Not in Punta Cana

As you may remember (especially if you were planning on going), the Rick Springfield fan trip was scheduled in Punta Cana this week. Because of all the tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic being reported in the news a few months ago, it ended up being moved to Cancun, Mexico and postponed until May 14-18, 2020 (so there’s still time to play and win the lottery!).

So instead of a plethora of videos and posts from the fan trip flooding my RS social media feed this week, it’s a little quieter due to there no being no fan trip this week and no shows scheduled to take its place. However, as indicated in the previous post, RS still keeps himself busy so there’s some activity to catch up on since that previous post. (Although hopefully he’s getting some resting and relaxing in with his family during this time off.)

Honoring a former band mate

The same week he officiated at the Malibu wedding of his guitarist AND was a keynote speaker at a conference in St. Louis, he also performed at an event, the Rock Godz Hall of Fame, honoring his former keyboardist Brett Tuggle, a member of his Fabulous Eels band back in the 1980s.

Forbes covered the evening here: “Rock Godz Hall of Fame Celebrates the Musicians and Industry Behind the Superstars.”

Here’s a slideshow, courtesy of Getty Images:

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Lucky kids

For Halloween, he performed at an elementary school for Great Pumpkin Day. Although I don’t think the kids truly appreciated how lucky they were to be sitting there with him, some of the teachers sang along.

Why at an elementary school, you may wonder?

Rick Springfield helped students celebrate Halloween with a special performance, including singing Witches’ Brew with his son, alum Josh Springthorpe ‘07
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Unfortunately I haven’t seen any video of RS singing “Witches Brew” with his son Josh, which was probably pretty adorable.

‘World on Fire’ coming soon?

This weekend, there was also an interview with RS shown on a Philadelphia TV station.

How much would you like to see the unedited version to see what they couldn’t use on camera?!

In the interview he mentions that he’s getting ready to release “World on Fire,” his second novel. Whoo-hoo!

A happy occasion

Despite the inconvenience it may have caused for some, it’s probably good that the fan trip got postponed because apparently his youngest son is getting married this next week so it’s good that everyone will be in the country in the days leading up to the big day. Best wishes and congratulations to the whole family!

Wedding in Malibu, keynote in St. Louis

in the early 1980s, teenage girls around the world fantasized about marrying Rick Springfield. That possibility disappeared in 1984 when he got married (35 years ago tomorrow). However, although it’s not an option to get married TO Rick Springfield, a couple has gotten married BY Rick Springfield.

When RS mentioned at a recent concert that he is now ordained to officiate at weddings and was going to marry his guitarist George Nastos, I thought he was joking and replayed the video (it was posted on FB) a couple more times to make sure I heard it correctly.

As discovered after some RS sleuthing on social media, he wasn’t joking. This past week, he officiated at the wedding of Nastos and his beautiful bride, which was held in the backyard of the Springthorpes’ Malibu home.

Best wishes to the newlyweds, may they have a happy life together! (And Happy Anniversary to the Springthorpes!)

Providing inspiration in St. Louis

A few days before the wedding, RS performed a few Stripped Down shows with Richard Marx and after the wedding, he headed to St. Louis, where he was the keynote speaker at a Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare conference. He shared his personal experience about living with depression and provided inspiration and encouragement for those who are suffering with it.

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Providing support in Canada

If being a rock star who officiates at weddings and inspires others by sharing his challenges isn’t enough awesomeness for one post, he also lent his song “Saint Sahara” from the “Venus in Overdrive” album to an annual Childhood Cancer Canada fundraiser for childhood cancer that his good friends Shantelle and Yannick Bisson are involved with.

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It’s so heart-wrenching to think of the loss of all these beautiful children and what their families must have gone through. Each picture represents a heartbreaking loss for a family. (To learn more about Sahara, click here.)

Although life can be distressing and challenging at times, it’s comforting to know that there is also a great deal of beauty and goodness out there in the world, too, with people working to bring light into the world and helping others.

Rick Springfield fans raise $34,170 for the dogs

The final total is in for the fan-led Rick Springfield Birthday Campaign: $34,170!

It’s pretty incredible when you think about it – a group of Rick Springfield fans who I’m sure already have very busy lives take on this huge responsibility of raising funds in honor of their favorite rock star’s birthday.

They’ve done this each year since 2007 – 13 years in all, raising a total of $156,730.52. The totals of previous years ranged from $2,500 back in 2008 to $18,666 in 2015 so this year’s campaign really blew all the others away! This year’s donations, raised from July 26 to Sept. 27, all went to Linda Blair’s Worldheart Foundation, which helps rescue dogs.

(Here’s a post from 2017 that goes into more details about the campaign: “Over 100K raised through Rick Springfield birthday campaigns.”)

Not only did they promote it through a website they created, as well as social media channels, they also sold birthday campaign T-shirts and coordinated a whole prize-giving campaign that involved lots of other generous fans who donated prizes. I’m excited to say that I received a prize this year! My prize relates to a period of RS’s career that I’m not that familiar with so I’m especially excited to learn more about it. I’ll share more about it when I receive it, since I don’t think I’ve addressed it much in this blog.

(Congrats to the grand-prize winners of the dinner with RS and the original drawings!)

The contest organizers have mentioned that this will be the last year they run this campaign to this extent so I just wanted to say THANK YOU to them for making the RS birthday season so fun for fellow fans!

Photo courtesy of the Rick Springfield Birthday Campaign

Birthday campaign surpasses goal

Here we are two weeks after Rick Springfield’s birthday and three weeks before the fan-run birthday campaign officially ends and the campaign has already surpassed its $20,000 goal! As of today, $22,000 has been raised for the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation. It’s a “Holy Shit” campaign for his “70th Holy Shit Birthday”!

Before this  year, the birthday campaign that raised the most money was in 2015 for his 66th birthday, which raised $18,666.

That’s pretty awesome that  so many dogs will receive help from RS fans in honor of his birthday because as any fan knows, he loves dogs. (The idea of a dinner with Rick Springfield, the grand prize, is cool, too.) There’s still time to be eligible for this grand prize plus lots of other great prizes.  Visit happybirthdayrick.com.

In other recent news, RS rocked a teal guitar for ovarian cancer awareness at the New York State Fair for the nonprofit Hope for Heather. September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. (Teal stands for Tell Every Amazing Lady – learn about the symptoms here.)

Thank you to Rick Springfield for being an honorary Man of Teal rocking the H4H Teal Guitar during “Jessie’s Girl” at the NYS Fair tonight! His speech was so moving and it was simply incredible for him to share the message on stage during his packed concert. So grateful! Tell Every Amazing Lady about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. 💙

According to one radio station, RS had a record-breaking audience of 14,000 for his show at the New York State Fair. Plus there was an awesome concert review of a different show on the Love is Pop blog. 

I think maybe the word is getting out how awesome he is.

An accomplished 70 years

Happy birthday to my favorite rock star! I hope he can feel all the love being expressed in Cyberspace today by those who are so grateful for all he’s accomplished in his 70 years.

Here’s my little message through Cyberspace for him:

Thank you, Rick Springfield, for providing so much inspiration to so many people, in addition to all the great music you’ve put into the world. By sharing so much of yourself, you’ve brought healing to so many people. Simply put, the world would be a VERY different place without all your contributions throughout your seven decades here on Earth and my life would have been very different as well. Both my teenage self and my 50-year-old self wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

In celebration of his birthday, his fans are raising money for the dogs from the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation (to honor his love for dogs) and this year’s campaign has raised over $14,000 so far. (The campaign runs through Sept. 27 and donations can qualify you for different prizes, such as original drawings by RS and a chance to have dinner with him.) Visit happybirthdayrick.com to learn more.

This weekend DJ Rowdy Ron will present his Saturday Night Springfield Special to celebrate the big birthday – an all-night show featuring Rick Springfield songs through the decades, including lots of limited-edition versions. This Saturday night, Aug. 24, beginning at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. EST. Check out the Rowdy Ron Radio group on Facebook
for details and for a live chat during the show.

Since RS isn’t performing in concert tonight, here are some “Happy Birthday” videos from recent shows:

 

Rick Springfield Day

Happy Rick Springfield Day!

What do you mean, you may ask. Isn’t every day Rick Springfield Day?

True, but on Aug. 13, 1982, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley officially proclaimed the day as Rick Springfield Day. Since the former mayor has a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport named after him, you know he had some clout.

So if you need an excuse to play Rick Springfield music all day long, today can be the day.

Here’s a news report on the proclamation, courtesy of rsandus:

On a related note, one of the photos I wrote about finding in a past post, Random photos in an envelope, captured the moment in the photo by Jeffrey Mayer/Rainbow Photography that is on the top of this post.

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So much can happen in five years!

Five years ago today, I posted the first post on this blog. I had just “rediscovered” Rick Springfield after more than a decade of not following his career and after catching up on some of his music and reading his autobiography, I was so excited about all that I learned. However, nobody around me seemed that interested and I felt like I was becoming annoying with all my RS excitement.

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So instead I decided to start a blog to have a place to express all my thoughts about it and maybe someone else might be interested. And even if nobody actually read it, at least I could get everything out of my head, much like I did in my journals when I was younger.

I never thought I’d still be writing the blog five years later, but RS has been amazingly busy over the past few years and provided so much content to write about.

For instance, when I wrote that first post, none of this existed yet:

I’m sure I’m missing several other things as well, but you get the idea.

According to the blog stats, up until today, there have been 394 posts and 45,211 views by nearly 26,992 visitors.

So to everyone who has read the RS Crush blog, thank you! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it!

Win a dinner with Rick Springfield

The fan-based Rick Springfield Birthday Campaign is now under way, raising more than $3,000 in the first five days. That’s pretty awesome, considering that surpasses both the entire 2008 and 2009 campaigns.

Perhaps in those days they weren’t offering DINNER WITH RICK SPRINGFIELD as the grand prize.

Yes, you read that correctly – the grand prize is DINNER WITH RICK SPRINGFIELD! (I felt compelled to use all caps since why not yell out that exciting news?)

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There are some other cool prizes, too, such as original drawings by RS himself. (You may have heard that he’s a musician, songwriter, singer, author and actor – did you know he’s an artist, too?)

Here he is at work, sketching one of the prizes, Grand Prize #3:

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Grand Prize #2 is a sketch of his cute dog Bindi:

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It’s kind of like getting a signed photograph from the RS fan club back in the ’80s, but this time they are original drawings.

Check out happybirthdayrick.com to find out how to enter to receive these prizes. All donations go toward the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, which helps rescue dogs.

(When my 9-year-old overheard the video of RS announcing the campaign, he recognized his voice: “Is that Rick Springfield?” he asked. When I told him that RS fans were raising money for a charity for his birthday, I asked him what charity he thought it would be. “An animal shelter?” he asked. Yes, I told him, it’s for dogs. What made him guess that? “Because, dogs,” he said. “Dogs may drool, but they also rule.”)

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to have dinner with Rick Springfield? I can only imagine what it would be like – probably me just sitting there smiling and staring, unable to say a word. I’d have to bring a talkative friend with me so it wouldn’t be too awkward.

Although, I also suspect it would be really cool, like it was for this lucky fan on this “prom date” back in 2004 (video courtesy of rsandus):

Rick Springfield’s official 70th birthday celebration begins!

The first response people have when learning Rick Springfield is turning 70 this year is “WHAT?!”

Not only is it because he looks about 20 years younger, especially when performing – running around the audience, jumping unbelievably high on stage, etc. – but also because if he’s 70, then his fans who were in their early teens when they started being fans are now either approaching 50 or in their 50s. WHAT?!

Yes, it’s true.

I don’t know how common it is for fans to run birthday campaigns for their favorite rock star, but Rick Springfield fans have run incredible campaigns in honor of RS since 2007 and have so far raised over $122,000 for different charities.

Today is the kick-off of this year’s fan-based campaign, “Orchestrating a Dog’s Life” and all funds raised will go to Linda Blair’s Worldheart Foundation, which helps dogs. As you may know, Rick Springfield loves dogs.

(See the Facebook post when he recently stopped at an animal shelter in Minnesota to visit the dogs while he was in town for a concert and he and some fans donated money to the shelter, too.)

So far on the first day, more than $700 in donations have come in and the campaign runs through Sept. 27 with a goal of raising $20,000 for the dogs. (Last year’s campaign raised more than $15,000.) In case this information hasn’t been imprinted on your brain for the past three decades or so, his actual birthday is Aug. 23.

For more history about the campaign, click here.

In addition to raising money for charities, the campaign also has a fun prize component, where people fans donate Rick Springfield movies, CDs, merchandise, as well as gift cards and other items and every $5 donation gets a entry ticket and then there’s a big prize drawing at the end. (One year the grand prize was having dinner with RS himself!) Thank you to all the fans who work on this campaign each year and those who donate the prizes!

Learn all about the campaign at happybirthdayrick.com.

A rock star that inspires so many fans

With so many of today’s “leaders” being such poor examples of being a good human being, thank goodness for all the artists, musicians and other creatives out there who follow their passion to be a positive force in the world.

By sharing their truths with the world, they often forge a connection with their fans and give them strength. As this is a blog about Rick Springfield, naturally I will use him as an example.

Although he has made some not-so-stellar choices during his lifetime, which he seems to often beat himself up over, he has, through sharing and baring his soul, brought strength to so many. Through his songs, his autobiography and in interviews, he divulges more than the average human being would about his negative actions and by doing so, brings solace to others who may have found themselves in similar situations.

Not only that, but he also seems to inspire creativity in others.

For instance, he recently posted a video based on “My Father’s Chair” created by a film student.

Oftentimes, fans will post artwork they painted or drew of RS and one artist wrote a post about a chalk drawing she drew in tribute to RS’s birthday: “My many muses: Rick Springfield 2016” and a follow-up post: Back to the drawing board: Rick Springfield.

Then of course on YouTube there are several covers of his songs – mainly “Jessie’s Girl,” but here are some others that seem to exist not because the musicians are in an ’80s cover band, but because they’re RS fans :

From lespaulfanofsparta on YouTube:

And this cool father-daughter “Jessie’s Girl” cover, courtesy of Krizten Centino’s YouTube channel:

“Love is Alright Tonight” from posturex1:

There are several others if you’re interested in searching “Rick Springfield covers on YouTube.”

Obviously, he’s been a big inspiration to me, which I explained in a 2015 post about a year after I started writing this blog “Blogging to inspiration.” Can you believe that it’s almost the five-year anniversary of this blog?! Since then, I’ve been on my own little songwriting journey, definitely inspired by RS.

Some people don’t get any opportunities to inspire others and others inspire others simply by doing what they love and being kind to others. So once, again, thank you RS for being a source of inspiration!

Question for RS fans: How has he inspired you?