For some, Rick Springfield is just a guy on the radio who wants Jessie’s girl. For others, he offered the sage advice of “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Celebrate Youth” when they needed to hear it. He represents early ’80s pop rock, with his signature steely vocal harmonies and uncomplicated riffs. Springfield specialized in the kind of quick hits where every song title is also the chorus. He spread his stardom as heartthrob Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital,” a role he is currently reprising. That Australian really won us over for a minute.
In the last several years, Springfield has been busy with some promising projects, mostly as a writer. He penned a best-selling memoir, Late, Late at Night, and released a New York Times best seller, Magnificent Vibration, about a guy who finds a 1-800 number in a self-help book and discovers it’s a direct line to God. It’s too bad his past two albums, 2012’s Songs For the End of the World and 2008’s Venus in Overdrive, sound more like a dad trying to impress his teenage kid with mid-2000s modern rock—though, to be fair, he emulates that sound well. The thing is, he doesn’t need to change his style to find new young followers. “Jessie’s Girl” and the sound that come with it will always be enough.
Rick Springfield plays the Wilma Thu., Aug. 14, at 8 PM with Jared & the Mill. Doors open at 7 PM. $45 balcony/$55 orchestra/$70 reserved pit.