Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sterling Heights, MI review

Review by Laurie Bedigian/Photos by Mike Gerken

The heat was on last Thursday, August 11th at the Freedom Hill Amphitheater in Sterling Heights, MI. It was time again for what could be considered an annual event - the WOMC 80's fest featuring our musical hero, Rick Springfield.

This year, Rick was joined by Jack Blades and Night Ranger. Also on the ticket were Detroit's favorite sons, the Romantics.

On one of the hottest days and evenings this summer, Rick took the stage for over 90 minutes of music and fun. It was clear that our guy was as warm as the rest of us, but that didn't stop him. Dressed in black shorts and a Ramones t, Rick told the audience that he was "even sweating back stage."

This was a traditional full band show which included some old favorites and some new songs from the "Rocket Science" record. He opened the show with a new song - "Light This Party Up" which was followed by "I've Done Everything For You" and "I Get Excited".

As he generally does, Rick did a medley of old favorites. Even in the 90 plus degree heat, Rick made his way through the crowd during "Don't Talk To Strangers" for some audience participation.

"Human Touch", "Love Somebody" and "Jessie's Girl" came along later in the evening. The show ended with a powerful version of "Kristina". 

At one point early in the show, Rick reminded us that it was his birthday. The crowd willingly sang "Happy Birthday" led of course by our Rick.  His actual birthday is August 23.  Believe it or not, Rick turns 67!

Happy Birthday Rick - Thanks for another unforgettable  evening in Michigan!

1 comment:

Ms. Davis said...

He was in great form, pun intended!