Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rocket Science CD signings

Confirmed CD signings

Saturday, February 13
1604 8th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37203...
Event Time: 3PM

Sunday, February 14
The Exchange
6277 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, OH 44130
Event Time: 2PM

Monday, February 15
Looney Tunes
31 Brookvale Ave
West Babylon, NY 11704
Event Time: 7PM
Wristband passes for this event are SOLD-OUT

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

"Let Me In"

Rick Springfield Returns With New Song 'Let Me In' From Upcoming Album 'Rocket Science': Exclusive Song Premiere

Rick Springfield calls his upcoming disc, Rocket Science, "probably the most positive album I've ever written." And it's not just because he expects big sales or lots of attention for it.

"I was just wanting to change my attitude," Springfield tells Billboard. "Pissing and moaning about something and dooms-daying is not gonna help anything. I've always been a big one to do that, pissing and moaning. So I wanted to have some solutions for once rather than just moaning. I've been having a better mindset lately and focused on different things. I'm always fighting the depression -- that's taught for me -- but the way I deal with that mainly is just to write, and feeling that I'm doing something creative really helps my mood."

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That said, "Let Me In" -- the first song Springfield wrote for Rocket Science, which comes out Feb. 19 -- was drawn from darker circumstances in his life. "I was having issues with my primary relationship, and it came out of that," explains Springfield, who's been married to wife Barbara since 1984. "The best songs come from a moment of truth for me, and that was an issue I was having a really tough time with, so it came from that. I'm very guilty of creating conflict to get the emotions stirred up and be able to write. There's deeper stuff in conflict; That's the only time you stop and think is when things aren't going well. When things are going well you're kind of full steam ahead, and I don't really write much when I'm happy."

Billboard is exclusively premiering "Let Me In" below, as well as Springfield performing an acoustic version of the track and a behind-the-scenes video about the song.  


Fans will also notice a distinct country flavor to Rocket Science, Springfield's 18th studio album overall. It's evident in many of the song structures and melodies, as well as instrumentation that crops up throughout the album. "It's not a country album; It's a pop album, but it does have country influences that I love and have always loved," says Springfield, who co-produced Rocket Science with longtime cohort and current Elton John bassist Matt Bissonette. "I've always loved the fiddle and the lap steel, the pedal steel, I love all the banjo picking with guitars. I did write a couple songs with some country guys (including Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus on the track 'Down'), but that's where pop has gone. So we thought we'd just do an album with those influences present." And Springfield also brought in Justin Niebank (Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Hunter Hayes, Kid Rock) to handle the mix. "They know how to put it in so the guitars are still the dominant instrument, 'cause I write everything on guitar pretty much," he explains.

Springfield is spending some time in his native Australia before Rocket Science's release, and the year's touring gets underway Feb. 12-13 at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Springfield recently wrapped a new independent film, Traces, after appearing in HBO's True Detective last year, and he's working on ideas for TV series as well.
The singer-songwriter-actor-author is also writing a sequel to his philosophical novel Magnificent Vibration, though he's keeping the idea of adapting that for film at arm's length right now. "It'd be a very expensive film," Springfield notes. "It's very wide-ranging. I think maybe when I finish the sequel, the two of the together might make an interesting movie. There's a lot of stuff in it that I'm interested in and I'm sure a lot of people are -- certainly the planet and God and what the fuck is it all about is a pretty big question."


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Badlands Pawn concert review

Side Stage Magazine
January 7, 2016
Badlands Pawn, Gold and Rock n’ Roll
Sioux Falls, SD
Written By: Elsa Martinez

His career spans decades in music, movies, TV, and as an author.  Yet his music and his fans are still here and still amazing! Selling over 15 million albums, touring the world and being on film, everyone knows his best by his megahit “Jessie’s Girl”.

His full band show was the first showcased at the Badlands venue in Sioux Falls, SD for their “Thursday Night Live” event.  This amazing new venue is by far one of the best places I have seen a show. It is big enough to bring in big names in music, but small enough to make it an intimate experience with the performers.  Before the show, Rick (Springfield) requested that the front barriers be removed so the fans could stand at the stage, which made it even more intimate.

With a new album ready to drop on February 19, 2016, his tour is going through March 19th, with a mixture of full band (plugged) shows and “stripped down” (acoustic) shows.  At 66 years old, “two-thirds evil,” as he told the crowd, he is still jumping around on stage and running out into the crowd, as he did during “Human Touch” and his signature rose-thrashing on his guitar, in which he has jokingly called himself the “Morticia Adams of rock and roll”.

If the atmosphere was not filled with screams when he took the stage, they surely did fill the room when he took his jacket off to reveal his not-so-60’s ripped biceps.

Although most of the crowd was undoubtedly there to see him perform “Jessie’s Girl”, they all found themselves singing along to the other songs just as loudly.  He has proven time and time again that he is not just a heartthrob, but he can also bring a high-energy set with his hits like “Love is Alright” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, but with incredible guitar-shredding songs like “Wipeout” and “Pipeline” by The Ventures.

He closed the show with a video teaser of clips from various movies and shows that had stars singing “Jessie’s Girl”, like Hot tub Time Machine, and two of his other hits “I’ll Make You Happy” and “Kristina”, which incidentally was his opening song back in his 80’s heydays.  All in all, seeing him live, you would not even think that he was in his 60’s and still churning out hits just like he has been since the 70’s, but his charisma and talent is clear and I look forward to hearing his new release next month.

Set List:
-Light This Party Up (from his new album “Rocket Science” release date Feb 19, 2016)
-I’ve Done Everything For You
-I Get Excited
-Down (from his new album “Rocket Science” release date Feb 19, 2016)
-Affair of the Heart
-Roar (Katy Perry)
-Our Ship's Sinking
-Medley of songs (Bop ‘Til You Drop / Celebrate Youth / Calling All Girls / Jessie’s Girl / Don’t Walk Away / State of the Heart / What Kind of Fool Am I)
-Love Is Alright Tonight
-Guitar solo / Pipeline / Wipeout
– Wild Thing
-Don’t Talk To Strangers
-Human Touch
-Love Somebody
– (Intro to Jessie’s Girl – video snippets of movies and shows where people sang the song)
-Jessie’s Girl
-I’ll Make You Happy

Friday, January 8, 2016

American Cancer Society Benefit

"Stripped Down" show date just announced:

Agua Caliente Casino
Rancho Mirage, CA
March 3, 2016

The show will benefit The American Cancer Society Desert Spirit.