Monday, July 12, 2010

Rick Springfield in Chippewa Falls, WI

Saturday, July 10,2010
Northern Wisconsin State Fair
Chippewa Falls, WI
Review and photo by Laura Hoppe

Rick and the band seemed in a playful mood. The entire center section was VIPs and only the people on the extreme sides were standing. Made it look kinda of funny. There was also a huge gap between the stage and the crowd. Rick did make fun of a lot of the VIPs...they tended to walk around. He said he was going to start calling people out if they got guy he said was plugging his ears. Another guy got up and RIck said "#1 or #2"...the guy held up 2 fingers and then Rick said it would be a while before we would see him again. He also had some fun with throwing pics at people that would walk back and forth in front of the front row. Security was really strict and would not allow anyone to stand up in the big space up front (which I was surprised since there were only 2 guys). They did allow people to come up and take a quick pic and go back to their seat. A couple times, people were tying to pose with Rick in the background so he ran down the stairs and gave them a great photo op. The VIP section sat until about DTTS and then they were up for most of the rest of the show. Rick had a security guard sing (as he stood above him on this rickety ledge...I swear he was going to fall and there was no one there to catch him). Also, a little 6 year old went up to sing....she was so scared and Rick said that it was "quickly turning into a life scarring" moment. He tried to get her to dance but she just stood there...finally the mom came up on stage too. I was surprised that she actually did sing when it was her moment. She had on this little fedora type hat and Rick said that her and Matt were wearing the same hat. Matt was up to his usual antics. I actually couldn't see the whole right side of the stage (Rodger, Matt or Derek) due to the speaker being in the way but I know Matt had a girl and a boy out there on stage playing tamborine. Matt also let one of the radio station guys play his bass during HT, but I don't think he really could play because Matt had one hand on the bass doing the chords while the guy strummed the bass. I could only see this part because they stood out more in the center of stage while Rick was out in the crowd. Matt also gave chair rides (there was a desk chair of some sort) to the kids after JG and before the encore. Rick seemed in good spirits and high energy. He was even dancing/hopping off the stage at the end of the show.

Set List

Mr. PC
I’ve Done Everything for You
Affair of the Heart
Living In Oz
What’s Victoria’s Secret
Celebrate Youth
Venus In Overdrive
I’ll Miss That Someday
Love Is Alright Tonight
Don’t Talk To Strangers
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie’s Girl

Wild Thing

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