Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rick Springfield appears on Good Day Tampa

Rick appears on Good Day Tampa to promote his show at the Hard Rock in Tampa Bay. He talks about his autobiography, his new album, the cruise, and more.

Link to Video

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Celebration on Ice-Rick Springfield on TV

From www.rickspringfield.com:

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION ON ICE
Thursday, December 24 (6p.m. ET/PT, 5C)
Bing Crosby may have dream of a white Christmas, but this year Brian Boitano and friends will be heralding in a holiday of rock and roll! Rick Springfield and REO Speedwagon perform as a star-studded cast of Olympic, World and National figure skating champions celebrate the wonders of the holiday season. The two-hour Cable Television Premiere of “Holiday Celebration on Ice” is Thursday, December 24 (6p.m. ET/PT, 5C), exclusively on Hallmark Channel.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rick Springfield in KC


December o5, 2009

The Midlands

Kansas City, MO


Review: B Dahl
Photo: B. Minett


* The Midlands is a remodeled historic theatre in downtown Kansas City . It has elaborate ceiling and wall decorations, as was popular in older theatres. Though the setting was beautiful, the ambience really didn’t suit the energy of a rock concert. A good-sized crowd was in attendance, though I’m unsure how close to a sell-out it was.

* There was an opening act, whose name I never did hear. They were fairly decent musicians, and didn’t make the wait for Rick unbearable, as sometimes opening acts can. The lead singer looked like an imitation of Rick, as he had shoulder-length hair, was wearing a suit jacket and tie with blue jeans, had on high-topped sneakers, and played guitar. The opening band played a lot of cover songs, and seemed to have a following of fans in the audience, who sang along to some of the songs I didn’t recognize.

* No screen for the opening video retrospective of Rick’s career, so the concert just began with ‘Nothing Is Ever Lost’ playing, then Rodger banging out the ‘Mr. PC’ intro.

* During the first break between songs, Rick pointed out the ray gun that was sitting on top the speakers (seen in the background of photo). He made sure that a spotlight was put on it, and explained how Mancow (a Chicago DJ) had given it to him last night (in Elgin , IL ). He said the two of them were “probably the only two guys in all of America who collect this crap”.

* He introduced ‘Jet’ by saying it was his new single out on iTunes. This is a song that Rick was meant to play live!

* After having the audience practice the Yeah Yeah portion of “Venus in Overdrive’, with the aide of two audience members holding up their YEAH YEAH signs, Rick briefly mentioned the holidays, saying, “I’m only gonna say it once: Merry Christmas!” Then he launched into the opening chords of ‘Venus in Overdrive’.

* After playing ‘Red Hot & Blue Love’ (a great new addition to the set!), Rick said that “for a two and a half minute song, it sure has so many frickin’ chords and changes”. And, he said, for some reason, people thought he only wrote songs with two chords!

* For the ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ chorus, Rick choose a few audience members up front to sing, before picking on a security guy, Ed, who he told, “Girls like that when you sing.” Then he brought a young girl on stage, and was surprised by George N bringing up another young girl from the other side of the stage. While Rick was talking to one of the girls, Matt stole away the other girl and put her on the drum stand behind Rodger. When Rick told the girls to dance, he followed the lead of the girl on stage, who was waving her arms and jumping from side-to-side. It’s amazing that he has as much energy as 10-year-old girls!

* Rick waded out into the audience for ‘Human Touch’, sans guitar and with a handheld mic. He went into rows fairly far back, but stayed mainly in the middle of the theatre, and he fell a few times while walking across the chairs. Once back on-stage, he was given a flashing Christmas-light necklace, which he wore for the final song. Earlier on in the show, someone had given him an elf hat with attached ears, which he put on, saying, “I’m not afraid to look silly” – though he only wore it briefly.

* A two-song encore – I was hoping to maybe hear ‘Wasted’ or ‘Jesus Saves’, both really rockin’ songs with which to end a high-energy show, but it was the usual cover song ‘Wild Thing’ instead, followed by ‘Kristina’ (which I always sing as “Rick Springfield, take me away…..”)

* Rick’s energy level was very high again tonite, even though early on in the concert he asked George N to bring him some tea, saying he’d screamed his voice out last night ( Elgin , IL concert). Matt and George B. were in a playful mood again tonight also, with Matt rushing forward to towel the sweat off Rick’s brow a few times. Of course, Rick then had to jokingly extend other body parts for Matt to wipe off (underarms, behind).


* Who was there: all the usual suspects - Rick on lead guitar and vocals, Derek on keyboards, Matt on bass, George B. on guitar, Rodger on drums, sound guy Mattie, guitar tech George N, and crew guy Buzz.

* What he wore: Rick had on a black vest, a short-sleeved light gray dress shirt with a white collar and rolled-up sleeves, a skinny black tie, light gray checked pants, and his black high-top shoes with the sparkly embellishments. He again wore several beaded bracelets on his left wrist and a sweatband on his right wrist. For the encore, he changed into a faded black sleeveless shirt.


Set list:

Mr. PC
What’s Victoria ’s Secret?
Affair of the Heart
Living in Oz

I Get Excited
I’ve Done Everything for You
Jet

Alyson

Venus in Overdrive
I’ll Miss That Someday
Love is Alright Tonite

Red Hot & Blue Love

Crossroads
Don’t Talk to Strangers
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie’s Girl
-encore-
Wild Thing

Kristina

Friday, December 18, 2009

2009 Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise Day 4

The Second Annual Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise
Carnival Ship Destiny
Day Four
Sunday Nov 15th 2009

The Fun Day at Sea!
First and foremost the weather was great! There was none of that rocking and rolling (well the ship anyway) that we had last year that caused so many of us to be sick! Our day didn't begin until 2:30 that day so there was plenty of leisure time!

Actors Q&A Palladium Lounge

Hosted by Mark, Rick was joined by Doug & Brandon to discuss and take questions that had been previously submitted. There were questions for all of them including Mark and they all took turns reading them.
Immediately the tone was set with the guys joking and goofing around until Mark could finally seize control of things.

The first question went to Rick-Your character on Californication is a twisted version of yourself. On a scale of 1-20 how close is it to reality? Rick quickly responded with a "pretty close" Doug also responded that hip movements go a little faster and Rick came back with "once you hit 60 its all about technique" Joking aside he did finally answer the question.....No really, very different. This was the tone of the whole Q&A so if your easily offended stop reading now! LOL

Question to Brandon (Mark injected this first part) Who did you sleep with to get the role of Johnny Z? No really how did you get the part? Jokes around about sleeping with a stage hand, cute sound guys....seriously.....He kept going in for various parts, they just didn't happen to be the right one. He commented that as soon as he printed out the audition sheet he knew it was the right part!

Question to Mark-Who has been the most difficult person to interview and why? Uh, Rick! Mark responded quickly. No really it was Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Their first time in NY and rolled in from the clubs. Mark told them that America doesn't give a s**t about them and asked if they wanted to finish the interview. I believe he said the didn't.

Rick commented at one point that most actors accept a roll because they get a call and say YES! Mark talked about how there was a casting call for a "Mark Goodman type" Apparently someone else does a better Mark Goodman because he didn't get the part.

Question to Brandon-What was the reason he changed from med school to acting? Brandon explained that he wasn't really excelling, medicine had become a back up plan and "I feel a backup plan is a plan for failure" They all agreed with this.

Question to Doug-5 songs you have on your Ipod? Next thing you know a 1970's song that Rick and Doug had written and recorded starts playing......You don't bring me......" Matty had hooked Doug's Ipod into the sound system and Rick got quite a kick out of this. (this alone might be a good reason to buy the cruise DVD!)

Question to RS- Your character from Scandalous Life vs Californication? Compare?
Scandalous Life character was very sexual, Califronication was more comedic.

Question for Mark-Do you watch MTV currently? What do you like/dislike? Like most in the room-he used to watch, now he could care less, it sucks (his words and the crowd approved). Rick commented that most kids don't know what MTV means. They talked about when Rick first went to be interviewed at MTV in NY and he thought it was a hole in the wall.

Question to Rick-Back to GH or Broadway? Rick-Taking GH to Broadway. Doug to RS-Would you ever consider returning to the #1 Soap? (meaning Y&R) Before Brandon was born.....it was joked that Rick had done a quick stint on Y&R. Rick would like to do Broadway again and wouldn't turn down a soap.

Next thing you know Brandon is running around with the sample blanket (pictures would be taken later that night for the blankets) around him as "Doug Springfield man" they all took a turn making fun of this....... next up would be the Farewell Concert.


The Fan Appreciation Concert Palladium Lounge

Hosted by Mark, the fan appreciation concert was the last show of the cruise. Mark thanked us for making this trip so amazing and he will be back next year for sure! On to the show!

After a beachy intro the entire Working Class Dog album will be performed in order! Rick and the guys worked very hard on this set! And I have to give props to the band, who never cease to amaze me with their talent. They all seemed to enjoy playing new, ok not new music but new live music. There are a couple of these songs that I hope find their way into the set lists. Richard Marx also played guitar during the set and didn't miss a beat on back ground vocals, very impressive. During Jessie's Girl, Rick talked about how the name came to be and even changed into the original jersey he had been wearing when writing the song. Keyboards were brought out for Rick to perform Inside Silvia and he really seemed to enjoy it. I don't have a lot of notes from this show as I kinda stood back and enjoyed it all so if anyone remembers any memorable tidbits please leave some comments! After the WCD songs were done Rick & Richard performed I Hear You Knocking together then a few fan favs were performed. After I'll Make You Happy Rick wanted the Squirts to play a song while he took a quick break......they wanted Richard to join them and he did. After they played Don't Mean Nothing Rick reemerged wearing......yes a KILT! From what I have heard it was given to him by the Scottish fans on board and was dared to wear it. With that Wild Thing was played as the last song and the show was over. There was a Farewell cocktail party after the show but we got there late and I don't have much to report from that so if anyone has any good stories, please leave comments!



Set List:
Love Is Alright Tonight
Jessie's Girl
Hole In My Heart
Carry Me Away
I've Done Everything for You
The Light of Love
Everybody's Girl
Daddy's Pearl
Red Hot & Blue Love
Inside Silvia
I hear You Knocking-with Richard Marx
Jesus Saves
WVS
Who Killed R&R
I'll Make You Happy

The Squirts with Richard Marx-Don't Mean Nothing

Encore:
Wild Thing with Rick in a Kilt

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New (old) Music

From http://www.melodicrock.com/
COMING UP ON FRONTIERS RECORDS:
Rick Springfield's next release will debut February 26 on Frontiers Records. The album features songs from the vault (some previously released under Sahara Snow and some exclusive unreleased tracks and demo versions), all with the common theme of being co-written with the great Jeff Silverman. Jeff and I actually cooked up the idea while working on the Rick Springfield Tribute project for Angelmilk Records - a project that unfortunately has thus far still not been released (but I hope will be in 2010!).
One example is the original demo of Religion Of The Heart with alternate lyrics. More info shortly...

Rick Springfield Rocked Elgin

Rick Springfield plays
the Hemmens Cultural Center
Elgin, IL - December o4, 2009

Review by B. Dahl
Photos by B. Minett
* The theatre seemed to be filled almost to capacity, from the floor seats to the balcony, despite the cold and snowy weather outside.

* The concert began with a video retrospective of Rick’s career – I never tire of seeing this, and am still hoping they decide to put it out on something sometime so fans will have it as a memento to keep. After seeing all these vintage video clips, it’s only appropriate that ‘Nothing Is Ever Lost’ plays. Then Rodger began the drumming intro to ‘Mr. PC’. Such an energetic way to open the concert; it never ceases to excite me!

* Several songs into the set, Rick mentioned how when he woke up this morning, it was SNOWING outside. He said to himself, “There’s no way I’m gonna sweat on stage tonite” - brief pause with guitar playing - “But I was wrong!” He had already worked up a sweat and had to take off the suit jacket he was wearing.

* He introduced ‘I Get Excited’ by saying it was a song that Rodger “loves to hate”. During the pause between the first and second verse (where Rick used to invited a girl on-stage to sing with him - I’ve finally gotten used to hearing this song minus that stage antic), Rick said how he was surprised this song wasn’t played on “Californication”.

* Also, someone tried to hand him a beer during this song, which he used briefly as a slide. At the end of the song, Rick asked what he was supposed to do with a beer while he was playing the guitar? Then he said that’s how the roses thing got started – with someone trying to hand him roses while he was busy playing his guitar.

* Rick asked who went on the cruise, then said he recognized some in the audience as having been there. He said, “Wasn’t that the most fun you had on the water?” Then added, “Other than on a waterbed with your boyfriend….”

* He wished everyone a Merry Christmas, then corrected himself, saying “Happy Holidays – I mean Happy non-denominational-so-you-don’t-offend-anyone-and-by-the-way-I-see-you’re-an-a$$.......Merry F**kin Christmas.” Which got a roar of approval from the audience.

* When introducing ‘Venus in Overdrive’, Rick joked, saying that if anyone hadn’t got the new CD yet, “please go and get it - not that it’s any good, but because I need to buy Christmas presents for my kids!” He then went on to say how “sucky” he thought it was when performers advertise their records on stage like that, then proceeded to add “Venus in Overdrive” at the end of every thought as he continued to talk about how “classless” (Venus in Overdrive) it was to push an album on people who are there to see you (Venus in Overdrive) and how he would never do that (Venus in Overdrive). Matt was also helping in the background by saying “Venus in Overdrive” very subliminally when Rick wasn’t saying it. Rick also brought on stage an Illinois license plate that read VNUS N OD, which he said looked “really rude”.

* After having the audience practice the “Yeah Yeah” refrain for ‘Venus in Overdrive’, Rick started singing, “Dashing thru the snow…”. The audience supplied the next line, followed by Rick, then the audience again, after which Rick said that was enough Christmas music, and literally jumped into the opening of ‘Venus in Overdrive’.

* The surprise of the night for me was hearing ‘Red Hot & Blue Love’. It sounded amazing live, and I’m glad he decided to add it into the set list, after he and the band had learned it for the ‘Working Class Dog’ concert on the cruise.
* The three cover songs – ‘Fire’, ‘Crossroads’ and ‘Wild Thing’ – all highlighted Rick’s amazing guitar talents. He also displayed some awesome guitar work on the intros for ‘Affair of the Heart’ and ‘Alyson’. One of my favorite things about seeing Rick in concert is watching him play guitar.

* Before ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’, someone gave Rick an animated gingerbread man that danced and played a guitar. Rick imitated the dance movements of the toy, then said there was no way he would be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’. But the audience indicated by their response that they would like to see him on the show.

* After briefly wearing a Birthday B*tch crown that he grab from someone in the audience, catching Rodger smoking on stage, and having a few other fans sing the “don’t talk to strangers” lyrics, Rick brought a young girl named Jackie onto stage. When Rick said, “Ok, Jackie, let’s dance”, and began his funny arms-in-the-air dance moves, Jackie went down on the floor into the splits. This surprised Rick, who then tried to copy her move – but was unable to go as far down on the floor as Jackie did.

* Rick went into the audience for ‘Human Touch’, sans guitar and with a handheld mic. He didn’t seem to go too far back, but made it across both the left and right side of the auditorium.
* A two-song encore – at the end of which Rick pulled Jackie (the ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ girl) back up on stage, where she did a dance, followed by a cartwheel – so Rick also did a cartwheel. And when Jackie did a handstand – so did Rick. What a way to end an energetic concert!
* Rick’s energy level was very high tonite, with lots of jumping and leg movements, a weird donkey-kick off the drum stand, and much interaction with the audience. He seemed to be enjoying every minute on stage. Matt and George B. were also in a playful mood, joining Rick at the front of the stage and messing around with him, even giving him a ‘Melvin’ at one point! And Matt and Rodger came back for the encore wearing Hemmens Center safety vests, for some unknown reason.
* Who was there: all the usual suspects - Rick on lead guitar and vocals, Derek on keyboards, Matt on bass, George B. on guitar, Rodger on drums, sound guy Mattie, guitar tech George N, and crew guy Buzz (snapping photos from the sidelines).
* What he wore: Rick came on-stage wearing a black suit jacket, black pants, white dress shirt with a skinny black tie, and his black high-top shoes with the sparkly embellishments. He had several beaded bracelets on his left wrist and a few braided string bracelets on his right wrist along with his black sweatband. He took off the jacket after a few songs, revealing the rolled-up sleeves of the short-sleeved dress shirt. For the encore, Rick changed into his black sleeveless shirt with the spider design.
Set list:
Mr. PC
What’s Victoria ’s Secret?
Affair of the Heart
Living in Oz
I Get Excited
I’ve Done Everything for You
Fire (Jimi Hendrix cover)
Alyson
Venus in Overdrive
I’ll Miss That Someday
Love is Alright Tonite
Red Hot & Blue Love
Crossroads
Don’t Talk to Strangers
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie’s Girl
-encore-
Wild Thing
Kristina

Monday, December 14, 2009

Rick Springfield to Pen Memoir

Rick Springfield, Grammy-Award-Winner Recording Artist And General Hospital’s Dr. Noah Drake, To Write Memoir for Touchstone Fireside

(December 14, 2010) Grammy-Award-Winner, singer, songwriter and actor, Rick Springfield has signed with Stacy Creamer, Vice President and Publisher of Touchstone Fireside, a division of Simon & Schuster, to write his memoir. Springfield is best known for his 17 top 40 hits including his now classic #1 song, Jessie’s Girl, his role on ABC’s hit day time drama General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake and a wickedly twisted version of himself on the Showtime hit series Californication. Late, Late at Night shares the extremely candid story of Springfield’s initial rise, subsequent fall and his rise again in the music and entertainment business as well as his life long battle with depression. Creamer acquired world English, first serial, and audio from Steve Fisher at APA. Touchstone will publish in October 2010. Aussie Springfield will be published in Australia by Simon and Schuster.

“Many of the things I have had to face in my life are universal issues; my lifelong battle with depression, fear of failure, self doubt and my journey to overcome these,” commented Mr. Springfield. “There have been ups and downs in my life, and reaching the milestone of my 60th birthday made me want to tell my story finally and honestly. I seized the opportunity to tell my story in my own words, so those who may be going through similar things in their lives, can take my experiences, grow from them and hopefully have a good laugh along the way.”

"As a longtime fan, I was naturally interested in Rick Springfield's memoir,” said Ms. Creamer, “Reading his pages I was instantly taken with his great voice, great stories, and charmingly self-deprecating wit. His utterly candid discussion of the serious depression he's battled throughout his life is both chilling and inspiring. With Late, Late At Night, you'll really have to add 'writer' to Rick's already impressive rock star/actor status."

To date, Rick Springfield has sold over 19 million records. His most recent studio album, Venus in Overdrive, released in July 2008, debuted on the Billboard chart at #28; his highest chart position since the mid 80’s. He maintains an active touring schedule, playing 90 to100 high-energy shows per year across the country. His tour dates also include a 5-day fan oriented cruise. This year, the 3rd annual Rick Springfield & Friends cruise is set to sail in November 2010. In 2005, Springfield returned to daytime TV’s General Hospital as the character he originated in the 80’s, Dr. Noah Drake as well as assuming an alternate character, Aussie rocker Eli Love. More recently, Springfield appeared on a 4 episode ARC on Showtime’s hit show Californication’s 3rd season.

Springfield’s official website, www.rickspringfield.com, is the home for his incredibly active fan base. He also has a strong online following on MySpace, Facebook and Twitter and even has his own official Rick Springfield iPhone app.

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at simonandschuster.com.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2009 Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise Day 3

The Second Annual Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise
Carnival Ship Destiny
Day Three Saturday Nov 14th 2009

Beach Party @ Playa Mia
Cozumel, Mexico


Unlike last year when there was an early event the day of the beach party there were none this year so it made for a relaxing morning! Yes we actually had some down time! But before we knew it, it was time to head to the buses for the beach party. Would it be improved from last year I am sure we all wondered????

We arrived at Playa Mia to find a raised stage, unlike last year and of course people were already staking their claim for front row. We decided that food and some beach time were in order and enjoyed the day before the show would begin. Mark welcomed us to the second annual beach party and the show was to begin. Rick commented on how much more fun it has been than the previous year and how happy he was to have his "friends" even though Richard stole his best friend and is now looking for a new one! Rick threatened to throw Matty in the ocean if he didn't get the sound right.

Rick and the guys started off with some surf/beachy music and then talked about how 3 Scottish guys came up to him at dinner the night before and gave him a kilt. So I believe that is where the promise to wear the kilt came from....Oh Well was next and more props to Richard Marx and his new BFF Doug Davidson, the band for how well they have played, especially for not having rehearsed at all. Milky Way was up next even though he commented he had played it last year. The Here Comes the Sun/LS medley was up next and is very cool to hear live. Next thing Rick noticed that Ronnie was on stage, so he proudly announced him. It was really nice to see Ronnie back. Rick asked for requests and Wasted it was. Rick mentioned that Brandon & Richard would be joining him shortly as would Doug because he was Richards new BFF. Next thing you know there is a harmonica and Love Me Do with some really great vocals by Matt. State of The Heart was requested next and Rick graciously complied.

A couple of
lines of Brick House as a teaser before Brandon was invited to join Rick. Chuck Berry's No Particular Place To Go was performed with Brandon on both vocals & harmonica. Rick was quite impressed with him. Gloria was next with some Rick banter about the guys, Californication and a red speedo.


Rick asked for the guitar to be tuned so that Richard could join them. Richard thought it would be a good time to do some of the theme to the Love Boat with audience participation. Richard decided on a blues song (and if anyone knows what the name of it was please post a comment!) next he did a song by his best friend (other than Doug), the lead singer of Vertical Horizon, Everything You Want.


Of course Doug was not to be left out........after chants from the crowd for Doug, he made his way down from the terrace that the families were watching the show from. Rick an
d Doug continued their comedy routine they are now so famous for and started talking about pajamas. I believe Rick wants a PJ night, he asked the crowd who had cool PJ's and decided to share that Ronnie has those pjs that come with a night cap..... Doug doesn't really sing.....Since this is the only song Doug knows according to Rick they would play I Want You to Want Me. The last song would be Twist & Shout and Rick complimented his band and off to the water he went!


Set List:
Surf music
Oh Well
Under the Milky Way
Here Comes The Sun/Love Somebody
Wasted
Love Me Do
State of the Heart
Brick House (part)
Chuck Berry's No Particular Place To Go- Brandon on vocals & Harmonica
Gloria-w/Rob Kos on Bass
Love Boat Theme (Rich
ard Marx-part of)
A Mess of Blues -Richard Marx
Everything You Want (RM-Vertical Horizon song)
I Want You to Want Me-RS & Doug
Twist & Shout
Money-The band


The Piano Bar Sometime after midnight

The photo session scheduled for that night was in the Criterion Lounge which just happened to be next to the Piano Bar. Shortly after the photo session was over Rick, Doug, Brandon and some of the families joined us there. Rick & Doug immediately went to join Brad, the host of the piano bar. Superstition was the first song of choice for Rick, while Doug passed around the tip jar. Some of the songs were just sung in part, others with made up lines and some with the help of the crowd. Rick was greatly disturbed by the Ken doll that was riding the fish on top of the piano, I believe the word mangina was mentioned....sorry that is all I am saying about that one! lol The Stripper song was played when Rick couldn't decide on a song and looked through the request book and Brandon joined Rick for an awesome version of Imagine, Rick on vocals, Brandon on the Piano. Brandon then took a turn on the harmonica during I Saw Her Standing There.

Set list:
Superstition
Let It Be
Bennie & The Jets
Your Song
The Stripper Song
Shoulda known better
Imagine-Brandon on Piano, RS vocals
I Saw Her Standing There-Brandon on Harmonica
Wasted

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2009 Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise Day two-Part 2

The Second Annual Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise
Carnival Ship Destiny
Day Two
Friday Nov 13th 2009-Part 2

Richard Marx Concert with special guest Rick Springfield
Palladium Lounge

Mark welcomed us to Richards set. Richard Marx was joined by The Squirts-Matt B, George B, Rodger and special guest on keyboards, Rick Springfield. Richard Marx was quite impressed with the band! He gave them big props for learning all his songs but did comment that the keyboards sounded a bit weak and thanked the crowd for the warm reception.

Before playing Hazard he commented that "
a song he tthought was the worst thing he’d ever written, but his wife loved it and so did the fans, it became one of his biggest hits" He also joked that it was from his huge mullet days and the Dick jokes once again started when he mentioned that the other Dick had one too. Who had it first was tossed around and it was decided that Rick was older so he must be the first Dick to have one. During one of the ballads, (my notes are a bit fuzzy here. lol) Richard called them pussy ballads and the band took a break, union rules Matt explained. The band and Rick joined Richard for the last few songs again. It was fun to see Rick in the background, not center stage doing his thing for a change. He was bouncing around while playing the keyboards and really seemed to be enjoying himself.

Set List:
Love Goes on??? Not sure about this one

Endless Summer
When Your Gone

Angelea
You Never Take Me Dancing
Hazard
Now and Forever
Keep Coming Back to You
Over My Head
Ain’t No Sunshine
Hold on to the Nights
This I Promise You
Satisfied
Better Life (cover Keith Urban)
Should’ve Known Better
encore: Right Here Waiting


First Photo Session/Meet & Greet Criterion Lounge
Rick, Mark, Brandon, Doug and Richard

Some my friends and I were in the first photo session group. I wasn't quite sure what to expect after last year but I was very pleasantly surprised with the set up. Each celebrity was stationed with someone to take your camera and picture, and another to hold your stuff while you met each one. They were all very gracious and made sure a picture was taken and you got your signed photo provided for you. If you were quick you even got a few words with each. After meeting all the celebrities you went around the corner and you had your minute with Rick. It was actually quite organized and I think most if not all were happy with it.

Rick Springfield Lido Deck Concert
Lido Deck 1
1:30 pm

After our formal captain's dinner it was time to head to the Lido deck where everyone on the cruise, not just the Rick fans would be treated to an outdoor, under the stars concert. All the celebrities were there and really seemed to be enjoying it as much as we did. Rick joined us still wearing his tux and bow tie from our formal dinner! We would be treated to almost all covers during the show with appearances by Richard, Brandon & Doug. The entire band was up on stage hanging out playing various instruments during the show too! I know I even saw Ronnie playing drums at one point.

The show started with Crossroads and then into a slightly different bathtub version of Gloria
describing how he was in the bathtub when she rang the bell, and then because he has a man crush on Richard Marx, he joined into the bathtub, then Doug comes in and wants to join and wow Gloria is getting pretty kinky – 2 Dicks in a tub plus Doug! Next up was part of Pretty Woman and this is when Rick decided much to George N's astonishment to toss his guitar into the pool below. Lucky there was a net covering it! Rick introduced Richard Marx and said that since they didn't have time during his set he should play It Ain't Nothing and Rick joined in on tambourine. Brandon was invited up next to join in on a Rolling Stones song. Doug not to be out done by the musicians in the group made his way to the mic to join in I Want You To Want Me, since its the only song he knows (Ricks words I believe). To add my own two cents here I really enjoyed that ALL the celebrities participated in ALL the events this year. Even when they didn't need to be at one they were all in the audience enjoying the performances!

Set List:

Crossroads
Gloria (bathtub version)
Superstition
Don't Mean Nothing-Richard Marx
Souls
Pretty Woman
All Over Now (with Brandon)
I Want You To Want Me (w/Doug)
Come Together
You Really Got Me

Monday, November 30, 2009

Upcoming TV Listings for Rick Springfield

Dying To Dance
LMN
Sunday, Dec 6th 6am EST

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-




Holiday on Ice
Hallmark Channel
Mon Dec 7th 6pm est
If you missed it the first time, you have a second chance to see it!

REO Speedwagon and Rick Springfield perform in this holiday-theme skating exhibition. Also performing: Brian Boitano; Jeffrey Buttle; Michael Weiss; Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon; Jozef Sabovcik; Shae Lynn Bourne; Elvis Stojko; Steven Cousins; Caryn Kadavy. Taped Nov. 19 at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rick Springfield to perform in Sweden!

Confirmed on www.rickspringfield.com

June 11, 2010
Sölvesberg, SE
Sweden Rock Festival

http://www.swedenrock.com/index.cfm?pg=1&pr=0

Sunday, November 22, 2009

2009 Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise Day two-Part 1

The Second Annual Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise
Carnival Ship Destiny
Day Two
Friday Nov 13th 2009-Part 1
Review & Pictures by Rosie Malthaner

We had a little leisure time Friday morning before our events for the day would start. First up.....

Rick Springfield & Richard Marx Unplugged
Palladium Lounge

Hosted by Mark Goodman Rick & Richard each performed a few songs and answered questions submitted before the cruise.

Mark once again welcomed us and asked how we liked Movie Night, a round of applause for that. He promised a great day of music ahead. Then he introduced Rick & Richard but before we would get started there would be some give aways. The prizes included a SDAA nit cap, one of a kind. A Japanese school jacked that Rick bought in Japan, Mark insisted it hadn't been dry cleaned but Rick assured us it was. A neckless from the VIO days. And last but not least the GH tag that Rick wore on The Ellen show for Halloween where he dressed as Dr Drake. He admitted he stole the tag! He joked you could get into hospitals wearing it and even perform brain surgery. And he even commented he better not see it on Ebay.

Rick introduced his good friend, Richard. Rick told us how they had just rehearsed some of Richard's set and hoped everyone would stick around for it. It would be amazing he promised. Mark had walked off stage for a minute and Rick was momentary confused as to what they were going to do but Richard set him straight! Since Rick was the host he should go first Richard assured him. Rick launched into Speak to the Sky. Rick commented that would be the comedy song. Richard said playing with Rick Springfield and his band spells fun and Rick reminded him that we all had a "fun pass".

Richard was unsure what to do first since we would be hearing most of his major hits later in the day but he said he would do something a little different with them. Endless Summer acoustically was great! Richard was very happy that the audience sang the chorus back to him. Rockin isn't it? Rick reminded.

Mark had to remind them it was a Q&A not T&A! Richard remarked he doesn't do comedy. But today would prove otherwise. Richard commented that it was the "Dick squared cruise". "Hey what did you do last week? Go on a cruise with a couple of Dicks" They would play off of this for the rest of the cruise. Mark asked if Richard was "Dick 1 or Dick 2?" Richard chose 2 as he is younger. He decided that made him "Little Dick" and Rick realized it make him "Big..... I don't think so he said, you saw me in red underwear, you make the decision"

Mark moved on to business after that and reminded us that it would be questions already submitted that would be asked and when they called your name to stand up. The first question was for Richard-Which comes first the music or the lyrics and explain why. Richard joked that he doesn't write any of his songs. All of his songs and may of Ricks are written by Regis Philbin and Rick added Diane Warren. Seriously Richard said its the music 99% of the time and proceeded to play Endless Summer Nights and mumbled the lyrics as an example.

Next questions for Rick-Do all songs have a real life basis? "No I just make it up" Seriously yes and he told the Jessie's Girl story about how and why he misspelled Jessie's Girl. His wife was wearing the original jersey with the name on it that day. He joked a bit more but then answered the question that yes they are all real life based. All songs are really written from a dark perspective. SDAA was probably the darkest record he had ever written. Ordinary Girl was about his wife, you remember the ordinary stuff. Rick and Richard commented on how Gary's Girl didn't sing so well. Mark tried to go onto another question but Richard reminded them that Rick was going to play Ordinary Girl. Its the simple and silly things that make up the song. Richard commented that many of the stupid things he has done are things his wife would like to forget.

Question to Richard aka Little Dick-How did working with Jason from Lifehouse and Chris Daughtry go? Richard talked about working with Chad from Nickleback in Canada and Rick and Richard went off making a bit of fun of Canada, in a good natured way. Richard talked about how he went to Canada to work with Lifehouse to work on songs. And there is a new album coming out soon. He then sang a bit of the new song, Everytime may be the title but I am not sure. He had a great time and hoped to do it again. A Rick commented there would be a song in Richards set later that he had written with another Aussie. Mark followed up with a question for both of them asking how its to work with someone else, its kinda like dropping your draws, is it an uncomfortable thing? Rick-Its a little embarrassing, he doesn't work much with others, insecurities. VIO with Matt was amazing and it clicked. Richard works mostly alone-co writes with other artists for their albums. You need to turn the ego off. Rick says its the most terrible and most wonderful. Richard is just afraid of sucking.

Question to Rick-Who is Allyson? Richard commented this is one of his favorite RS songs. Rick went on to explain she was a famous Aussie singer and her husband was the producer of Zoot and he met her when he was 21. A guilty pleasure. And he is really sorry he didn't change her name. He usually changes the names and it was very public in Australia. Living in Oz is all about dealing with fame. Richard & Rick went on to play the chorus of Allyson.

Question to Richard-What is behind the name of Angelea? It was written as a piece of music on his first big tour in the late 80's (show off RS said to RM) all I had was the music and I knew it was a sad song about a girl that left me. I wanted a girls name, he hadn't written a song with a name. Everyone had done it! He was in a plane flying to TX somewhere and the flight attendant came up to him and her name tag said Angelia. He thought it was a great name. She doesn't know its about her. Richard joked she tried to sue him and Rick commented that Victoria Secret tried to sue him. Richard wanted to know what happened. Someone from the record company took it to them and they said no, we are not using it for a commercial and we may sue him! Nothing came of it. And that lead to the Kristina story. The song that Jim Vallence started writing. He wrote it as Jamaica first. Rick took it and made it into Kristina. And then he played part of it. When Jim Vallence heard it he said it was a life changing thing for him to see what Rick did with it. That led to a discussion of Areosmith as Jim has written for them and they talked about the impending break up.

Have they every written together? Yes! Wildlife-reggae vibe. When they first met. Just because they are decent songwriters doesn't mean they will write good together they joked. Richard went to Rick's house and Richard thought his park sucked. They joked how bad it sucks. They really need to write again they agreed. That led to a chorus of "two dicks at sea...." started by Rick, RM had a hard time coming up with a second verse so off to the next question.

What was the most difficult song to write? (To both of them) Rick-Simple, My Fathers Chair. It took him 3 years to write it and when he sat down he wrote it in like 2 hours. For Richard it was also about his dad. He wrote some music and new it needed to be about his dad. It was written about a year ago. He talked about losing someone and finding a place for loss. He also talked about writing with Luther Vandross and how incredible it was. The last song he wrote before his stroke was Dance with My Father.

Rick talked about Mancow, a DJ in Chicago. Richard really doesn't like him! Rick said he was a friend of his and Richard commented he was sad for him. Richard told him he would be his friend, he can replace Mancow with him. Richard joked that their passes that said RS and Friend were misprinted and he was really the "friend" not Doug Davidson! Doug is telling everyone its him. Richard is his friend and Doug is out after 30, he is so done with him. How cute is Doug really he asked us? Rick then played My Fathers Chair.

Question for Richard-For Better or Worse was a favorite, what do the lyrics really mean?
Richard commented he doesn't like to say what songs are really about. He really likes it when people interpret his songs differently. He loves when they miss interpret his songs. Rick commented they sometimes come up with better lyrics. He has written songs about his beautiful wife of 20 yrs, after 20 yrs he has learned a lot.

Question for Rick-What is Victoria's Secret? If you listen I'm still asking the question. Its about the mystery of women, the "ugh" in women. He then sings a chorus of a song about his wife.

Richard hadn't thought of it until now but he starts to play and sing Love Somebody, second verse sung by Rick, then together. Rick talks about how he wrote LS about Patti Hansen. Keith Richards was worried about Rick during the filming of Hard To Hold. He came to check out the set and all Rick wanted to do was hang with him.

Richard asks who was here last year and plays "I ain't Missing You"Richard commented on how Tina Turner recorded the song too. That launched them into a bunch of famous impressions singing the song. RM-Tina Turner, RS-Willie Nelson, RM-Julio Englasis-RS- his Mom, RM-Paula Abdul. Richard asks Mark for another question at this point. And Mark asks if there are anymore impressions. Richard feels the need to do If you Turn Back Time by Cher. Mark tires to get control back at this point but Richard has one more in him.....

Question for Richard-Have you ever written with or for someone else and wished you had kept it for yourself? Not really, it's for them, kinda like being a surrogate mother Rick adds. Is there one that you gave away that you thought you could have done it better Mark asks? No not really Richard said. They also talked about the upcoming set with Richard and that Rick would be playing keyboards. The talked about how amazing Rick's band is. Rick joked that he wanted his keyboards set up right next to Richards mic which prompted Richard to launch into -"should have known better than to let Rick play for you. Rick-He only knows 2 cords."

Question to Rick-What is the story and will you play Written in Rock. Barbara and he were still dating and not married yet and coming back from Doug's wedding. They had a fight and broke up one the way home for the 15th time. Rick thought it was for good. He has never played it live before, Richard joined in. Richard wants to know if he gets props for knowing the harmony! Loud cheers.

Question for both Richards (both Dicks): Are your children following in your footsteps? Richard has 3 boys, the Marx brothers. Brandon 19, Lucus 17 and Jesse 16. Brandon and Lucus are both into music and love it. Jesse (spelled correctly by the way) has perfect pitch and plays drums, he wants nothing to do with the music business. Rick's boys-Liam is 23 is a comic and actor and amazing musician, has written a one person play. Josh 20 is in college and is into video games, a drummer but not really into the whole music thing.

Rick comments that the only thing he has ever truly been good at is being a dad! Toughest job you will ever love Mark adds. Richard remarks how he was at a benefit performance that his kids were at and afterward he got a text from one of his boys"Your a total bad ass". Rick reminds us that Richard show is coming up next. Mark tells us to stick around! Richard thanks us and on to the next show!

Set list:
RS-Speak To the Sky
RM-Endless Summer
RS-Ordinary Girl
RM-Everytime (Not sure of the correct title on this one) Lifehouse
Both-Chorus of Allyson
RM-Angelea
RS-Kristina
RM-Through My Veins - Song about his dad
RS-My Fathers Chair
RM-Better or Worse - Song about his Wife
Both-Love Somebody
RS-Written In Rock

Upcoming TV Listings For Rick Springfield

Californication
SHOWTIME
Sun Nov 22nd 2009 10pm EST
(double check your local listings at www.tvguide.com)
I believe this may be the last episode of Rick's 4 episode arc.

Episode: Mr Bad Example
Later, Hank gets up close and personal with campus security when a distraught Charlie storms the college in search of cocaine for high-maintenance client Rick Springfield (RICK SPRINGFIELD). Felicia flexes her power to help save Hank from his own bad judgment. Meanwhile, Karen encourages Becca to make amends with Chelsea. As Marcy becomes increasingly infatuated with coke fiend Rick Springfield, Charlie valiantly tries to protect her from a relapse, jeopardizing his agent/client relationship in the process.

Holiday on Ice
NBC
Sun, Nov 29th 4pm est
REO Speedwagon and Rick Springfield perform in this holiday-theme skating exhibition. Also performing: Brian Boitano; Jeffrey Buttle; Michael Weiss; Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon; Jozef Sabovcik; Shae Lynn Bourne; Elvis Stojko; Steven Cousins; Caryn Kadavy. Taped Nov. 19 at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009 Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise Day One

The Second Annual Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise
Carnival Ship Destiny
Day One
Thurs Nov 12th 2009
Review & Pictures by Rosie Malthaner

The first day or I should say evening on the ship was jam packed with events. Boarding the ship, lunch and checking in for our wristbands that we would need to wear for the duration of the cruise. The first event of the evening would be the Welcome Aboard Concert.

Welcome Aboard Concert
Palladium Lounge

Mark Goodman welcomed us to the second annual cruise and promised it would be the best time ever. Mark said that Movie Night would be must see TV and gave a disclaimer that it was for mature audiences, there would be adult language, sexual situations and nudity which was met with cheers from the crowd. After drawing the winners for the Sunday night front row seats, the show quickly got underway with beachy music leading into Rodgers drum intro.

Rick launched into the standard show starter of Mr PC. There wasn't much talking until after he played part of Sea Cruise and introduced "My Good Men" He mentioned that this year it really was Rick Springfield & friends as they really are his good friends. He went on to joke that Richard was 85, Doug was 12 or 13 and Brandon was the young stud, who he was sure would be his good friend and of course Mark. All the guests met with loud cheers and applause. Little did we know at that time how great they would all get along!

After I've Done Everything, Rick talked about how much they are looking forward to performing WCD in its entirety, in order and for the first time ever. Richard Marx would play with them as well and Rick would play during his set. Jet was introduced as their new single and always rocks the house. Rick decided he was too hot in his grey shirt with black vest and skinny black tie so we were treated to some stripper music and a shirt change. He asked us if we had gotten our luggage yet or the goodie bags, some baggage had been delivered but we hadn't gotten our great goodie bags yet!

Rick told us how hard they all had been working on rehearsing the WCD stuff and were going to give us a sneak preview of a song he had never done live.....Red Hot Blue Love! And they blew us away with it. After DTTS there was a little break and Rick broke out the harmonica and jammed to Love Me do without the vocals. Love Somebody was up next and we all know that means Human Touch will follow. Last year he did not venture into the crowd at all, would he this year? Yes indeed! He made his way through the center losing his balance and falling only once. He also ventured to the sides, climbed a bit and looked as if he was contemplating climbing up to the balcony. He though better, if only he had realized there were stairs on the side!

Back to the stage for Jessie's Girl (which much to my delight we only heard twice the whole trip. LOL) Back out for the encore shirtless!

Set List:
Mr PC
WVS
Affair of the Heart
Living in Oz
Sea Cruise (part of)
Introduction of Guests
IGE
I've Done Everything For You
Jet
Allyson
Stripper music
VIO
I'll Miss That Someday
Red Hot Blue Love
Crossroads
DTTS
Jam session with harmonica (I think it was Love me Do w/ no vocals)
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie's Girl

Encore:
Wild Thing

Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party Lido Deck

After the first show we had a bit of time to go back to our cabins, unpack (if you were lucky enough to have your luggage) and change for the cocktail party and dinner. Then we were on our way to the cocktail hour. A very different experience than last year. This year the weather cooperated and we were able to have it on the lido deck, a little windy and chilly but much better than last year. Frosty free drinks were flowing. This year there was a huge difference as well. Rick and Company were all in attendance. A major change from last year. Rick made his way through the crowd, accompanied by security and took pictures and signed autographs. While he was doing this the other celebrities also took pictures and signed autographs for the fans on one side of the lido deck. I know I took this chance to meet Brandon Barash from General Hospital who was such a sweet guy and looked genuinely happy to greet the fans. They seemed to stay quite a while before being ushered off for dinner.

Movie Night
Palladium Lounge
Rick Springfield, Mark Goodman, Doug Davidson, Brandon Barash

The first thing that was shown on the screen at Movie Night was a MA-Mature Audience Warning, parental discretion advised, nudity, adult language, sexual situations. I hope anyone that had kids on the trip with them was smart enough to put them to bed before this because I know I sure wouldn't want to have to answer the questions that Movie Night would bring. lol.

There were a few trivia questions on the screen, similar to what is shown at movies. Mark introduced Rick, Doug and Brandon and the chemistry between them was immediate. Rick quickly informed everyone no wine, no show! Someone produced a "sippy cup" for Rick since he was spill challenged last year. The next thing to air was a video clip from Gomer and one from Rick's Mom, telling us how sorry she wasn't able to make the trip due to being sick.

Next up was what we were all waiting for and what we would be missing on TV by being on the cruise this weekend. Rick's Californication clips! ALL of them! After viewing the very revealing clips, Brandon commented that he didn't know Rick very long but felt like he had known him his whole life after seeing the clips! Rick's reaction was "Wow" He was asked what it was like to play the part. He responded that it was very freeing playing against type. Doug commented that he needed to change his name to "PrickSpringfield" Its all one word now thanks to Hank on Californication. Doug also joked that Rick gave his mom the flu so that she wouldn't be here to witness all of this! The audience was asked what they thought and it was met with great cheers. Rick commented that as a professional it was very bare bones because he used his real name.

Doug's clips were up next and there was a 31 years with Young & The Restless clip. They all commented how Doug's love screens were quite different from Rick's and it was decided that was the difference between broadcast TV and cable.

Mark Goodman had a few clips up next of MTV and they were all amazed at his hair! Doug asked Mark why they made him wear a helmet on his head? It was his trademark he responded joking. They showed us a clip of Mark talking about Rick's Grammy nomination and went into the clip of his acceptance.

Clips of Wonder Woman and Human Target were also shown. Brandon's scene from GH was one with Claudia after her miscarriage. He commented that he was shot 5 times and 2 days later he was at a wedding. They all realized that they had all been on a soap at one time or another. Mark talked about his cameo on One Life To Live as a DJ.

They showed a Battle Star Galactica clip and Rick talked about how cool it was to have Lorne Greene play his father. He had grown up watching Bonanza. How may of you are old enough to know that show he asked. A Nick Night clip was meet with cheers (this would be playing quite a bit on the Rick Springfield channel the cruise line had provided on tv in our cabins for us!)

Mark had another clip up next from a show he had been in called Parker Lewis Can't Lose. A connection was made between Rick and Mark. Both had acted with the same actress. Rick in Wonder Woman and Mark in Parker Lews.

General Hospital clips from the 80's and today were show next. Brandon commented on the Bobbie clips "So that's what she used to look like!" Rick commented after the Anne, Patrick and Robin clip where he is pretending to be Eli that he isn't a rock star, he is a nuro surgeon. He also said what a great guy that Jason Thompson is.

Doug's Price is Right clips were up and he commented on how he had said that "this is not your fathers Price is Right" and he had to write a letter to Bob Barker apologizing for the comment. Mark's OLTL clips as a DJ were shown and the story of how Jessie's girl made it to #1 was told. As Rick's Legion clip was coming on he decided it would be a good time to run to the bathroom and Doug took full advantage of this to make fun of Rick's acting. Hard to Hold was our last clip of the night.

They guys all seemed to have a great time joking and making fun of each other all in good fun. The chemistry was apparent from the start and it was quite different from last year. They all played off of each other and truly seemed to be enjoying each other. This would be a theme that would carry though out the trip. We were off to a great start! It was then time to finally get some sleep. And we would need it!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rick Springfield-TV listing update

Updated TV listings for the week of Oct 26-Nov 1st


BIO
Linda Blair-Biography
Mon Oct 26 9am & 3pm est
In honor of Halloween, BIO is airing Linda Blair's biography. Catch Rick talk about his first love.




Syndicated
Fri Oct 30th
Rick Springfield is scheduled to appear on Ellen to discuss his appearances on Californication among other things. Check your local listings on www.tvguide.com

Sunday's
(check your local listings)


SHOWTIME

Californication

Rick's guest appearances continue on Showtimes's highly rated Californication. It looks like his next episode will be Nov 1st but you never know so tune in each week!

Friday, October 23, 2009

New Tour Dates For Rick Springfield

Rickspringfield.com
announced new tour dates today:

March 26, 2010
Harris, MI
Island Resort & Casino

March 27, 2010
Harris, MI
Island Resort & Casino

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rick Springfield in TV Guide

Check out Rick Springfield in the
Oct 26 - Nov 1 issue of TV Guide.

On page 42 Rick discusses his
new role on Californication.

Rick Springfield Rocks Canada!

Rick Springfield
Juice Newton
St. John’s – Oct 14, 2009
Mile One Centre
Review by: Daniel Martin

Whether the dramatic build-up to Rick Springfield’s explosive 90 minute set last night at Mile One Centre was the result of chance or not, it worked perfectly. Minutes before surprising warm-up act Juice Newton & the Regenerators took the stage, a local radio host was up there announcing there was a slight problem. The 2,500 or so in attendance gasped in unison, then uttered a sigh of quasi-relief as the MC advised them not to worry, it was only a minor delay. RickSpringfield had decided that morning to accept an invitation to appear on Oprah – an invitation that, admittedly, no one can decline – and had taken a late flight into the Newfoundland capital. We all knew the weather was too bad for a flight to land at St. John’s airport. So what had happened? Dr. Noah Drake’s flight was re-routed over 3 hours away to Gander. The star of the evening was in a taxi en route to Mile One Centre. We collectively worried about the nasty weather –snow, sleet, high winds – and the ever-present army of moose lurking roadside.

Not to worry we were told, we would be well entertained whilst we waited for the arrival of Rick, torch bearer of the great lost art of the straight-ahead pop rock, that was a force on the charts in the early portion of the 1980’s.

Shortly thereafter, an unrealistically young looking Juice Newton took the stage with her incredibly tight and rock solid, if mainly motionless, band of mostly heavy-set, grey haired dudes. The set opened with a pair of more recent songs that didn’t get the crowd overly enthused but were good nonetheless. Her amazing teal colored DanElectro guitar was eye catching in the early moments. The show really took off minutes later when she performed a 2-ballad medley of “Hurt” and “Break it to Me Gently” that featured shockingly powerful vocals. She still has the voice. The crowd was instantly won over. The momentum waned only slightly over the next 2 or 3 songs but the crowd warmed up to her, thanks in part to her slightly loopy in-between song banter. But at this point one had to wonder if she wouldn’t be better off playing those two big hits everyone came to hear and just getting it over with. Only that’s when she pulled out the unexpected 1-2 punch of “Cheap Love” and “Love’s Been a Little Bit Hard on Me”. Well, well, she DOES have other great songs. A fast-paced block of 5 songs followed and featured more jaw-dropping vocals. She totally had the audience in her back pocket by the time she closed out the opening set with “Angel of the Morning” and an inspired, high-energy version of
“Queen of Hearts”. The crowd was on its feet, their anxiety appeased, perhaps willing to wait a bit longer for the main event of the evening.

The MC came out to inform us that the headliner was on his way, safe, but not yet arrived. We were then treated to a brief set from a local cover band. Their name was Blue Eyed Blonde but on this night they were the Gap Fillers. They did a respectable job but this wasn’t their night and as such, the high point of their set was when they announced, “We’ve just been told we have one more song…you know what that means!” Just over 20 minutes after that, the stage was ready and the house lights went down. But Sir Rick was not done creating tension in the room. We stood through an entire song on the PA system and a brief montage of song clips and sound
effects until HE finally took the stage.

Rick Springfield is exactly 60 years old. This fact alone is astonishing as he first appears before our eyes. They guy looks no older than 38. No hair loss, very few wrinkles, and a slim yet buffer physique than in his early 80’s heyday. He’s been hitting the gym pretty hard and if he’s had any work done on his face, the surgeon did a fantastic job. It looks natural. He easily still fits into his old stage attire and no, he hasn’t changed his wardrobe in the least. Untucked button-up shirt with sleeves ripped off, fitted sleeveless leather vest, fitted black trousers and black shoes. Early 80’s rock dude in the house. But can he still play, sing? 30 seconds into the opening number, a recent track called “Mr. PC”, the answer is a resounding YES. Two things are apparent now: this is one surprisingly great song and man, Rick’s band is unbelievable. Is that Matt Bissonette on bass? Why, yes it is! Rodger Carter on drums? Again, yes! And though I don’t know the guitarist and keyboardist by name, they are equally virtuosic. Springfield is wise to surround himself with such a solid supporting cast. Their awe-inspiring 3-way backing harmonies allow the leading man to shine without blowing out his voice or over-straining. These guys replicate all the backing vocals from the recordings with amazing precision. And their playing is brilliant. This clearly adds to the overall concert experience.

After “What’s Victoria’s Secret?”, another solid selection from his most recent release, comes our way, we expect nothing less than a string of classic cuts. Dr. Drake delivers the goods, as first the instantly recognizable keyboard intro for “Affair of the Heart” booms through the big speakers. Great version. He follows with 82’s “I Get Excited”, introduced with “I bet when this song came out you were all too young to know what it was really about, but now you probably know”. Then ensues the unheralded Sammy Hagar classic to which Springfield gave new life, “I’ve Done Everything For You”, and the room is now ON FIRE. The already breathless crowd is floored by a fourth consecutive smash, “Allyson” from the “Living in Oz” album.

All the songs are delivered with incredible precision from the band and much passion from Springfield. I guess when the tunes are that good you don’t get At this point I’m expecting a break and a few tracks from his newest record, “Venus in Overdrive”. But instead he introduces, “A song written by somebody else, someone we really love.” The band then bursts into a stunningly powerful rendition of the McCartney & Wings classic “Jet”. The lead and back vocals are sickeningly good and the band sounds HUGE.

We are then treated to a pair from the aforementioned new release. He knows that’s not what we’re there for and he acknowledges, “We have a new album and any song we play tonight that you don’t recognize is, well, from that one.” Just before the energy level starts to dip the band breaks into an uber-heavy version of “Love is Alright Tonight”, the opening track from the 1981 classic “Working Class Dog”. The roof almost blows off the arena and it is unclear whether it’s the tornado-level winds outside or this 5-man rock machine on stage The evening wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of gourmet cheese and Springfield delivers as he sits on the edge of the stage, surrounded by screaming ladies, pounding out a bluesy solo with, at times, impressive fretboard dexterity (you mean to tell me he looks that good, can sing really well, write pop rock classics AND shred on guitar?!), followed by a short cover version of Crossroads”. Does Clapton do this song? I bet Springfield’s guitar playing is better. It’s less boring for sure. The bluesy interlude is thankfully short-lived. However, at this point all in attendance have taken such a liking to the ultra charismatic frontman, with his perfect mix of rock god poses and goofball antics on stage, that he can do no wrong. I can walk the walk, talk the talk, but I don’t take myself that seriously.

Witness: At one point, he mentions that it might be cold as hell outdoors, but it’s getting damn hot up onstage. The guitar tech then runs out with a sleeveless t-shirt and Springfield asks the ladies in attendance to close their eyes while he changes. It was just an excuse to reveal a chiseled upper body. Seconds later the black sleeveless T is slipped on and the show rolls on.
Then comes a laid-back version of “Don’t Talk to Strangers”. For this song only, the band shifts into a looser mode, yet they are so good they can toy around with this crowd favorite without diminishing it. This is when the audience-participation portion of the show begins. Rick is down in the crowd trying to coax a 70-year old lady to sing along with him. He says, “This lady is like, who IS THIS GUY? Is that Noah Drake?……..Yes, it is.”

Another massive keyboard intro. It’s the opening notes of “Human Touch”. During the extended version of the ’83 single, he roams through the entire audience, up rows of seats and across the floor on chairs. At one point he passes only a couple of rows up from us and that’s when I get visual confirmation that he is a freak of nature. He looks like a kid, even from real close. After a series of female embraces, he makes his way back to the stage to finish the song and blasts into “Love Somebody”, the last major smash single of his early 80’s chart You can sense that the set is coming to a close and the inevitability of what comes next is palpable. “Is it that time yet?”, he interjects, as he chugs out the opening riff for “Jessie’s Girl”. The crowd is going completely berserk. I liked how tight the song was performed, how faithful it was to the original. The most highly anticipated moment of the evening was delivered with the utmost respect. The band pours every ounce of their high level of skill into these few minutes.

The house lights don’t come back up so we know we’re in for an encore. Dim red lighting covers the stage and ambient sounds emanate from the PA. Rick returns for a so-so rendition of “Wild Thing”. Admittedly not the most inspired choice of covers, but at this point we don’t care, we’ve already gotten our money’s worth and then some. He closes with a monster rendition of “Kristina” from 82’s “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet”. No, apparently it hasn’t. On this bitterly cold and slushy October night on the East Coast, Springfield and his bandmates delivered in a huge way. They came to rock and we are grateful.