Rick Springfield

| July 24, 2014

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.

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As the 2 commenters have mentioned above, sounds like you aren't quite up to date on what Rick has been doing. His concerts are filled with such high energy and are so fan friendly, you should try and catch one, he tours almost 100 dates a year. Also, you might want to take a look at a fan documentary that really showcases Rick's amazing connection with his many, many very loyal fans. "An Affair of the Heart" is the title of this awesome film which had its New York City premier in October 2012. It's both heartwarming and funny, it'll make you laugh and cry. The film crew followed Rick for over two years, gathering concert footage as well as interviewing Rick and the featured fans. The film focuses on 7 fans and shows the amazing connection they have with Rick and how he has touched their lives. It shows the 'human' side of Rick and how he loves his fans as much as we love him. Yellow Rick Road Productions did an awesome job filming this incredible documentary...It's a must see for fans and non-fans alike and you will definitely be a fan after watching this film. It's available on BluRay DVD at rickspringfielddoc.com as well as Amazon...and I guarantee you will LOVE it!!

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Posted by Joanne Suriano on 07/25/2014 at 11:04 AM

I don't think you are quite up to date on Mr. Springfield and his accomplishments as a musician. I just spent the weekend attending two of his shows. He is more impressive now and puts on a much better show than he ever did in the 80s. And I know because I saw him 4 times back then as well.
Also have you really LISTENED to VIO or S4TEOTW? Because frankly they contain some of the best music he's ever written. His fan base (myself included) wouldn't be as strong as it is today if he didn't continually deliver fantastic music. How many other artists have had a core group of followers since the early 70s when he first got here and some from down under who've been fans since the 60s and his days in Zoot? You can't just write off somebody who can keep those people interested and completely entertained all those years (even when he quit to be a stay at home dad we were still there waiting for new music) as not having a hell of a lot of talent. His lyrics have matured along with all of us and his music continually and consistently rocks with the best of them. He has always been one hell of a guitar player and his music showcases that.
Both of his books were NYT bestsellers. Obviously the man can write. Not just song lyrics (for himself and many others) but now books as well.
He deserves so much more credit than he usually gets. There is so much more to him than Jessie's Girl.

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Posted by LovesRick on 07/24/2014 at 8:49 AM

Wow, sounds like you may not have seen him in concert recently. I've seen him twice (for the 1st time) recently and he is such an incredible musician. Truly a complete entertainer, not just someone re-hashing his youth. My husband (not a fan) also was totally impressed by his talent. I think his latest 2 albums, particularly "Venus in Overdrive", is some of the best stuff around. The books were good, a lot of fun, but having seen many, many rocks shows in my (many) decades, he's right up there with the best.

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Posted by Caroline on 07/24/2014 at 8:18 AM
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