Sunday, December 24, 2017

Honolulu, Hawaii dates

If you need a break from the cold and snow.....the following tour dates might be for you. And, better yet, it's a "three nighter" at the same location!

Blue Note Hawaii
Honolulu, HI

February 17, 2018
February 18, 2018
February 19, 2018

"Stripped Down" shows

Photo by Renata Hearn

Thursday, December 14, 2017

February tour dates announced

Riverwind Casino
Norman, OK
February 9, 2018
Stripped Down show with Richard Marx

Kansas Star Casino
Mulvane, KS
February 10, 2018
Full band show

For additional 2018 tour dates, visit Rick's official website.

Photo by Renata Hearn

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Snake King is Rising

It was a BIG day for Rick Springfield fans anxiously awaiting the January release of Rick's new album, The Snake King.

The first single was released on iTunes Wednesday morning.  By the end of the day, the full version of "Little Demon" was everywhere! A complete list of song titles from the album were also released Wednesday and they are interesting.

Frontiers Music offered a special treat for Rick's fans the same day in the form of Limited Edition Vinyl LPs. YES Vinyl records are back for those who still have a turntable to play them on! In addition to the Limited Gatefold Black Vinyl LP available to pre-order on Frontiers' website was a (very) Limited Edition Red Vinyl LP edition. With only 100 copies of the Red Vinyl LP available, they were sold out quickly. The Black Vinyl LP is still available on the Frontiers Music site. This is the first vinyl record Rick has released since his Rock Of Life album in 1988 and Rick's dedicated fans seem to be excited about it.

The Snake King track list:

1.  Land Of The Blind
2.  The Devil That You Know
3.  Little Demon
4.  Judas Tree
5.  Jesus Was An Atheist
6.  The Snake King
7.  God Don't Care
8.  The Voodoo House
9.  Suicide Manifesto
10. Blues For The Dissillusioned
11. Santa Is An Anagram
12. Orpheus In The Underworld

Photo by Renata Hearn

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New January Shows Announced

Two Solo Stripped Down Shows have been added to Rick's tour for January 2018

  January 6, 2018
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Morristown, New Jersey
Tickets go on sale December 1st

 January 13, 2018
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
Patchogue, New York
Tickets on Sale Now

Photo by Anne Hendrix

Monday, November 13, 2017

New CD Release Date Announced

The Snake King is scheduled to be released on January 26, 2018. 

Andrew McNiece, owner of the Melodicrock website, tweeted "Rick Springfield's blues album "The Snake King" out January 26 via Frontiers Worldwide" with what appears to be the cover for the album.

The highly-anticipated album is Rick's first blues album and he says "has the potential to put the final nail in the old teenybopper coffin".  The release date is two months ahead of the March 2018 time frame that was originally expected.

Rick started mentioning "The Snake King" as the title of his new album earlier this year and has been using guitar picks with the name on it for several months.  There have been a few social media posts recently of Rick, Matty and the band in the studio working on "the final touches" for the album.  Last week several social media posts of Rick at a photo shoot at the Joshua Tree National Park in California have stirred excitement among Rick's dedicated fans.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rick to Perform with the Oregon Symphony

Exciting News!

Rick and his band will be performing with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:30pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland, Oregon
with The Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Tickets go on sale to the public on November 8th - Click Here

Photo by Barbara Bates

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Arizona State Fair

Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State Fair
October 27, 2017
photos by Renata Hearn

Our plan was to go the fair a little early, get a decent parking spot, possibly get a little food then head to the show.  We left at 5:30 for what should have been a 10 minute drive and got stuck in traffic, finally got parked about 6:40 and made it into the venue about 6:55 (show scheduled to start at 7:00). Next time, if there is a next time at this fair, will definitely have a better plan on getting there. The show was a little late to start, which this time worked in our favor. You know when you hear Uptown Funk over the loud speakers, the start is near.

As we know, Rick had surgery in late August and was unable to play his guitar for the shows in September and early October.  He was coming off  a 2 week break so we weren't sure if he would be healed enough to play yet, or not.  It was obvious right away, you could see the glow from the "light up" guitar he has been using to open up the show.

After I Get Excited,  Rick handed off his guitar but did not get another one to take its place.   It seemed like a deliberate choice, and nothing to do with his previous injury.  He seems to have picked out a few songs to perform without the guitar, something he may have decided to keep going from the time he spent unable to play.  He also mentioned he had a new cd coming out - in January - I'm not going to get excited about that 2 month bump in the release date - everything else has indicated it won't be out until March.

Before performing Roar, the jacket comes off and he takes possession of the silver sparkle guitar - he likes to refer to it as his "girly" guitar, which seems appropriate for his "girly" song that has been "rocked up" with guitars and drums.

At the end of The Medley, during the State of the Heart segment, he flung the guitar to his side and sat down at the edge of the stage.

The gold guitar comes out for Wild Thing.

He took an audience vote - between Our Ship is Sinking and Don't Talk to Strangers.  First he asked who wanted to hear Our Ship is Sinking - loud cheers from the first rows of the venue.  Who wants to hear Don't Talk to Strangers - loud cheers from the rest of the venue.  Clearly that was going to be no contest.  Once again, he starts the song with no guitar.  It is common for him to get rid of the guitar part way through the song, but it is new for him to not use it at all.  He does a mini rose explosion against the monitor during the song.  His first attempt at getting someone from the audience to sing and there is no sound from the 2nd mic.  So Rick talks about Matty, the sound guy, comparing him to My Little Pony - along with a shot of MLP on the background screen - because of the multiple colors in Matty's hair.

Before going out to do Human Touch, he talks about his surgery and asks people not to grab on to the part of his arm underneath his arm band, because that is where the scar/healing is.

He has a new acting role now to add  during the beginning of Love Somebody, he can now add

American Horror Story to the list.  We see the red sparkle guitar for the first time during Love Somebody.

Off to the side of the stage while the Jessie's Girl montage plays, the crowd favorite Jessie's girl is performed as the light up guitar makes another appearance  and then Kristina. 
He then goes to the edge of the 
stage for a quick autograph of a WCD LP and the show is over.  The two week break since the last show seems to have been good - so much energy -although he never lacks that.  Playin g a few songs without the guitar, having free use of his hands and the full use of the stage has really added a nice new layer to the performance.

Light This Party Up
I've Done Everything For You
I Get Excited
Affair of the Heart
Jesus Saves
The Medley
Love is Alright Tonite
Miss Mayem

Wild Thing
Don't Talk to Strangers
Human Touch
Love Somebody
Jessie's Girl

Thursday, October 26, 2017

3 New Shows Announced

December 28, 2017
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Full Band Show
February 24, 2018
Florence, Indiana
Full Band Show
April 14, 2018
Miami, Florida
Full Band Show 

Photo by Lisa Klann

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Rick's American Horror Story Debut

 Rick made his debut appearance on the FX network's American Horror Story: Cult on October 24, 2017. It was a much anticipated episode by Rick's fans after he started announcing during his shows that he would be on this season. The only notice fans had was shortly before the show aired on the east coast. Rick posted "I suggest you watch American Horror Story tonight. Just sayin..." on his social media pages, leaving his dedicated fans scrabbling to set their DVRs.

The Judgement House, led by Pastor Charles (Rick), turns out to be a torture house where Pastor Charles keeps three victims he has kidnapped and is torturing to death in what he believes is appropriate punishment for their perceived sins.

The show contains very strong language and mature content. It is definitely not for the faint of heart.

These are a few reactions from US: 

I only watched up until he was killed, but he was amazing in that role. He knows how to deliver the creep factor.  ~Sherri H

I loved it. Already watched the show anyway this just made it better. Rick was super creepy and was super impressed with it. Would love to see AHS JUDGEMENT HOUSE to see how Pastor Charles got so crazy   ~Terry B

I have been a loyal AHS watcher for all of the seasons, having first gotten into it mid-way through Asylum. I really am enjoying most of what this season has to offer, especially the creepiness and twist factors that have been more prevalent than the most recent seasons. Rick Springfield as Pastor Charles brought the creep to the nth factor tonight. *Shudder* (in a good way) While I may not like all the gore in the series, this was another great twist and I could truly see the next installment as AHS Judgment House, and they could explore Pastor Charles and his past and what brought him to that point in more depth. And if they brought back Jessica Lange to the series to look into that alongside him, that'd be even better!   ~Allycen F 

Creepy goodness!!!  ~Monique K

Love the depth of his acting and amazed how creepy he was! Ha!  ~Paula E

He did such a sinisterly fine acting job that I actually forgot he was "Rick" & that is hard for me to do . He completely embodied the character and I couldn't look away . Captivating , I believe he deserves an Emmy nomination.  ~Dawn M
He was creepier in this one than in his Lucifer and Dr. Wacko roles put together!  ~Lisa H

His performance was stellar!! Outstanding! Loved the accent, really convincing. Too bad he died   ~Denise K

Friday, October 13, 2017

New Shows Announced

Two new Full Band Shows have been added to Rick's tour:

November 4, 2017
WMMO Downtown Concert Series 
Orlando, Florida
Full Band Show
FREE Concert - VIP Tickets Available to Purchase

February 23, 2018
Four Winds Casino - Silver Creek Event Center 
New Buffalo, Michigan
Full Band Show

Photo by Michelle Porchia

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Verona, NY Show Review

Turning Stone Casino
October 1, 2017
Review by Mufi Hayes

It had been over a year since I was able to attend a full band show of Rick Springfield's.  There are advantages to that. New set list. Heart has grown fonder aching for a full band show and all the fun it is. The fun? Getting away for a girls' weekend. Me time. Getting to know local friends a little more. Seeing faraway friends I have not seen in forever. Getting their human touch all.

My inner 18 year old (the age I was first smitten by his voice on AM radio and then the images on TV and in magazines) vibrates. I made a few bracelets for him just in case I had the serendipity of running into him. I have done that before. Quick, here you go. He smiles. I might get a hug. That didn't happen. Here is what did. All at the show:

I was fortunate to have a front row center ticket thanks to the good graces of friends. You ladies rock!  You know who you are! The first time I was at Turning Stone in April of 2005, the concert was in the showroom with the tables. Interesting some years a back. Remember him crown surfing walking on those tables. This time it was in the event center. Very nice set up with stage high but not too high to kill the neck. Security at first would not let us stand up at the stage! I talked to them as did others, they told us it was band rules. I said never mind the band’s contract riders, look at Rick and sign language him. He did motion it was OK. We were then right up there after a few songs. Behaving for the most part. I always behave. No grabbing. Yes, there were some who were too raucous I heard after. I only saw two. The people around me were cool for the most part and not pushy. My thing is to get some photos on my phone and then put it away and enjoy the show. Eye contact. Watching those around me. Totally in the moment. Yes, I had props this time. The bracelets? He came and was by me a few times. I showed him I had them. At one point, he sat down on the low speaker thing in front of me and put his hand down so I could put them on him. Still letting that sink in. He let me put them on him. Oh, human touch! Yes, after all these years I still get all "squeeeee!" inside while staying calm with a silly grin on my inner 18 year old face shining out. I put them on carefully but quickly. Oh yes, he came out with the sling on. That got shed early. As did the sport coat (very natty sport coat, Rick. Like it!). I liked he had a button shirt on. Not a tee. I love it when he gets new to me clothing. He worked that stage. Back and forth giving those up front attention as well as the rest of the entire hall. You just know he is soaking it all in. I swear he absorbs energy from it all. I thought he might be antsy without a guitar. But it's obvious he is working it, doing it well without one and not awkwardly. Someone to my left had a blow up party store guitar and gave it to him at one point. He "played" it. Handed it back to the giver. Roses? Of course! A few had been put on the stage before the show by set up crew. Nothing was sacred from his aim with those rose explosions! I did enjoy getting showered with petals a few times and had a few shreds in my hair friends were kind to try to remove. I left them in. Inner 18 year old. I also gathered up some petals to add to a vase of them I have at home. Since 2002 EFX show. 

Now, you know a new album is in the works, The Snake King. It's Halloween in the know all those skeleton figurines? Never saw a snake one before last week. You know I bought that sucker just in case. Put a snake skin patterned bow on it. After a few songs and he says: “...have a new album coming out.” Slowly put the snake skeleton on that low stage speaker cabinet in front of me. He took it. Said something about us guys being ahead of the curve and it really is not about a snake, but a character.

The music mix was great (as if Matty would ever disappoint in that regard working the soundboard). George N is something to watch on guitar and more than stepped up with guitar parts as Rick was not playing. Jorge has his own patented drumming style for sure and is just so much fun to watch. Siggy on bass. His energy, I want it bottled and shared. Tim on keyboards is solid. Just solid. (Yes, you know I miss Derek). No buts, Tim is first class pro in his own right. This time, I did not really look at the back screen. Being that close it was all about the people on stage and around me. There was a boy with headphones on (go mom! protecting his ears!) who was sort of pacing behind us. Just in motion the way boys can be. His mom and grandmother trailed him and would correct his course when it was going to go into others. They kept him corralled without tying him down. Rick did have him up on stage for Don't Talk to Strangers. Kid rocked it. Anyone get that on video? His mom was overjoyed. I grabbed her from behind me and put her up to the stage so she could get better pics or video of her son, whatever she was doing with her phone. She talked to me afterwards. She said it was a miracle her son even got up on the stage let alone get into it. That it was a really huge breakthrough for him. I bring this up because it is yet another little story showing that everyone has a story. Things are rarely what they seem to be on the surface at first glance. Glad for her I grabbed her. I got another hug from a cool human being out of it. So....he at some point does Human Touch! Woot! I have this thing about the stuffies claw machine at my local Kmart. I nail that thing every other time. There was a little rust colored monkey. You know that came to the show, too. He's just to my left when he starts Human Touch. I quietly hold the monkey up. He looks, then decides to take it. *grin* Hugged it. Sang the “monkey on her back” lyric and tossed it back to me. I immediately gave it to the boy who got up on stage earlier. Asked him if he'd like it. Asked his mom at same time if it was OK. I don't need it. I have my cherished RS stuff. It is so much fun to pay it forward! He liked it and now has a cool memento of that show. Really charming boy actually in his own way. Rick did go through crowd for Human Touch, too. I did get a hand touch. As he had mentioned about his right arm surgery at the beginning, and why he could not play guitar yet. I think people were for the most part careful of that arm. He had his left hand out for side 5's as he walked along. A security guy was in front of me and Rick, stopped at him, stared him down until the guy high 5'd him. LOL!

I wrote up to here Tuesday morning. Real life at work. The after-show glow is different this time. Because of Sunday at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas - It is possible to compartmentalize. Grab onto the good times, the positive while simultaneously taking stone cold sober hold of other realities and dealing with it. You can light this party up in the moment. To re-energize to be stone cold sober for the realities of this planet. He did play a song from SDAA (my personal favorite album). "Jesus Saves." I will just leave that there.

I love the screen backdrop with various video accompaniment for each song. The lights from that add an energy. My summary? Not a show to be missed if you can help it. Lighting the party up for me with a show like this fills me up for real life! Woot!

This was the set list: (Thanks Darla!)

Light This Party Up (excellent way to launch full speed into his show!)

IGE  (I… not miss having folks on stage.  Means more time in show for more songs!)
Affair of the Heart
Jesus Saves
Bop Til You Drop
Love Is Alright Tonight
Our Ship’s Sinking
That One
Human Touch (was amazed he braved the audience surfing with the arm still healing.)
Love Somebody
Jessie’s Girl

Photos by Darla Gerken


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review of Atlantic City Concert

Atlantic City Full Band Show
September 23, 2017
Review by Lisa Howell

I know this is a little late…but better late than never!
I bought my tickets for the show in April, so this was a highly anticipated concert!  Of course, Rick didn't disappoint…even without his guitar!  I'll admit I was a little disappointed to hear that Rick wouldn't be playing the guitar for this show and I thought he would look and feel awkward without it.  Boy, was I wrong!  I actually liked that he didn't have a guitar in front of him all night.  I think it allowed him to have more interaction with his fans.  Don't get me wrong, I love Rick's guitar playing, but I did like him without it for this particular concert.

The first time I saw Rick in concert was May 21, 1982 when I was 14. It was also my very first rock concert....and my first unchaperoned date.  It was a BIG night for me and turned out to be the most exciting night of my life up to that point.  The surge of excitement I felt when Rick came on stage along with the thrill of the roaring crowd was like nothing I had ever experienced before.  It's a feeling I'll never forget!

Now, back to the Atlantic City concert......
The minute Rick walked onto the stage, the excitement rushing through me was hard to contain!  I had an awesome front row seat and was thrilled when Rick came over and sat down on the edge of the stage in front of me….TWICE!
He started the concert with “Light This Party Up” and the party was ON!  He did all of the great ‘80s hits, including my favorite (from the 80s) – Alyson.  Actually, he did most of my favorites…including “Our Ship’s Sinking”.  I did miss the guitar on that one - I love watching him play the guitar on that song!  If you haven't seen the YouTube video of it, you should – he totally ROCKS it!  He included a couple songs from my favorite album, shock/denial/anger/acceptance, including “Jesus Saves" and “I'll Make You Happy”.  He DOES make me happy and judging from the audience's energy and excitement, he makes them happy too!  He also did a couple songs from the Rocket Science album – “Down” and “That One”. He said that he had planned to do “Miss Mayhem” but because of his injured arm, he substituted it for another song from the album.
It was Siggy’s (bass player) birthday, so of course, we sang Happy Birthday to him.  Rick loves singing Happy Birthday!  And speaking of birthdays, Rick recently celebrated his 68th birthday, but even 30+ years later, the electrifying energy is still ALIVE and well!
Since Rick wasn't playing the guitar, I didn't expect there to be rose explosions.  Oh, there were rose explosions - on speakers, guitars, the mic stand and even the drums - sending Jorge running for cover a few times!

The highlight of the show was "Don't Talk To Strangers" when Rick brings the kids on stage to sing and dance with him.  Rick recognized one of the kids from a previous Stripped Down Show - four year old Jake.  Jake was wearing a shirt that said, "I've had Jessie's Girl" which everyone, including Rick got a kick out of.  Apparently Jake had scolded Rick at a previous Stripped Down show for "saying bad words" which I won't repeat.  I believe there is a video on YouTube (I love YouTube!)  Jake has to be the cutest kid I've ever seen!  After Jake "stole the show", Rick says he wants to take him on the road and after some dancing - and the kid has some moves too - Rick jokingly boots Jake off stage, with a standing ovation from the crowd.

Rick later mentioned that he will be on the upcoming season of the FX channel TV series “American Horror Story” and that he'll also continue his role as Lucifer on the CW channel TV series “Supernatural” this season.  When does this man sleep? Lol
He finished the night with “Kristina” and “Jessie’s Girl”.
This was hands down the BEST concert I've ever been to!  And unlike my 1982 concert, I didn't spend the next two weeks crying myself to sleep every night because I couldn't be his girlfriend! (True story)
As usual, he left me wanting MORE, so I can't wait to see his Annapolis show in December!

Photo of Jake and Rick by Denise Bozarth    (used with the permission of Jake's parents)

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Tour Date in Indiana

New date added to Rick's 2018 touring schedule:

Blue Gate Theater

Shipshewana Event Center
Shipshewana, Indiana
May 19, 2018
Solo Stripped Down Show

Photo by Renata Hearn

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Huber Heights, OH concert review

Rose Music Center 
Huber Heights, OH
September 16, 2017
Review & photos by Laurie Bedigian

Saturday was a perfect evening in Huber Heights, Ohio.  A perfect night for a three hour road trip to see Rick Springfield at the Rose Music Center that is.  The Rose Music Center is a fairly new but intimate outdoor venue near Dayton, Ohio.

The show was originally scheduled for a Friday in May but Rick had to reschedule due to illness.  And boy, was it ever worth the wait!

The night began with a set from the Ohio based 80’s band, Stranger.  The crowd was really enthusiastic and the band was very well received.

Then came the best part of the night – Rick and his band took the stage around 9 pm after the usual video show which showcased pretty much his entire career.

This show was different in that Rick was unable to play the guitar due to an injury which ended with surgery to repair a torn tendon.  So he came out in the usual summer shorts and black shirt and danced and sang the night away.  Rick was all over the stage and he seemed to be having a great time.  He smiled and joked, sharing stories with the audience.  Honestly, I think this was the best full band show I’ve ever seen – and I’ve been seeing Rick live for over 30 years.

The band played the usual songs, opening with “Light This Party Up” followed by “I’ve Done Everything for you” and “I Get Excited.”  Rick included probably my favorite song from “Rocket Science” – “Down,” in the early part of the show.

The night continued with so many favorites, including “Affair of the Heart,” “Love is Alright,” “Human Touch,” and “Love Somebody.”

As usual, Rick pulled some adorable kids on stage for “Don’t Talk to Strangers.”  For me, that part of the show never gets old.  And Rick really seems to enjoy interacting with the kids.  He actually commented that he loves “animals and kids” more than anything.  And who can blame him?

The evening ended with two encores - “Jessie’s Girl” and “Kristina.”  Although everyone wanted more, it was clear that Rick was exhausted by the end of the show. 

Rick and his band are currently on tour.  His new record, The Snake King, will be out in the Spring.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Rick returns to Rams Head

A new show has been added to the tour schedule for 2017:

Rams Head on Stage
Annapolis, MD
December 10, 2017
Stripped Down show

Photo by Mike Gerken

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Florida show announced

A Florida date has just been added to the tour schedule:

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sarasota, FL
March 15, 2018
Full band show

Photo by Michelle Porchia

Monday, August 28, 2017

Concert dates cancelled

Official announcement from Rick's website:
Rick Springfield is forced to cancel his shows in Regina and Winnipeg this week due to an unexpected minor surgery on his arm. Although the surgery was successful in repairing a torn tendon, the recovery process has taken longer than both Rick and his surgeon expected. Rick will resume his touring schedule on Friday, September 1 in Vancouver at the PNE.
"I am very sorry to disappoint and inconvenience my friends and fans in Regina and Winnipeg especially since it has been many years since I have performed there. I hope to schedule a new date on another tour soon." - Rick
Ticket refunds for the Regina and Winnipeg concerts can be obtained at the point of purchase.
Tickets for Friday's show in Vancouver can be purchased here:…

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Florida date announced

Hayes Hall
Naples, FL
March 25, 2018
Full band show

Photo by Renata Hearn

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Celebrate Life Birthday Campaign

If you would like to honor Rick Springfield's birthday, check out The Celebrate Life Campaign.  The campaign is in full swing until September 15th.

Proceeds will benefit The Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation.

Donate for a chance to win the Grand Prize, a Celebrate Guitar, with a meet and greet with Rick.

Visit The Celebrate Life Campaign website for information.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Tour dates added

Rick & Richard Marx acoustic shows:
Atlanta Symphony Hall
Atlanta, GA
December 5, 2017

Bell Auditorium
Augusta, GA
December 6, 2017

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Asheville, NC
December 7, 2017

Stripped Down show:
McCoy Center
New Albany, OH
January 12, 2018

Full band with Nashville Symphony:
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nashville, TN
June 29, 2018

Photos by Melody Love

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Rick/Richard Marx show

A new Stripped Down date has been added to the tour schedule:

Hard Rock Tulsa - The Joint
October 8, 2017
Rick and Richard Marx Acoustic show

Photo by Renata Hearn

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New show announced

Arizona State Fair
Phoenix, AZ
October 27, 2017
Full band show

Photo by Lucy Apple

Sunday, July 23, 2017

"Mile High City" concert announced

A Taste of Colorado
Denver, CO

September 2, 2017 - Labor Day Weekend
Full band show

(Free show)

Photo by Mike Gerken

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tour schedule updates

Margaritaville Casino - Paradise Theater
Acoustic sets by Rick and Richard Marx
Bossier City, LA
October 7, 2017

Motor City Casino
Detroit, MI
December 29, 2017
Full band show

Photo by Susan George

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Manistee, MI review

Little River Casino – Manistee, MI 7/1/17
Review by Darla Gerken
Photos by Mike & Darla Gerken

After seven years almost to the day, Rick Springfield returned to Little River Casino to a sold out show.  The moment the lights dimmed, there was a surge of fans heading to the front of the venue to greet Rick as he walked on stage to Light This Party Up. He seemed quite pleased with everyone standing in front of the stage and commented that they looked like they were in a party mood.  

He mentioned that his ear was “messed up” after playing a show in the rain the previous night and if we hear some bad notes, to not blame it on him.  I won’t go into the whole story, but he said that he woke up with a red mark on his chest and thought he had a bruised rib and not to hug him too hard when he came out in the crowd later.  Sounded like he had a couple rough nights!

After playing a few songs, he said he has a new CD coming out soon and the title will be
“Snake King”. He asked if anyone knew what it meant and then said he had no idea what it meant either. He also said that it was something that he had to write and not to hate him for it. Not sure what he was implying by that comment, so we will have to be patient until it is released.

There were some technical issues with the video being out of sync with the songs and it even stopped several times. When he started the Bop Medley the video stopped completely and he only sang Bop ‘Til You Drop and went on to Love is Alright. I felt a little cheated because that part of the show we get to hear my favorite song – State of the Heart.  Though, we did get to hear Gloria which was added because the video stopped. Not sure why he couldn’t sing the complete medley without the video.

Rick found his victim for DTTS when he saw a gentleman that was seated. He asked Roger to sing, his response was that he did not know the song. Rick asked if he knew who he was. He said that he knew he sang Jessie’s Girl. He spent quite a bit of time picking on Roger, but he was a good sport.

It’s that time of year again when he starts to milk it for all he’s got that he has a birthday coming up. He asked if anyone knew how old he was going to be. I didn’t hear what the immediate response was but he smiled and yelled “shut up”.  Guess someone mentioned an age that was older than he anticipated.

Human Touch started out with a lot of cell phones being signed. He said that it was turning into an autograph session so that delayed him going into the crowd. He didn’t get too far into the crowd because there were obstacles in the front seven rows since they were all seated and he did not have a clear path down the aisles to share his Human Touch. Those seats must have been comp tickets to casino regulars since they remained seated throughout the show, only standing when Jessie’s Girl was played. I was surprised that he started Jessie’s Girl and I’ll Make You Happy without a guitar in his hands. The guitar tech seemed to be a little slow on the draw.

As usual, it was a fun and upbeat night.

Set List:
Light This Party Up
Affair of the Heart
Bop ‘Til You Drop
Love Is Alright
Miss Mayhem
Our Ship’s Sinking
Human Touch
Love Somebody
Jessie’s Girl
I’ll Make You Happy

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Shows announced

WVU Creative Arts Center
Morgantown, WV
September 9, 2017
SD show with Richard Marx

Penn's Peak
Jim Thorpe, PA
September 21, 2017
Full band show

Wellmont Theater
Montclair, NJ
September 22, 2017
Full band show

Majestic Theater
Dallas, TX
October 5, 2017
SD show with Richard Marx

Photo by Terri Coe

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Free show

Free "full band" show just announced:

Frontier Days Festival
Arlington Heights, IL
July 2, 2017

Photo by Joanne Orr

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tour dates announced

Renaissance Theater
Mansfield, OH
September 15, 2017
Stripped Down show

Tobin Center for Performing Arts
Rick Springfield and Richard Marx
San Antonio, TX
October 4, 2017
Stripped Down show

Smart Financial Center
Rick Springfield and Richard Marx
Sugarland, TX
October 6, 2017
Stripped Down show

Stanley Hotel 
Estes Park, CO
November 17 & 18, 2017
Stripped Down show

Turning Stone Casino
Verona, NY
October 1, 2017
Full band show

Performing Arts Center at Kent State
New Philadelphia, OH
January 5, 2018
Stripped Down show

Photos by Lucy Apple & B. Minett

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Canadian show announced

Another date has been added to the Canadian tour:

PNE Amphitheater
Vancouver, BC
September 1, 2017
Full band show

Check back with us at the end of next week when new U.S. shows will be announced. A good variety of full band, Stripped Down and a couple acoustic shows with Richard Marx.

Photo by Renata Hearn

Friday, May 26, 2017

Stripped Down show in Indiana

Stripped Down show just announced:

The Palladium
Carmel, IN
November 5, 2017

Photo by Mary Miller

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Concert update

Due to illness, the Huber Heights, Ohio show on Friday, May 26 has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 16. All tickets will be honored for the new date.

The Riverside, IA show on Saturday, May 27th has been cancelled. Ticket buyers can request a refund from point of purchase.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Full band show announced:

Treasure Island Casino
Welch, MN
July 13, 2017

Photo by Mike Gerken

Monday, May 8, 2017

Acoustic show announced

Another acoustic show with Rick and Richard Marx has been added to the fall tour schedule:

Toyota Oakdale Theater
Wallingford, CT
September 7, 2017

Photo by Mary Miller

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Summer shows announced

All of the following shows announced are full band shows:

Stars & Stripes Festival
Novi, MI
June 30, 2017

Funfest - J. Fred Johnson Stadium
Kingsport, TN
July 21, 2017

Conexus Art Centre
Regina, SK (Canada)
August 29, 2017

Photo by Amy Rueff

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New tour dates

All of the following are full band shows:

Divots Event Center
Norfolk, NE
August 5, 2017

Burton Cummings Theater
Winnipeg, MB - Canada
August 30, 2017

Tropicana Hotel & Casino
Atlantic City, NJ
September 23, 2017

Photo by Lucy Apple

Friday, April 7, 2017

Tour dates announced

It looks like a exciting August and September with a lot of variety. A couple additional shows with Richard Marx and another with Pat Benatar have been announced.

Blue Stem Amphitheater
Moorhead, MN
August 9, 2017
Full band show
Co-Headling with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

Fremont Street Experience
Las Vegas, NV
August 12, 2017
FREE - Full band show

Britt Pavilion - Britt Music and Arts Festival
Jacksonville, OR
August 17, 2017
Full band show

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Gifford, NH
September 8, 2017
Co-Headling with Richard Marx
Stripped Down - Acoustic sets

Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA
September 10, 2017
Co-Headling with Richard Marx
Stripped Down - Acoustic sets

Photo by B. Minett

Friday, March 31, 2017

Michigan date announced

Little River Casino
Manistee, MI
July 1, 2017
Full band show

Photo by Bobbie Breaux