Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
BIOGRAPHY: RICK SPRINGFIELD
Thurs Dec 11th 10 am & 4pm 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.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The Squirts Concert The Rick Springfield Fan Appreciation Concert
This was to be our "fun day" at sea and it was anything but if you were one of those that were sick. I spent the day in my cabin in bed in hopes I would feel better for the last show. And rest paid off and I made it to the show.
Mark Goodman was our host and we were treated to The Squirts first and they never disappoint. Matt was wearing a life vest during the first part of the show and Rodger had a funky hot pink hat on jamming away on drums. George B was quite chatty also. They played great music from their CD's, which if you don't have, go get them now!
Fan Appreciation Concert
We voted and they played!As I got ready for the show I could hear sound check pretty clearly so I knew they were going to play WKRR and that they did. Rick opened the final show with it. After that they played two more SDAA songs and it almost seemed like we would get a whole SDAA concert. lol Rick mentioned that they hadn't had time to rehearse so if they sucked that was why. No need to worry Rick, because the show ROCKED! I believe Rick asked if anyone had been sick that day and can we feel the ship still moving. It had slowed down by show time but at the end of the ship we could still feel it. No crowd surfing and Ronnie had to bring Rick his lyric sheets, which Rick threw all over the stage as he performed the songs.
There was a marriage proposal on stage and a final IGE girl. Rick said "There was a good balance of very polite and very psycho fans" on the cruise. The show ended with the song Rick & John agreed summed up the cruise "All Right Now" where Rick thanked all of his guests (they also joined him on stage) and the band. Rick & John performed this as a duet and they rocked.
What Kind of Fool Am I
It's Always Something
Take a Hand
Just One Kiss
All Right Now (Rick & John duet w/all guests on stage)
Beach Party at Playa Mia Cozumel, Mexico
This has to be the most controversial event on the itinerary. I have say first off that I had a great time. I know many were disappointed but my review is based on my experience and not of our group as a whole. And I do hope there are many changes for this event next year. Everyone should be able to see from any vantage point. So with that said.......
Those of us in Group A hurried from the Q&A to get our bracelets to board the buses. This part was a bit chaotic but it was a nice surprise when we got on buses with air conditioning. Off to Playa Mia. We arrived and found seats and had lunch. Then as Group B was arriving we moved to the beach, where we had some time for swimming and sun bathing. The band was setting up under the tent as we ate.
Rick arrived at some point and I happened to be down at the beach taking pictures of friends and was able to snap a few good pictures as he walked in the water before he was mobbed. Mark and Doug were also hanging out on the beach with some of the wives right in front of where we were sitting. At one point Doug and Mark were standing right in front our chairs so we took this opportunity to ask them for a picture and they were too happy to oblige. They were really happy to chat. Doug is really a sweetheart. Doug thought he was over dressed and it was hot. Mark was just having a blast.
Show time! And this was a bit of a disaster unless you were up front or behind the stage (not really a stage but the concrete floor). I ended up right behind the VIP seating and equipment. The view of Rick was obstructed for much of the show, however when Barbara found out we couldn't see (I was standing right behind her seat) she got word to Rick and he moved back and also turned around for those on the beach & pool to see. I really enjoyed watching the band and just listening to the music, not trying to take pictures of Rick for quite a while. They all really looked to be having a good time just playing music that they hadn't before. There were requests for Rick to take his shirt off and he obliged for a minute only to put it back on. lol Rick must have been itching to get into the crowd as he had not been able to do that at the other shows so he climbed up (not quite sure on what though) and did a song from the audience. He couldn't go too far back as there was nothing for him to climb on. Of course the show was over too soon and it was time to head back on the buses to the port.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
(Doug Davidson, Jackie Zeman, Jay Kenneth Johnson & Mark Goodman)
While the others were talking, Rick wandered to the side of the stage and started signing autographs. One was a picture a fan asked him to sign for Steven Colbert. Rick told us how he was on his show for about 30 seconds a few years ago and yes, he knew about the picture behind his desk and that it was up for auction on Ebay.
Jackie talked about being on re-occurring status with GH, designing jewelry for HSN, and working on a new syndicated radio talk show which will begin in the new year. She spoke about how she has been with GH for 30 yrs, was on OLTL before that, and how she got her SAG card by being a dancing tomato in a commercial. Rick and Jackie reminisced about his start on GH and how Barbara (before she was his wife) would write little notes on the scripts that said things such as, "No tongue." As Jackie was responding to this, Rick spilled his first cup of coffee all over his gifts, and Doug used this opportunity to explain that Rick's constant spillage is a lame attempt to steal all the attention. Doug then empathized with Rick's band.
Around this time Doug interrupted to ask if anyone had gotten lost around the ship. Rick decided right there and then, he did not want to invite Doug next year because he keeps stealing his spotlight. "Boo's" from the audience were heard on that remark. We all loved Doug and being able to experience the comradeship between he and Rick.
One question was, "Did any of them have suggestions on how to improve Daytime viewership?" Doug enthusiastically jumped up! Ok...so he knows the answer! LOL The "Powers That Be" are forgetting who brings in viewers, the older demographic. He recalled a fan that told him she had started watching with her grandmother, and now her children watch - it's generational. They all agreed with Doug. He further offered the thought that the young kids are not driving story, but the story lines are written towards all the young people. "It's all the young punks like Jay", Rick said. Jackie chimed in and noted that story lines are no longer written for long periods of time. Jay added the networks don't want to spend money (I read he quit DOOL the day we got back. Not sure if that is confirmed yet or not.) All of the actors then agreed that history needs to be honored.
When will you be back on GH? Rick didn't directly answer this question but mentioned with the canvas being so full it's hard to write around his touring. "It's the hardest gig." he said.
What would be your ultimate band? John Bonham, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Paul McCartney. Rick's answer led into the story of when Rick met Sir Paul. Rick was so starry eyed and Paul was really more interested in Barbara, and Barbara was really more interested in the also present, Kevin Costner, and Kevin Costner was more interested in Rick, and all Rick wanted to say to Paul was, "Dude, you can have my wife, just let me spend 5 minutes with you." LOL
Would any of you go on Dancing With the Stars?
Jay - "You don't want to see me dance."
Jackie - "Well they just had Susan (Lucci) and she did a great job." Jackie was a dancer 30 yrs ago so you never know, she has not been asked though.
Doug - Told the story of when he had to learn a Tango for Y&R years ago. The lessons were not successful and was the only person in the dance teacher's career who was not able to dance after the lessons.
Rick - I am only dancing with a guitar wrapped around me.
Love and Marriage-How do you do it? Rick paid homage to Barbara by lovingly giving her all the credit for their marriage. (This was an awwww moment as Barbara was sitting in the theater.) Doug explained that Cindy feels sorry for him, so she keeps him around. Jackie is newly single after being married for 20 yrs and is now dating again. Doug wanted to know what happens on a date and Rick immediately wanted to know if she goes all the way on the first date....um...."NO." she emphatically responded. She told us about the some of the new things she is learning in the dating world. And well...in his own words, Jay said, "I'm a bad boy."
Do you get your fan mail at GH? "Yes." When he goes in to the set he receives it.
Rick told us when he was boarding the ship, a person not in the RS group recognized him and called him "Rick Springsteen." A fan from Wasilla, Alaska asked when he would be coming there.....NOT anytime soon he replied with a laugh and then there were some Sarah Palin jokes after that which prompted a question regarding who Rick voted for. Rick would not say, but he did say talking about politics will NOT lead to sex in his house.
Rick commented that the Lido concert the night before was a "Fly by the seat of your pants night." He was asked about favorite venues and he said it depends on the audience. Just then the ship rocked a bit and Rick said "Either we are docking or we are hitting an iceberg". Docking it was. Mexico here we come! And with that I believe the Q&A was over and it was time to hit the beach party.
The view from afar! Rick and Company were high atop the Lido Deck. Just below them was the pool and hot tubs. By the time Rick finished the first song the deck was packed wall to wall with people and the levels with the beach chairs around the deck were also full. He did dare us to jump in and a few brave souls did. lol There was a big screen that plays movies, TV and music video's during the day so even if you didn't have a good view you could still see the action. They were somewhat plugged in, no keyboards though. Derek played percussion instead, drummers took turns most notably Rodger playing with Matt on his shoulders. Ronnie got a turn too. Both Georges took a turn at guitar. A friend summed it up as a "garage band feel" and that it was. Free and unscripted. And you could see all the guys were enjoying themselves.
All cruisers on the ship were invited to this show. And I am sure some were curious about all the goings on during the cruise and they finally got a peak into it. Rick asked for an IGE girl and eventually one was found.
A different kind of set list for sure and even took a few requests.
Twist & Shout
Part of the Hustle
Love Me Do
Jesus Saves (he asked if it was ok to do this one first lol)
Jessie's Girl(this would be the last time we heard this!)
(George B, Rodger, Derek & Matt)
Friday, Nov 14th 2008
Following the Rick & John unplugged show, John Waite took the stage with Rick's band supporting him. He played all his greatest hits and some from his past bands the Baby's and Bad English. The guys all looked to be enjoying playing with John. I believe he played (please correct me if I am wrong) I Ain't Missing you, When I see you Smile and many others. John and the guys rocked the house. To find out more about John Waite check out: http://www.myspace.com/johnwaite
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Rick Springfield & John Waite unplugged w/George Nastos on guitar
I'm sure I won't get this in the order they played the songs and I will probably miss some details so leave comments!
I think we started with I Ain't Missing you from John who talked about it being about 3 women, someone he was engaged too, someone he married and Nina Blackwood (MTV VJ) was in the video?
Wasted was up next for Rick and he said he would like to talk about it but can't. Its really really not fun to talk about and he needed to leave out about 3 versus. And yes the burning question has finally been answered....A toe ring is just that....a toe ring! Both John and Rick agreed writing songs from a painful place gets good songs.
Someone asked both of them to pick a song that sums up the cruise.....both agreed "It's All Right Now" and that is the song the cruise ended on! Rick also talked about meeting Hank Marvin. How he really gets us because of it. George B also joined us to play guitar during one point in the show so John could sing but I can't remember which song it was during.
Rick played Ordinary Girl, talking about how it is about his wife and also sang Inside Sylvia. Someone handed him the lyrics for Believe in Me and he explained its about a girl named Sally from Australia, who he also used her name for in Human Touch. And he also played State of The Heart. John also played a few songs and I must have forgotten to write them down. He did talk about how he is living in Nashville now and did some work with artists there. They all really seemed to be enjoying themselves and Mark was on hand to keep things moving.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Rick Springfield & Friends Movie Night at the Palladium Lounge
Rick, Doug, Jackie, Jay and with Mark hosting kicked off Movie Night with the Butt scene from Hard To Hold. Doug especially enjoyed making fun of Rick during this clip, well actually during all the clips. I have notes from some of the clips.
The following clips were shown:
Rockford Files (Rick mentioned how nice James Garner was)
GH-old clips of Jackie-the most moving one was the BJ scene where Bobbie says goodbye to her little girl. Jackie mentioned how Brighton (the actress that played BJ was now 24 and getting married next month and Brad Maule (Tony) was teaching in TX)
GH-Drunken Dr Noah Drake's return-Rick told the black paint story-for those that don't know it.....the scene where Robin throws water on Noah and he gets up and looks at his hand....there is black paint on them. The prop dept painted them with water soluble paint and it got all over his hands. The director assured him you wouldn't see it.
Dying to Dance
Six Million Dollar Man
Loyal Opposition-Rick mentioned how he made a few movies with Joan Van Ark and she was a sweetie.
High Tide-Doug mentioned Yannick and what a great actor he was. Rick mentioned he was in Canada doing well. He also said the first season was shot in New Zealand and how cold the water was when they shot beach scenes.
Suddenly Susan-He mentioned how tall Brooke Sheilds was.
Young & The Restless-This part was too funny when Doug's clips came up he started running to the screen and jumping up and down trying to punch someone.
There were also several clips of Jackie when she was much younger in workout videos and Doug from Y&R. There were also clips from Jay, who Rick & Doug called "the kid" and really seem to like him. Doug & Rick were on a roll with each other, constantly joking around and Rick kept knocking wine over and kept threatening to moon us again. No such luck. There were still sound problems and Rick fired Matty repeatedly even though I don't think he was in the sound booth at the time. Rick was still amazed to be on the ship and loving it. The clips ran long and it was after midnight when we started so finally Rick said it was going on way too long and couldn't wait to end the torture. It ended shortly after that.
If anyone remembers more, feel free to leave a comment! Check back for more recaps of the First Annual Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise!
First show at the Palladium Lounge-
John Waite Acoustic Concert w/George Bernhardt on guitar
Rick Springfield & Full Band concert
After a warm welcome from Mark Goodman, the first show got
underway with John Waite and George Bernhardt accompanying
him on guitar. The played for about a half an hour and both seemed to be really enjoying themselves.
Rick was quite chatty and even treated us to a "moon over Miami" well not quite over Miami but Rick felt the need to drop his pants and moon us in response to the sound issues. Sorry, no pictures to share of that one. The set list was pretty standard the first night with the exception of a full IGE but I do have to say the Venus in Overdrive ROCKS live and the band just rock the house with it. This one needs to be added permanently.
Feel free to leave a comment with any details I left out! More details to come on all the cruise activities in the coming days......be sure to check back often.
(not necessarily in this order)
Affair of the Heart
Living in Oz
Venus in Overdrive
I'll Miss that Someday
What's Victoria's Secret
IGE w/actual Guitar girl
Love Is All Right Tonight
I've Done Everything for You
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Onamia, MN - Grand Casino Mille Lacs Event
Review & Picture by Jill Fahey
A two day in a row with Rick is always the best. The first night I had fellow co-worker who her and her husband have gone to a show before. We had pretty good seats the first night. I was happy I didn't go up to the stage. I wore my t-shirt that said "If found please return to Rick Springfield" and brought along the sign that said "Hey Grandpa Drake, Emma was born". With that and that the people in the front row were standing I had good view so I didn't have to raise my sign and obstruct the view of those behind me. I could sense alot of eye contact from Rick. After the second time of showing the sign, I had placed it back in my bag. A little time passed and Rick brought up to the crowd of the sign and I took it out and it got up on stage with him :)
The second night I stood up by the stage with Angie. Pretty good spot except it didn't work out to get many picture moments of DTTS. Rick was on the far (our left) of the stage and went to an elderly woman and her name and age was pretty close to Rick's mom. Than he mentioned someone was giving him finger motion for.."Come here". He was making comments and than said "kiss my ass and he pulled down his pants. He came over by Angie and I. Let Angie hold the microphone while he buttoned up his open fly and I took the moment to take a picture :) When Rick is out and about in the crowd I watched the fellas and they looked like they were enjoying to goof around. Roger banging and causing Rick to yell at him. Derek, Matt and George were doing something all by each other...who knows. Every Rick show that I go to has some sort of experience that I will never forget ...from the Rick experiences (my shirt, the sign and the hug) and to the people (the people that I have seen on the list and meeting for the first time. The people I am next to and finding out they live in my city. And to the one I met from my state and has the same name. I will never forget.
Set list includes
Affair of the heart
Living in Oz
I've Done Everything for you
Venus is Overdrive
I'll miss that someday
Love is alright tonite
Don't talk to strangers