Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rick Springfield Plays Centennial Terrace

Rick Springfield
Sylvania, OH

Review & Picture by
Debbie Goldman

My sister and I drove 2 1/2 hours from Cleveland to Sylvania to see Rick at Centennial Terrace. This is an outdoor venue that doesn't have chairs as seats but benches. We found our row and watched everyone else fill in as 7:30 approached. An opening act performed and Rick finally came out around 8:30. Security was very tight and the audience was not allowed to do things they are normally allowed to do at a Rick concert, such as going closer to the stage to take pictures. Of course, Rick fans found their way closer the stage, myself included. Rick came out wearing sunglasses, which came off quickly, jeans and a flannel shirt with the sleeves rolled up. As usual, he looked amazing and rocked the venue!!

After a few songs, Rick sang "Souls," because we were in the Midwest. It was great to hear an oldie but goodie. Rick told the audience that his birthday is coming up soon and asked, "How old am I going to be?" While he was talking, he began unbuttoning his shirt and made everyone go wild. He said, "I want you to sing happy birthday to me, is that too much to ask?" So we all sang to him and he sang to himself, laughing at the same time. It was great to see him having such a good time.

When Rick wanted to change shirts, he stood behind a folding door and when the guys moved the door the sound man was standing there. Rick changed into a sleeveless black shirt and joked around about being 61. During "Don't Talk to Strangers," Rick brought up 3 girls and 1 boy, 2 of the girls were twins and Rick had a great time dancing and singing with them.

The show ended with Rick singing "Wild Thing" and "Kristina." It was another fabulous and fun show in Ohio.

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