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