Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Rick Springfield to Perform on New Years Eve

Posted officially on www.rickspringfield.com:

Rick will perform 3 songs on FOX News Channels’ 2010 All American New Year’s special program hosted by Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly! Rick will be performing Live in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve! Watch it Nationally from 11-12:30 am! Check your local listings for exact channels!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Rick Springfield in Soap Opera Digest

Soap Opera Digest
Dec 28th 2010 issue
on stands now
"GH STAR'S EXPLOSIVE AUTOBIOGRAPHY-I'm a little concerned...."
A 4 page article about Rick's book.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rick Springfield in Californication Repeating This Weekend

If you missed them the first time or just need a Rick fix, here is your change. Two of Rick's Californication episodes are repeating this weekend on Showtime. And mark your calender for the day after Christmas when his final episode airs......

Glass Houses Episode 6
Sunday Dec 19th 10:05pm

The Apartment Episode 8
Sunday Dec 19th 11:05pm

Mr. Bad Example Episode 9
Sunday Dec 26th 10:00pm

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rick Springfield's ND tour date canceled

Posted on Rick's official website:

The following tour date had been canceled and will not be rescheduled:

January 14, 2011
Hankinson, ND
Dakota Magic Casino

All presale ticket purchasers will receive refunds from our ticketing partner, Music Today.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rick Springfield in ABC Soaps In Depth

Rick Springfield discusses his Best Selling Memoir "Late, Late At Night" in the December 13, 2010 issue of ABC Soaps In Depth. Check out the article and pictures on pages 74 & 75.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Rick Springfield in Californication

Showtime has begun re-airing Californication Season 3. If you missed Rick's guest staring role as a twisted version of himself here is your chance to catch it! It is also available on DVD now. The first episode he appeared in is scheduled on the following dates. Other episodes will be posted here as well as they air.

Verities & Balderdash episode 3

SHO Sun, Dec 5
10:00 PM
SHOHDe Sun, Dec 5
10:00 PM
SHOw Mon, Dec 6
1:00 AM
SHOHDw Mon, Dec 6
1:00 AM

Friday, November 19, 2010

Rick Springfield Returns to FL in March

March 09, 2011
Plant City, FL
Florida Strawberry Festival

ACCESS-RS member presale 11/29
Public onsale 12/6

Confirmed on www.rickspringfield.com

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rick Springfield Guest Stars on Family Dinner Webisode

Catch Rick's latest cameo on Family Dinner Episode 5, a web series by Lauralee Bell, of Young & The Restless fame, also starring Cloris Leachman and Phyllis Diller among others. Ironically Rick's good friend, Richard Marx also guest stars in this episode.



Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Vote for Rick Springfield!

Rick Springfield & Touchstone want your vote: Vote "funny" for Rick Springfield's "Late, Late at Night with Rick Springfield" on www.funnyordie.com (link below). Their goal: 100,000 "funny" votes for Rick.

Please Vote! It is very funny!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rick Springfield "On The Red Carpet"

Check out Rick Springfield's appearance at the Saban Theater in LA tomorrow night, 10/29/10. At 6:15 he’s doing a show called “On The Red Carpet.” (It will air in certain cities; see below.)

On The Red Carpet is a weekly entertainment news show that highlights the best of the week in the world of celebrity and style. On The Red Carpet and OnTheRedCarpet.com give viewers and web users front row access to premieres, award shows and special events, celebrity interviews, red carpet fashion, movie news and much more.
Rachel Smith, Miss USA 2007, co-hosts with Chris Balish, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist.

When to watch:

HOUSTON (KTRK-TV): Saturdays at 1:05 a.m.
Check TV listings in Houston

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO-TV): Saturdays at 4 p.m.
Check TV listings in San Francisco

CHICAGO (WLS-TV): Saturdays at 11:05 p.m.
Check TV listings in Chicago

RALEIGH-DURHAM (WTVD-TV): Sundays at 5 a.m.
Check TV listings in Raleigh-Durham

LOS ANGELES (KABC-TV): Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
Check TV listings in Los Angeles

FRESNO (KFSN-TV): Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
Check TV listings in Fresno

Check TV listings in Philadelphia

TOLEDO (WTVG-TV): Various times
Check TV listings in Toledo

FLINT (WJRT-TV): Various times
Check TV listings in Flint

NEW YORK (WABC-TV): Various times
Check TV listings in New York

Friday, October 15, 2010

Links for Recent Press about Late, Late at Night

Posted on Rick's official Facebook Page, the following link to the Late, Late At Night site has all the links to the recent press on Rick's new autobiography.


If you haven't already got the new book, what are you waiting for?????

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rick Springfield on Good Day NY Thurs Oct 14th

Unconfirmed by Rick official site but he is listed as a guest tomorrow on Good Day New York. Oct 14th Channel 5 in the New York metro area. Click the link below for more details.

Rick Springfield

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rick Springfield On Good Morning America

Check out Rick's 10-12-10 appearance on 'Good Morning America' along with an excerpt from his just released book "Late, Late At Night" .....

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Teaser for the Rick Springfield Fans Documentary

There is a 9 minute teaser featuring the fan documentary being filmed this year by http://www.yellowrickroad.com/
on the http://rickspringfielddoc.com/ website! Check it out and see if you might have made it into the teaser!

VIP memberships are also available there for more behind the scenes footage!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Upcoming TV Appearances for Rick Springfield

As Rick Springfield hits the road to promote his to be released (Oct 12th) autobiography, "Late, Late at Night" he will be making the following TV appearances. Set those DVR's. Keep in mind some of these are unconfirmed by his official website as of today.

Tues Oct 12th 7am est ABC
Good Morning America


Wed Oct 13th 11am est ABC The View

Wed Oct 13th 9pm HLN The Joy Behar Show (confirmed)

Wed Oct 20th Syndicated
The Wendy Williams Show


Check your local listings for all of these shows at www.tvguide.com

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rick Springfield in People Magazine

Check out page 89 for a three page article in the 10/18/10 issue of People Magazine which went on sale today, 10/7/10.

The article includes photos and an excerpt from Rick Springfield's autobiography "Late, Late At Night" to be released on October 12th.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Rick Springfield Plays in Texas - Late, Late at Night.

October 1, 2010
Dallas, TX
Glass Cactus Theater
Photos by Charlotte Poe

The show started a little after 10:00 pm.

Rick was kind of talkative during the show. Here are some of the things he said throughout:

Rick says that Matt wants him to tell a story. He starts out "so there's this priest
and this Rabbi" He starts over, "hey, its official, I have a screw loose. I had a
motorcycle accident in 1988, and they put a plate in my shoulder because the bone was all shattered. I just had it x-rayed the other day, and there's a screw loose. One of the screws has actually come loose. And it is floating around inside my shoulder. So if I had that removed, and put it on Ebay, who would bid on it?" Crowd screams. "Alright, you are a bunch of sick puppies. I may just do that. And then you can say you got screwed by Rick Springfield". Then going into the next song - "This is one off of our latest record. Its a song"... then he starts over saying "who does this sound like.....This is off our latest record, It's a song, it's a single, its beautiful....It sounds like John Lennon, that's how John Lennon used to introduce their songs. Here's a song off one of our records, I think it was a single, I don't know [from the man who just wrote his memoir]It's called What's Victoria's Secret.

"How freaky is this place? This is what it is going to be like in the future, a bio dome. Only this will be a bio dome for the rich people. Everybody else is going to be in a tent corrugated thing that gets hotter than hell in the summer, unless we do something....

Next up, "When I wrote this song, I bet most of you didn't know you could possibly die from lead
poisoning from eating fish. You can now, how cool is that?! I've been eating fish all of my life, and my heart is in great shape. I have like no plaque or anything in my heart, really clean, but I have lead and mercury poison. I'm getting rid of it now, don't worry. Its on its way out. You gotta cleanse yourself. Other than that I'm completely clean. And lead and mercury poison is not a sexually contagious disease. So this song, before fish was poisonous is called...and he goes into IGE.
During the break in IGE, he does some heavy breathing and says "That's what I sound like when I'm.....doing push ups". Then he sees a woman who has a "Kiss Me I'm 40" sign, in the audience. He says "why should I kiss you just because you're 40? You gotta reach higher than that. Then he asks "Who here is 40?" A lot of people yell. He says "I don't mean 41, or 43, or 39. who is exactly 40? Then he notices the band isn't really paying much attention so he says "I'm sorry, am I bothering you guys?" Then he asks George how old he is, and George says "old enough to know better". Then he goes back to his other conversation. "Ok, so there's this amazing anomalie that we start to define at 40. 40th birthdays are cropping up all over the place. Then he sees a girl holding up some underwear. And he says "I hope they don't fit you sister because that would be scary (they were kind of big). She had written some stuff on them. They look like underwear my Mom would wear.
Hey you can read about my Mom's......he stops and says, "Don't hit me with those things,so she throws them over to the side and he tells George to put them on, so he does. Then he goes back to his story....You can read all about my Mom's underwear in my new book "Late, Late, at Night". It's coming out October the 12th (yea, he got the date right). Then he notices George has the underwear on over his pants and says "You will do anything for a laugh". He messes around with George for a second, then goes back to "so if you want to find out about my Mom's underwear, buy my new book when it comes out. And George says, "I'm freaking excited now!" And yes, this whole conversation was in between the verses of IGE. So Rick picks back up on the song (and actually sings the right verse this time).

Later, someone else holds up some more underwear (although this time Men's). And he says "I'm not touching any underwear", so they toss it up, and it has Californication on it, and he says "they were a lot smaller than that one" He then starts to go into VIO and goes into the "yea, yea" bit, and makes all kinds of different noises and gets the audience to repeat it. He actually did a pretty good cow noise.

During DTTS,he changes the line to "Every man's a Cowboy". He goes over to the DJ that was playing music before the show. And he asks him "What was all that 80's shit you were playing
earlier. He gets him to sing, then tells the security guard that the DJ got him out of singing. He says about the security guard "he's cute, isn't he". It's alright for a guy to think another guy's cute, and he asks him how old he is (22). Rick says "Dude, I have sons older than you. You're right in between my two sons, I have a 21 year old and a 24 year old, and they're awesome. It's a great age, and now we are going to teach you that girls like it when guys sing. It's not hard to figure out. I figured it out pretty early. I was in the crowd, watching all these girls around me flipping out over this dope on stage.And he wasn't even singing his own songs, he was singing 60's stuff. Then he gets interrupted, when someone hands him their cell phone and he tries to get them to sing, but didn't work out. Then he gets the security guy to sing. Then he knocks over his glass of wine and says "Oh shit, there goes my wine". Then he says "oh, are there any kids in the audience, I certainly hope not (I guess since he cussed), but this is Texas, right? I know from fact that you let young kids into bars because I've seen them. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, I'm just wondering why there's none here tonight." People yell out it's 21 and older. ""You have to be 21? Why? Seven year olds buy drinks to, you know. (kidding).

Does he normal routine about Hard to Hold and Californication. Then he says "There's even a photo of my naked butt in my book, Late Late at Night, plug, plug...."
At the beginning of HT, he says "You better have a beer waiting for me at the back there on the bar", so he was planning on making it to the back, but he didn't. He made it to about the
middle, but they were hanging on him so much at that point he gave up and went back to the stage. There was even someone who followed him from the front of the stage. I guess some
people think he can't get enough of them.

Before JG, he says "you know, there are a couple of songs you can recognize from the first few notes. And he plays some song (sounded kind of like Shave and a Haircut), then Smoke on the Water, then Jessie's Girl. He says "personally I prefer and did the first one again. But we'll do this one instead, and went into JG.

The complete set list was:
Affair of the Heart
Living in Oz
What's Victoria's Secret
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie's Girl
Jesus Saves

Rick Springfield takes a bite out of the Big Apple!

September 25th 2010
Best Buy Theatre (formerly The Nokia Theatre)
New York, NY
Review & pictures by Rosie Malthaner

Well I was going to do my own review of this show but I came across this review and thought I would share that......

http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-in-new-york/rick-springfield-lights-up-the-best-buy-theater The only thing that the reviewer got wrong was that it wasn't Purple Haze but Fire Rick played.

A few additional notes....As we were on our way to the venue through Times Square we stopped to check out the Naked CowGirl and who do we we see making his way though the crowded streets of NYC??? None other than our favorite rock star and his entourage...And yes that is his publisher, Stacy teasing us with a copy of Late, Late at night.

Rick did stop the show at one point to acknowledge the security force that was causing a ruckus in the front row area. The Nokia, sorry I just can't call it Best Buy yet, what a stupid name, has always been one of those venues that stage rushing is a given and that cameras have never been a problem. Well security didn't get that message and threatened the crowd on our side that they would shut down the show at one point if everyone didn't go back to their seats. They also told us on the way in that we needed to check our SLR cameras, um, no! It can stay in my bag if that is the case. However, Rick told the crowd and security that pictures are fine with him and that security needed to leave everyone alone because it was a big distraction to him! I believe he told them to "relax your crack" Good for you Rick! After that, security seemed to disappear on my side of the stage. He talked about how he forgets that the fans that follow him from show to show have real jobs and its funny when he runs into them while they are working as he did on a flight one day as our friend Jackie is a flight attendant, he actually first called her a stewardess to which she corrected him.

He also made his way out into the crowd for DTTS after noticing a friend that had a better hat on that Matt! After our friend Bill obliged him and sang he made his way back to the stage but not before being groped so bad that he stopped and looked for the culprit. He found 11 yr old Sara on his way back and brought her up on stage for a little song & dance.

Jack White was also in attendance but didn't join the band. And much to our surprise & delight Jesus Saves made it's way into the encore before ending with Kristina.

Set List:
Who Killed R&R
I've Done Everything For You
I'll Miss That Someday
Affair of the Heart
Love Is Alright Tonite
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie's Girl
Jesus Saves

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Another Book Signing Date for Rick Springfield

Confirmed on www.rickspringfield.com

New Book Signing Date Added: Saturday, October 23rd at Warren County Public Library from 8-10pm. Address: 1225 State Street, Bowling Green, KY 42101

Also posted videos on the http://www.latelateatnight.com/ site!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rick Springfield promotes his new autobiography

Mark your calendars and set your DVR's as Rick promotes Late, Late at Night this October!

ABC’s Good Morning America on October 12th - his first national TV appearance for his book Late, Late At Night.

Tune in October 13th to see Rick on ABC's The View!

Check www.tvguide.com for your local listings!
(confirmed on www.rickspringfield.com)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Late, Late At Night Website Updated!

Late, Late At Night The Official Rick Springfield Biography

Check out all the new content on the "Late, Late At Night website"!

"Late, Late At Night" will be released on October 12th 2010. Don't forget to pre order your copy!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The two minute teaser for the fan documentary, An Affair of the Heart, produced by Yellow Rick Road Productions is on their home page. Check it out!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Tour dates for 2011

January 14, 2011
Hankinson, ND
Dakota Magic Casino

January 15, 2011
Walker, MN
Northern Lights Casino

Confirmed on www.rickspringfield.com

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Rick Springfield at the VT State Fair

Sept 8th 2010
Vermont State Fair

Rutland, VT
Review by Mufi Hayes
Photo: Michelle Tellier

The Vermont State Fair show of 9/8 was well worth the 2-1/2 hour drive from the Massachusetts border. Despite a forecast of a few thunderstorms for the day in Rutland, VT? We drove up anyway silently singing "rain, rain, go away...". It must have worked. Although the clouds lingered, the sun occasionally poked through. We had time to see the fair exhibits, with time to spare towait in line for the general admission seating that was in front of the stage. Well worth the waitto meet a new friend. She'd waited 30 years to see Rick live for the first time. Her reaction to his coming on stage was priceless. C'mon, you must remember the awe of your first time! We made sure she was in front of us right at the stage so she could enjoy an awesome first concert. The rose explosions were an unexpected treat for her, as well as having a guitar pick tossed her way.

After one of the best introductions by a radio personality, MIX 98.1 WJJR's Nanci Gordon, Rick the stage giving 110%. He was ON. Despite the cool weather. Wearing black striped suit type pants, what appeared to be matching shirt with the sleeves off, and a black vest, the one with the chains printed on them, suspenders dangling in back, he opened with "Who Killed Rock and Roll." The audience was stoked from this get go and it just romped forward from there.

Highlights besides the songs were his chattiness over a Mission Magic DVD someone brought, which he graciously signed and gave an example of his Australian accent during that time period. Playing with a blow up hammer a young boy named Tyler had won and was gleefully playing air guitar on in the audience. Rick borrowed it to "hammer" on Rodger. Rodger did get Rick back by snatching it and hitting Rick on the head. Rick also graciously signed the hammer for the boy, Tyler. Comments by Rick ranged to Vermont not having manyhouses, it's a commune, right? That if it snowed, he was bailing. That it was "frickin' cold!"Someone gave him a homemade official looking AARP card which stood for "Also Aging Rock Stars"(forgive me if I got that wrong!) He flipped it back at them telling them to, um, well, stuff it. (Yes, I'm editing!). He mentioned he'd recently had a birthday and had the crowd sing to him. As well as mentioning Hard to Hold, did we think it, and then his butt should have won and Oscar.

During DTTS, he had warned Bill, the security dude in the cool hat he was going to get him. Bill had discretely moved far enough away to still be close, but out of reach. Sly dude! So Rick did go along the stage and had the concert virgin in front of me sing, as well as a guy, and several others. Of course he found the kids in the audience, going back to Tyler with the blow up hammer, as well as bring little 4 year old Nathan on stage to dance and sing. Both boys did a terrific job. After Nathan, Rick made mention of wanting more kids and asked if there were any volunteers. You know there was a roar from the crowd.

After non stop fun, it was over all too soon with the strains of Jessie's Girl. There was a great encore
as noted in the set list below:
Who Killed Rock and Roll
I've Done Everything For You
Affair of the Heart
Living In Oz
What's Victoria's Secret
I Get Excited
Venus In Overdrive
I'll Miss That Someday
Working Class Dog
Don't Talk to Strangers
Love Somebody
Human Touch (where he did leave the stage and audience romped to what appeared to be a well behaved group, he was all over the place!)
Jessie's Girl.

Encore was: Wild Thing and then Kristina

Not having been to a concert in two years, this set list was welcome to this writer and one of the best concerts I've ever been to. I've only just realized there was not a medley done, which liked when I heard it, but I liked the way the energy from this set list flowed. It was great to be out of doors even if it was standing on a harness racing track with stage in front, grand stand behind. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
- Mufi Hayes

Rick Springfield Performs at Hot August Nights

Rick Heats Up Lewiston Idaho!
Review by Kim Benetton
Pictures by Susan Fortune

This concert was part of Lewiston's 24th annual "Hot August Nights" car show. Rick and some of the boys were spotted earlier in the day checking out the cars at the "Show and Shine" downtown. The concert was at Pioneer Park just up the road. It was an outdoor venue with festival style seating (standing room only infront of stage and lawnchairs behind). Unfortunately this August night was not hot, but the weather held up as it was drizzling at one point. Three local bands opened up for Rick and played classic rock, blues and country. While I'm sure they were great musicians, everyone was anxious to get on with the main act.

By the time Rick started playing, there was a sea of people there. A chainlink fence separated those standing in the front row (like moi) from the stage. Buzz tried to get us closer to the stage by moving the chainlink fence forward, but this idea turned into a disaster and spurred lots of pushing and shoving. He and the security staff realized it wasn't going to work so the fence was put back to its original position. I was thankful because I went from being in front row to third row and then back to front row.

Rick opened with Who Killed Rock and Roll and the party was on! He was in a great mood!!! Very energetic, talkative and cheeky, of course (just the way we like him). He was wearing a white t-shirt, black jacket, black pants and black plain (minus the glitter) Converse high tops. He lost the jacket after the first few songs. Like a true kid at heart, Rick busted out a toy gun that shot darts with suction cups. He explained that he went to Wal Mart for the FIRST TIME today and bought that gun for 7 bucks!!! He couldn't believe how cheap it was; I guess that's because discount stores do not exist in Malibu. What's even funnier is the image of Rick running straight to the toy aisle his first time in Wal Mart (ha, ha). This man's boyish charm is just too darn cute!

Rick asked if anyone knew it was just his birthday. The crowd yelled yes, even though I'm sure a lot of them didn't. Then he asked if we knew how old he was. People started yelling random ages including 61 and he told us all to "shut up". He then led us in singing Happy Birthday, pointing to himself with both thumbs and belting out "Happy Birthday to ME". Rick beamed, again like a true kid at heart

I had made a sign for this concert that started out boring and then went to risque in 2.5 seconds. It originally said "I want a ride in your hotrod"....considering this concert was at a car show. Then I thought that wasn't interesting enough so I impulsively crossed out the "in" and changed it to "on". I know, bad huh? But we all know Rick's sense of humour is a little warped like that. I decided to hold up the sign during "I Get Excited". Well nothing gets by this guy. Rick smiles then announces to the crowd, "This sign says I want a ride "in", no "ON" your hotrod" and proceeds to talk about his new baby. On an interesting side note, my husband chose to stand two rows behind me at this show. He claims it's because he wanted to be "nice" and let my Rick friends stand infront of him, but I am thinking he just didn't want to be seen with me (I can't say I blame him....lol).

I don't really know what made Rick think about aliens, but he asked if we believed in them. Random answers were hollered back at him. He replied "Dumb shits.....if they come down and butt probe me then I will believe it!" Bad Ricky.....doesn't he know they give you something to make you forget the whole experience (geesh). At one point Matt had to go pee so Rick started demonstrating his awesome guitar playing skills. Wow, that guy can sure play a mean guitar! His passion is so intense.....you can't help but wish you were THAT guitar.

For DTTS, he picked on a security guard, Bill and then jumped on top of the chain link fence and had a couple of fans test their chops. While he was up there, he picked two kids (about 12) to come up on stage with him (Hayley and Morgan). When he found out Hayley's name he confessed that he loved Hayley Mills when he was a teenager and used to kiss her picture every night. In fact, he thinks he may still have that picture somewhere, lip marks and all. Rick asked if anyone had a picture of him they kissed everynight, which definitely elicted some screams. The band started playing some funky music and Rick told the kids "let's dance" and they all started bopping up and down. He said "in the 80's we used to call that "the pogo"". Hayley told him that her Mom loves him. His response "If your mom's as cute as you are, we might go out drinking tonight". He asked Hayley if she herself had a lot of boyfriends and she shook her head no. Rick couldn't let it go at that and said "you don't like boys yet right" to which she motioned so-so with her hand. She had such a serious look on her face, he broke out laughing and told her mom to enjoy her now because in about 4 years it's all going to explode. Morgan got to sing first and he did a great job (Rick rubbed this in to the security guard and then predicted Morgan was going to get lucky tonight). Then it was Hayley's turn. Before they got started Rick asked "If I give you a dime, will you call me in 10 years". She gave him this funny sideways look and he totally lost it!!! He hoped somebody got her look on camera as it was classic. I got it on video (ssssshh, don't tell) but haven't yet figured out how to download it on youtube. Hayley also sang really well. They got hugs and kisses and then Rick instructed them to, "get the hell off my stage".

Rick was really sweaty at this point. He asked the crowd, "Is anyone wet???.....cause I am!" (tease). He told us not to look while he got changed but of course our eyes (and cameras) were fixated on him. Now he was in his black sleeveless "The Bastards" shirt. He attempted to wade into the crowd for Human Touch but didn't get very far. "You guys are packed tight!" He talked about and played some recognizable guitar rifts before going into Jessie's Girl.

For the encore, Rick came out wearing his felty black "cowboy themed" vest, no shirt and burgundy framed glasses. A shirtless encore!!!!.....well kinda. He did Wild Thing and Kristina and sadly the concert came to an end. This was one of the best shows I've been to in a long time and I'm glad to see Lewiston embraced both Rick and his music.

Set List
* Who Killed Rock and Roll
* I've Done Everything for You
* Affair of the Heart
* Living in Oz
* Victoria's Secret
* I Get Excited
* Alyson
* Venus in Overdrive
* I'll Miss That Someday
* Love is Alright Tonite
* Crossroads
* Don't Talk to Strangers
* Love Somebody
* Human Touch
* Jessie's Girl
*Wild Thing

Monday, September 6, 2010

Rick Springfield in Youngstown, OH

August 13th 2010
Youngstown, OH
Covelli Center Outdoors
Review & photo: Debbie Goldman

The view from the 5th row is amazing!! So, while we were waiting for Rick and the band to make their appearance on stage, the venue started playing Bruce Springsteen. We thought they would only play one song, as a joke, well, it turned out they played almost an entire collection of songs. We did not think this was very funny and we wondered what Rick was thinking.

Finally, Rick and the guys came on and opened with Mr. PC. My sister and I made Rick a happy birthday sign, held it up for him to see and we were happy to see the look on his face when he saw it. The audience sang happy birthday to him, which he requested. Rick said that he couldn't see the audience so he grabbed his guitar and came out into the crowd to play the beginning of Crossroads. Rick didn't think that there were any kids in the audience for DTTS but he saw a little boy that he brought up on stage. Rick couldn't hear the boy's name so he asked him a second time and the boy yelled "Mason." Rick also couldn't hear when Mason told him his age so Mason yelled that also, it was very cute and funny. My sister and I also brought him roses so when he came into the crowd for DTTS, he took them from my hand and threw them up on stage. I was very happy to see them being used when he went back on stage.

During the show, someone threw a pair of shorts on stage that George put on. When he turned around we saw that they had a big butt sticking out. George started dancing around and shaking his butt and Rick started laughing so hard when he saw him. Rick came into the audience for a little Human Touch and the seats were so bad that he lost his balance twice, one time he fell on my sister. He walked to the row behind us and people were holding him up and he wanted to know where his security was to help him. Rick left the stage for a few minutes and the venue started playing Bruce Springsteen again. We were very happy to see Rick come out again to perform Wild Thing and Kristina. It was a great way to end Rick's concert run in Ohio.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Rick Springfield in Lake Charles, LA

Sept 3rd 2010

Lake Charles, LA
L'Auberge du Lac Casino

Photos by: Charlotte Poe

This was a typical casino show, where the high rollers had the better seats, and the hard core fans were further back (well, except for those few people who never feel the need to actually sit in their seats and are always looking for something better). The opening music seemed different. Not sure when that change took place.

So Rick comes out and the majority of the people stayed seated. He opened with Who Killed Rock n Roll. After about 5 songs, Rick said he had just had a birthday and had everyone sing Happy Birthday to him. He asked how many people were wondering “who the f*@K is this guy, that’s not Noah Drake!”. Then he says “yes it is”. There was no stage rush, so there was quite a gap between the front row and the stage, so people would walk along that path when they were coming in and out, and Rick makes the comment “There’s a lot of F*ing people walking around.” He told them he was going to start flicking guitar picks at the people that walked in front, and he did. Every time someone would walk in front of him, he’d flick a pick at them, and he’d try really hard to hit them.

He sang IGE, and he stopped after the first verse and did some heavy breathing, and he made the comment “I’m not even breathing hard yet.” He ended up singing the first verse of IGE twice, instead of the 2nd verse. He kind of caught himself, and knew it was wrong, but for some reason went ahead with it. After Alyson, there were still a lot of people walking around in front and he said “when did this become a f*ing highway”. Right before “I’ll Miss that Someday” he said “this is about our Fathers”.

Someone apparently brought him some white wine and he said “I’m a vampire, I don’t drink white wine. On the road, only red.”

People were still sitting down and walking around in the front and he said “how many how Rollers do we have here?”

At the beginning of Crossroads, he went off stage, and stood in one of the chairs in the front row, and as soon as he did that a lot of people stood up and a lot of people came from their seats and tried to get close to him. So when he went back on stage to play the song, a lot of people had rushed to the stage, so there was no more gap for people to walk through and a lot of people stayed standing.

During DTTS, he tried to get the security guard to sing, and he didn’t want to, so he told him “don’t make me get nasty. Girls like guys that sing, it’s not hard to figure out. You’re not getting out of here without singing, its just the way things go.” He told the guy he needed to loosen up, and played around with that for a bit. He had some more people sing, and instead of singing, one girl shouted in the mic “I saw you in the 8th grade”. And Rick replied back “you were in 8th grade, or I was in the 8th grade?” Then he wanted to find someone that didn’t really know he was to get them to sing, so he found someone and asked what their name was, and after they told him, he had to ask them again, and he said “sorry, I thought you said Hitler (her name was April”). After the song he made the comment “you guys are really winding up – I’m very happy!”

Before Love Somebody, he did he normal thing asking how many people saw the movie – Hard to Watch….Hard to Swallow…Hard to Hold. How many people thought it was a great movie? How many people thought it should have won an Oscar? How many people thought his ass should have won an Oscar? He then asked how many people had seen Californication last season. He said it was a very rude show he was still showing off his butt, but he couldn’t help it. Then he said the next song had been in both Californication and Hard to Hold. During that song, a fan had come on stage and gotten under Matt’s guitar. Then when the song was done, she had a sharpie and she got Rick to sign her lower back. But something got messed up with Matt’s bass, and Rick said “see what happens when fans get on stage?” By that time there was a really big crowd against the stage and Rick says “Thank God we got rid of all those High Rollers”. (I think they were mostly still there, he just couldn’t see them any more). He then said he hated it when people got free tickets for spending money.

He went out into the crowd for Human Touch. Only went out about 8 or 9 rows. When he got back, his intro to Jessie’s Girl was “There was this girl, and there was this guy, and he was a good looking bastard and she wouldn’t even look at me twice. So I wrote a song about her. You might have heard it.

He ended the show with Fire and Kristina (shirtless, with glasses). He had to work for it, but he eventually got the crowd the way he liked it.

Who Killed Rock N Roll
Affair of the Heart
Living in Oz
What’s Victoria’s Secret

Venus in Overdrive
I’LL Miss That Someday
Love is alright Tonite
Love Somebody
Speak to the Sky
Human Touch
Jessie’s Girl

Rick Springfield Performs at The Benton Franklin Fair

Rick Rocked Kennewick!

Review by Suzy Guttormson
Photo's by Susan Fortune

The Benton Franklin Fair in Kennewick, WA greeted us with temperatures in the mid 90’s, fair food and farm animals, but most importantly, with an intimate outdoor concert setting. The reserved seats were sectioned-off folding chairs, but beyond that area, there were bleachers and a lawn area where any fair-goer could hang out and enjoy the show.
Local radio DJs came out to introduce Rick, and got the crowd going a bit by throwing T-shirts into the crowd, and by getting the crowd to sing “Happy Birthday” song to Rick, with George N. accompanying on guitar.
Rick came out after the intro music and jumped right into “Mr. PC” sporting shades and a sleeveless black shirt. The shades weren’t on for very long thank goodness! He interacted a lot with George B. and it looked like everybody else on stage was having a good time too. Rick encouraged another round of “Happy Birthday” using big gestures, just in case we weren’t clear on who the birthday boy was.
Shirt-changing time! Rick took his time changing from one sleeveless black shirt to another, and in the process I saw a ton of cameras (including mine) go up. He thanked us afterward for respecting his wishes for no photos, uh-huh right!
“Don’t Talk To Strangers” moments started out with “Officer Ed” up front, who sang loud and proud. Rick joked that anyone that went to the show that gets pulled over by Officer Ed in the next week gets out of their speeding ticket *woohoo*. Officer Ed also saved our Rick from a stage stair stumble, so kudos to Ed! Two cute little girls in the front were brought up on stage by Rick for their DTTS moment. Rick broke out in dance with them first, which was hilarious to watch.
I was wondering if the crowd would ever stay standing, as they seemed to go up and down (this is rock n’ roll, people, STAND UP). If DTTS didn’t do it, “Human Touch” got everybody on their feet. He covered quite a bit of territory and the crowd was thrilled. Rick ended the show with an Encore of Wild Thing and Kristina ... and finished up with a water spray like he used to do at his shows in the 80's. It was fun to see that again!
It was a beautiful night (with a lovely orange moon that Rick commented on), and an energetic show, a great way to bring summer to a close!

Set List:
I've Done Everything for You
Affair of the Heart
Rock of Life
What's Victoria's Secret
I'll Miss That Someday
Happy Birthday
Venus in Overdrive
Love is Alright Tonight
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie's Girl
Wild Thing

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Rick Springfield Shows Tacoma How To Rock!

Rick Springfield Returns
To The Emerald Queen
August 21, 2010
Review by Suzy Guttormson
Pictures by Susan Fortune

Rick has played enough shows at the Emerald Queen Casino over the years that he joked at the beginning of the show that they were becoming the “resident band”. That would be OK by all of us here in the Northwest! Thankfully, pictures were allowed at this show, which has not always been the case at EQC. Security was also very pleasant to talk to and they were not being over-vigilant, again, which has not always been so. If you have stopped coming to EQC shows because of either problem, I recommend you give them another try next time Rick comes back, because with the house appearing to be packed, I’m sure he will.

The intro music was cranked up so loud that you could feel it (LOVE that), and then Rick appeared, wearing a black jacket over a white T-shirt, but the jacket didn’t stay on long, to crowd delight. The crowd was on its feet from start to finish, as Rick had tons of energy to share with us. Rick had a lot of interaction with George B., and it was good to see both he and Matt B. share the main microphone with Rick at one point. (Side note: Matt’s current hat and shades look on-stage is very cool.)

At one point Rick bumped his lip with the microphone, mentioned it, and then pointed to his lip. Many screaming voices volunteered to kiss and make it better. He also mentioned that his Birthday was coming up and had everyone sing him Happy Birthday!
DTTS moments included the security guard nearest to the stage, who talked the lyrics at first, and when Rick asked how old he was, Rick commented that he had a son about his age. I’m pretty convinced that the seasoned security guards there know by now what happens when you get the front guard spot, so I bet they send the unknowing newbies up there to be picked on. Just a thought J. Rick surfed the crowd for a couple of rows, finding people in and out of tune along the way.

For “Human Touch” he gave the first few rows on both sides some love as much as possible, and even though he disappeared down off chairs a couple of times, for the most part the crowd seemed to take good care of him.

For the encore, Rick came out in his glasses and a sleeveless black shirt, which I must say is a great look for him. The crowd was on its feet for the whole show, from what I could tell, so the energy Rick gave he got right back, If you’ve been to one of those shows, you know that it feels pretty electric. I’m looking forward to having the “resident band” back at the Emerald Queen sooner rather than later!

Set List (if anyone remembers different please post in the comments)
I've Done Everything for You
Affair of the Heart
Living in Oz
What's Victoria's Secret
Venus in Overdrive
Love is Alright Tonight
Love Somebody
Human Touch
Jessie's Girl
Wild Thing