Monday, September 21, 2009

Rick Springfield Rocked Spirit Mountain!

Spirit Mountain Casino
Grande Rhonde, OR
August 28, 2009

Review by Laurie Bennett
Photos by Susan Fortune

Like all of Rick's shows, it was fabulous! I used visiting family who lived new by as my excuse to go to this show (they didn't buy it-LOL). My 71 year old aunt went last time and wanted to go again-I'm so proud of her! She said she had a great time and even refused the earplugs I brought just in case. She was thrilled to get a few photos as well with her own camera.

The venue was in a casino, a new space from where he had played 2 years ago. This time it was indoors and a very standard flat room set up with banquet style chairs. The place was very full and close to capacity. Without Ronnie's assistance, we were unable to use large cameras with detachable lenses, but smaller cameras were allowed.

As soon as the lights went down, everybody rushed up closer to the stage, which was just the perfect height for viewing the show. The guys came out on stage, and then Rick appeared, wearing black jeans, a black sleeveless collared shirt with a red logo on the front left chest referring to his studio and the black vest we've seen at other shows, and the black converse with the studded "bling."

There were 3 or 4 rose explosions, but no guitar smashes. Several fans in one section attempted on more than one occasion to sing Happy Birthday to him, but he never joined in the song so I guess he was done celebrating at that point. Rick stood on some sort of large box in front of the stage to sing and started leaning forward. But when only one fan got the point to hold him up & help keep him standing, he kept going forward and had to purposely fall on his rear to keep from smushing said fan! PAY ATTENTION people, hold the man up when he comes towards you!

When he took the vest off, we were able to see the Red logo (Black Lagoon Studios?) on the back of his black shirt. That's when a fan threw on stage a small greenish Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Rick had lots of fun trying to keep that on top of the microphone while he sang.

At one point he unbuttoned his shirt to change into a another sleeveless black t-shirt and told us all NOT to look. Then in the middle of the shirt change, he reminded us to keep your eyes closed! Yeah, right Rick!

Security was fine, but I don't remember Rick choosing one of them for DTTS. Rick went pretty far into the audience for Human Touch. I do vividly remember his interesting new move to check "things" out during the song Wild Thing. Wow, felt like a voyeur on that one. Seems like Rick's confidence has been positively affected by his Californication filming. He gave us a great hug from stage at the end.

I believe the Set List was:

Mr. PC

What's Victoria's Secret?

Affair of the Heart

Living in Oz

I Get Excited (so very cool to have back in the set)

I've Done Everything for You

Jet (cover)


Venus in Overdrive

I'll Miss That Someday

Love is Alright Tonite

Crossroads (cover)

Don't Talk to Strangers

Love Somebody

Human Touch

Jessie's Girl


Wild Thing (cover)


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