is very acoustic and organic. It's the way I like my Chirstmas songs."

While Springfield still likes hitting the road, he's not up for long tours.
"Three to five days at a time that's my limit," he says. "I would want to go out for a year like I did when I was starting out. It's brutal."
Originally posted at mydesert.com

'80s rockers showdown
Judith Salkin • Desert Post Weekly • October 4, 2007


Rick Springfield made his rep as a heartthrob singing songs about young lust. On the flip-side, Pat Benatar was the take-no-prisoners rockers with the heart of steel and claws to match. At least on stage, anyway.

"Yeah, Rick opened for us years ago," Benatar says with a laugh when she finds out he's playing down the road from her Fantasy Springs Casino gig Saturday night in Indio. "Tell him I said, 'Hi.'"
Springfield is similarly pleased to hear that Benatar's in town while he's performing at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella.
"Yeah, I've worked with Pat," Springfield says. "That's really funny we're both playing the same night. To bad I can't catch her show. You know Neil's (Giraldo) played on a couple of songs for me?"
Benatar or Springfield? It all depends on how you wanna rock.
But you can only choose one.

Rick Springfield made his rep as a heartthrob singing songs about young lust. On the flip-side, Pat Benatar was the take-no-prisoners rockers with the heart of steel and claws to match. At least on stage, anyway.

"Yeah, Rick opened for us years ago," Benatar says with a laugh when she finds out he's playing down the road from her Fantasy Springs Casino gig Saturday night in Indio. "Tell him I said, 'Hi.'"
Springfield is similarly pleased to hear that Benatar's in town while he's performing at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella.
"Yeah, I've worked with Pat," Springfield says. "That's really funny we're both playing the same night. To bad I can't catch her show. You know Neil's (Giraldo) played on a couple of songs for me?"
Benatar or Springfield? It all depends on how you wanna rock.
But you can only choose one.

Rick Springfield made his rep as a heartthrob singing songs about young lust. On the flip-side, Pat Benatar was the take-no-prisoners rockers with the heart of steel and claws to match. At least on stage, anyway.

"Yeah, Rick opened for us years ago," Benatar says with a laugh when she finds out he's playing down the road from her Fantasy Springs Casino gig Saturday night in Indio. "Tell him I said, 'Hi.'"
Springfield is similarly pleased to hear that Benatar's in town while he's performing at Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella.
"Yeah, I've worked with Pat," Springfield says. "That's really funny we're both playing the same night. To bad I can't catch her show. You know Neil's (Giraldo) played on a couple of songs for me?"
Benatar or Springfield? It all depends on how you wanna rock.
But you can only choose one.
Originally posted at mydesert.com

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Last Weekend

Not much detail from the 3 shows from this past weekend. Mostly just "Rick rocked".....not a lot of journalism majors out there apparently (haha). So we'll just have to let some pictures do the talking. Above are photos from Denver (Bruce Butler), Pala (Diana Lawrence), and Phoenix (Lisa Caughhorn). For more photos be sure to check out the picture spotlight, and for pictures from recent shows, stay tuned to the concert section.
If you are attending any upcoming shows and would like to share a detailed review of the show (see previous reviews on this blog), contact us.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

New Tour Dates


12/08/07
Orlando, FL (corrected)
Hard Rock Live

02/15/08 and 2/16/08
Nashville, TN
Wildhorse Saloon
(photo - Charlotte Poe, Hard Rock Live 9/16/07)

Friday, September 28, 2007

Flashback Friday

This week, we have 3 newsletters from the 1980's. There's some interesting tidbits and some nice photos included. I think the most interesting thing I found out, that I did not know, was that in the 80's there was also a fund raising effort to raise money for a star on the walk of fame.
To read the newsletters, go to the articles section, under the 1980's.

Acting Music Leap No Hurdle For Springfield


Acting-music leap no hurdle for Springfield
By John Wenzel Denver Post Staff Writer

Rick Springfield has bounced from music to acting and back - and now does both.

We love our favorite songs like old friends. Those dulcet melodies, those head-banging riffs. That unforgettable voice. That unforgettable ... face?

Look around: TV, movies, Web shorts and iPod screens burst with musicians trying their hand at acting. There's Beyoncé in "Dreamgirls" and Justin Timberlake in "Shrek the Third." There's Queen Latifah in "Hairspray" and Ice-T on "Law and Order."

Of course, any pop-culture hound knows it's a short trip from musician to actor. Both professions require a knack for projection and connection with audiences - and a considerable love of the spotlight.

"It's all performance," said Rick Springfield, an '80s idol and TV regular who plays the Paramount Theatre tonight. "When I'm acting, I'm an actor, and when I'm playing music, I'm a musician. I've been doing it for so long that it's a very natural, comfortable switch."
Springfield, 58, got his start in the 1960s in Australian bands like Zoot, earning teen-idol status and eventually crossing over to the States. But his music career tanked in the early '70s, so he turned to acting.

"I started doing that in 1975 in lieu of a music career because I wasn't getting any record deals, although I was still writing songs," he said.

Springfield did guest spots in "The Incredible Hulk" and "The Rockford Files." He made a small appearance in "Battlestar Galactica" and had a reoccurring role on "The Young and The Restless." But it wasn't until he joined "General Hospital" in 1981 that his acting career helped revive his musical one.

That same year, Springfield's album "Working Class Dog" birthed the then-ubiquitous single "Jessie's Girl." The pop-culture synergy propelled him to stratospheric heights, eventually earning him a Grammy.

"It's a great way for musicians to cross over," said Matthew Donahue, a popular culture studies instructor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. "It exposes them to folks who haven't heard their music."

Donahue cited Springfield's early '80s breakthrough as an example of success through media convergence. But Springfield is just one in a caravan of glittery-eyed singers leveraging celebrity through screen time.

Long before Frank Sinatra appeared in "The Manchurian Candidate" or Elvis Presley in "Blue Hawaii," musicians made short promotional films - grainy, off-the-cuff precursors to music videos.

"There are some amazing short films of Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith from the late '20s where they're promoting their music in addition to bringing themselves into a different medium," Donahue said. "And of course you could go back to 'The Jazz Singer' (1927) as

Rick Springfield turned to acting to get him through a dull spot in his musical career - then his role on "General Hospital" brought the spotlight to his 1981 album, "Working Class Dog," and the hit "Jessie's Girl." (Getty Kevin Winter)the first talking picture."

A dramatic flair certainly helps. Close-up-ready musicians like Barbra Streisand used music as a path to stage and screen. Elvis Presley originally wanted to be an actor, and missed an opportunity to revive his career when manager Col. Tom Parker kept him from appearing in the 1976 movie "A Star is Born" - a role Streisand badly wanted him for.

When it happens the other way around, it's usually a grisly sight. Witness Keanu Reeves' "band" Dogstar, Jared Leto's unholy 30 Seconds to Mars, or any of the miscarriages of blues that Bruce Willis or Jim Belushi have perpetrated.

"Every actor I know would love to be a rock star, and every musician I know would love to try acting," Springfield said. "They're that close, and there's some part missing in each career."
Many musical artists turn to acting at the height of their success, forging a new career while keeping the old one hot. But when Springfield's music career hit another rough patch in the mid-to-late '80s, he returned to acting out of necessity.

He acted in Las Vegas spectaculars and in musicals. In 2005, he returned to "General Hospital," where he currently plays his signature character, Dr. Noah Drake. He even performed a song from his forthcoming album, "Who Killed Rock N Roll," on the show, an appropriate career move considering his musical revival of late.

"He's clearly an artist that reaches a generation of women, and when he came out in the '80s he was a borderline teen idol," Donahue said. "Doing 'General Hospital' early on, then coming back again is a no-brainer, win-win situation. It lets him reach a new public that's already a market for the myth of romantic love."

Springfield sees it more simply.

"At the bottom of it is a desire to be loved. Why else would you get up and prance around in front of people like that?"

This article originally appeared in the Denver Post Online and can be seen here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Christmas With You CD Cover!

Amazon is now showing the cover for Rick's upcoming "Christmas With You" CD. They state that the record is due to be released November 6, in accordance with previous reports. Many online retailers are now preselling the record; Amazon lists it as #28 (and climbing) in its category (holiday music).
Complete Track listing:
Christmas With You
The First Noel
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
What Child Is This?
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Away In A Manager
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Carol of The Bells
Do You Hear What I Hear?
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Silent Night
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
I Saw Three Ships
Deck the Halls (With Boughs of Longboards)

Check out www.rickspringfield.com for a sample of Christmas With You.