Had you asked me just a few years ago if I was interested in going to a Rick Springfield concert, I would have laughed in your face. While I liked "Jessie's Girl," I never gave much more thought to the guy best known for being on soap operas and a brief stint on the original "Battlestar Galactica."
A couple of years ago, I was given a free pair of tickets to a Rick Springfield concert. I though to myself, "Why not? It's a free concert and I'm sure my wife will enjoy it."
The concert took place at the Isle of Capri in Lake Charles, LA. The concert hall itself was relatvely small, and we managed to find a couple of seats way in the back (about ten rows from the back of the room). The place was crawling with women ranging in age from forty to sixty, with a small batch of younger ladies aged twenty to forty. You could see on their faces and in their actions that they all thought they were going to catch Rick Springfield's eye and spend the rest of the evening with him.
When the show started, I quickly noticed that Springfield was handling guitar duties with no problems at all. He played all of his hits and interspersed them with straight covers of very popular tunes from the 70's and 80's.
His interaction with the audience was amazing. He played well to the female demographic, mentioning the fact that his bare backside was probably seen by most of them in a film he did back in the 80's. He also got a few guys involved with the show as well by admitting that most of them probably only showed up to his concert because their significant other dragged them along.
He proceeded to march out into the crowd during some of the songs, played slide guitar (after asking permission) with someone's cellphone and using it to call one of their friends and telling them they were missing a great show, and hugged tons of women during the song "Human Touch." In fact, he came all the way back to our row and hugged the elderly woman sitting next to my wife. Had that old lady not been there, my wife probably would have gotten a sweaty hug. Instead, we had to settle for him giving me a firm handshake.
The guy really knows how to play the guitar. No longer confined to playing only his hits and/or pandering to the femal crowd the entire time, Springfield cut loose on the axe and showed that he is much more than an average pop star.
I would have no problem paying to see him in concert again. His show was excellent and my wife and I (and tons of ladies) had a great time.
When I entered that concert, I walked in as a man just looking for a good night of fun. When I left that concert, Rick Springfield had won another big fan.
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Singer, actor. Born Richard Lewis Springthorpe, on August 23, 1949, in Sydney, Australia. The son of an Australian army officer, Springfield frequently moved throughout his childhood, living in both Australia and England. While in high school, he developed an affinity for music, began playing the guitar, and formed a band called the Jordy Boys. He went on to perform with the groups Rock House and Zoot before launching a solo singing career with the 1971 Australian hit "Speak to the Sky."
After an auspicious solo debut in Australia, Springfield was signed by the American-based label Capitol Records. In 1972, he moved to Los Angeles and released the album Beginnings. Featuring many of his previous Australian hits, including a new version of "Speak to the Sky," the album fared well on the charts. To Springfield's dismay, critics immediately labeled him the next teen pop idol. In 1973, in an attempt to shed his bubble gum image, Springfield moved to Columbia Records, where he recorded the disappointing LP Comic Book Heroes.
In the mid-1970s, Springfield temporarily shelved his music career and concentrated on acting, appearing on several popular television programs like The Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, and The Six-Million Dollar Man. In 1980, he managed to secure a recording contract with RCA. While recording with the label, Springfield was cast as the dashing Dr. Noah Drake on the popular daytime drama General Hospital. As his ...