Thursday, May 13, 2010


It won’t be the summer heat that will have them swooning.

The Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning has announced that Grammy Award winner and ‘80s heartthrob Rick Springfield will headline its concert series when PNC presents Springfield on the Festival’s Main Stage at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ on Sunday, July 25 at 3 p.m.

In the midst of recording what would become the quintessential pop/rock album “Working Class Dog,” Springfield’s career was launched into superstardom in 1981 in more ways than one: as Dr. Noah Drake on the highly popular daytime television drama General Hospital and atop the Billboard charts with the smash hit “Jessie’s Girl.”

That same year MTV debuted and changed the dynamic of the music industry forever. “Jessie’s Girl” hit No. 1 on the charts, “I’ve Done Everything For You” became another hit, and the following year he earned the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

“Hopefully Rick can answer the question is Jessie’s Girl a Jersey Girl?” said Howard Freeman, Executive Producer of the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. “We’re confident that the answer to where can you find a woman like that is at the balloon festival in Readington. Rick Springfield has a very loyal fan base, not just locally but globally, called ‘Rick’s Chicks’, who are a phenomenon in their own right. We’re thrilled to add him to our concert lineup to close out what will be another classic Festival concert series.”

The other headliners for the 2010 Festival are Air Supply on Friday night July 23, Hannah Montana star Emily Osment on Saturday afternoon, July 24, and George Thorogood & The Destroyers, on Saturday night, July 24.

Springfield solidified his place as the pre-eminent pop artists of the ‘80s with a succession of best selling hits, including “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, which charted at No. 2, “Human Touch” and “Affair of the Heart.” To date, he has had an impressive 17 Top 40 hits, sold nearly 20 million records, earned an American Music Award and added a pair of Grammy nominations.

He continues to record, releasing four albums and a pair of concert CDs in the past six years.

And tour, to the tune of over 100 shows a year, performing for millions of devoted fans and attracting new fans wherever he goes with his unique brand of audience interaction, unstoppable energy, and unforgettable songs that have become part of the soundtrack to people’s lives.

General admission tickets, which include Festival admission and lawn seating for the concert, are $17 in advance for adults ($25 at the gate) and $7 for children ages 4-12 ($10 at the gate). General admission for children ages 3 and under is free. Volkswagen Blue Sky Club VIP tickets, which include Festival admission, reserved concert seating, prime viewing of the scheduled mass hot air balloon ascensions along the flight line, free VIP parking, and access to private food and beverage service and executive restrooms, start at $65 (subject to change after June 1).

Tickets may be purchased by calling 973-882-5464 or online at

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