Quarantine entertainment

Well, lots has changed since my last post on this blog. The world is completely different than it was a month ago. Any optimism and promise present at the beginning of 2020 has pretty much disappeared. As one Facebook post said, “Can we uninstall 2020 and install it again? This version has a virus.”

All that’s left to do at this point is deal with this new reality and adjust to it. Hope you all are in a safe place where you can stay home with loved ones and stay healthy.

Although the situation feels bleak, there are fortunately many people who are still committed to spreading love and joy. There are many stories of generosity and heroism and many examples of people continuing to share their light with the world. All of this is so appreciated and so needed right now.

If you follow Rick Springfield on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, you may have seen what he’s been up to since so many of his shows have been cancelled. Fortunately he must be getting a little bored because he’s posted several humorous videos, including a remake of his hit song “Human Touch.”

He has also posted a series of videos that have a premise that he’s going to teach viewers how to play “Jessie’s Girl” but he gets a little distracted in each one.

These have been welcome breaks of joy in days of working at home while trying to monitor three kids who are in the midst of remote learning and I’m sure they bring joy to many others who are in much worse situations. (Plus it’s fun to see different rooms in his house.)

(Funny side note: There was a Facebook post on my newsfeed today that said that the song that was #1 on your 12th birthday is your quarantine song. “Jessie’s Girl” was the #1 song on my 12th birthday.)

He also had a Zoom chat with his buddy Richard Marx , who is hosting an online interview show, #socialdistancing, from his house.

But wait, there’s even more (and this is all in the past five days). There’s also a mini songwriting series with actor and comedian Vance DeGeneres. So far one has been posted, but it looks like there will be more.

Plus, a very exciting announcement was made today (and hopefully it’s not an April Fool’s joke): a Zoom Happy Half-Hour with Rick Springfield on Sunday! (Do you think it will involve some Beach Bar Rum?)

Tired of being stuck inside? Drinking alone or only with your significant other? Still talking with your significant other? Well, starting this Sunday you can have a drink and intimate chat with me and seven other RS-BFF’s. If you want to join in, just send your “I want in on this” email now to: RSHappyHour@gmail.com

Oh, and post your best questions in the comments here that you’d ask me at a happy hour and I might answer your question even if you don’t get in on this private chat! We will randomly select and invite seven fans who email to join me on a private Zoom chat this Sunday (and hopefully every Sunday until we’re out of quarantine). As soon as we’re done, we’ll post it online for everyone to view. Sound good? I’ll bring Bindi and you bring your special animal or your significant other!

See you then.

XOXO Rick

Definitely a bright spot in this quarantine! Stay healthy!

Zoot to reunite for Australia performances

Way back before “Jessie’s Girl,” “General Hospital” and even “Speak to the Sky,” there was Zoot.

As the Noise 11 site says, “As the 60s turned into the 70s, Zoot was one of Australia’s most popular Pop Rock bands.” After the band disbanded in 1971, each of its members went on to find more great success. If you read this blog, you likely know a great deal of what the band’s guitarist has been up to.

Other members were Beeb Birtles, who formed Mississippi then the Little River Band; Rick Brewer joined The Ferrets: and Darryl Cotton had several hits then hosted a TV show. The band reunited in 2011 on one of the Rick Springfield fan cruises, resulting in a live album and DVD. They hoped to continue performing together but sadly Darryl Cotton died the following year from liver cancer.

Now, for the first time in nearly 50 years, the band will perform a handful of gigs in Australia. Musician Russell Morris will fill in for Darryl Cotton. The show will not only include Zoot songs, but also songs that each of the individual members did after leaving the band (so Australian fans will be able to hear “Jessie’s Girl” live).

According to the Noise 11 article, the show will have three parts – “Zoot bubblegum” songs, an acoustic set and then heavier Zoot songs. (Check out the article for a lot of great videos and more information.)

The shows are Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 20-21, 2020.

Here’s a little message from RS about the tour (with an Australian accent…)


Update on the guitar auction

The online auction of guitars from Rick Springfield’s private collection is currently under way and ends Friday. Forbes even reported on it: “Rock star legend auctions his guitars to aid Australian wildlife” Below is RS’s reply to the reporter’s question about how precious the guitars are to him:

“Not as precious as the animals. They are favorites and I have quite a bit of history with some of them. I have used them in recordings, in performances.I have written countless songs on some of them. And I’ve never met a guitar I didn’t like. Wildlife Warriors are hands on and treating burned, orphaned and homeless animals that are all victims of the fires. I hope the guitars find good homes and raise some useful money for the Aussie animals.”  

– Rick Springfield, Forbes

More on wildfire fundraisers

I wore my koala bear “Souls to Save” shirt for the first time the other day and my 9-year-old son, who has never commented on my clothing before as far as I can remember, took a look at it and said “I love that shirt!” I told him the story behind it and he said he loved it even more (plus he loved how soft it is). Just thought I’d share that. (Note: The shirt is now sold out and, according to the merch site, they will not be getting any more in at this time.)

An animated plumber?

Voicing an animated character is nothing new for RS. He appeared in “Family Guy” and all the the way back to the 1970s, there was “Mission: Magic!” According to a recent social media post, he also lent his voice to an Australian plumber on an episode of “Duncanville.”

Hmmm. Weird. Someone said tonight’s episode of “Duncanville” on Fox might feature an Australian plumber who sounds just like me. Guess I’ll have to watch and find out. 😉

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I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but it looks like you can watch it here.

There’s another addition to RS’s lengthy IMBD profile: “The Pitch,” a short listed as being in post-production. RS is listed as playing the character of “Barley” (he could have played the character listed as “Handsome Guy,” too.) The director of the short is Jackson White, the son of actress Katey Sagal and musician Jack White (RS’s drummer during the early 80s, among other times).

One more thing

RS had to miss the Eddie Money memorial celebration because he was sick and had to cancel a couple of shows. Hope he is feeling better now!

Guitars for sale

Rick Springfield has had many guitars in his life, coming a long way from his childhood when he used a backwards tennis racket and cardboard cutouts to “perform” in his living room.

In a 2012 Guitar World article, he talked about his vintage guitar collection, which includes the 1969 Gibson SG that he wrote “Jessie’s Girl” on – and later used four decades later in “Ricki and the Flash.”

That article included a partial list of RS’s guitar collection:

•’60s Framus Hollywood

• ’60s Hofner Galaxie

• ’60s Kay Red Devil

• ’65 Fender Mustang

• ’60s Maton Wedgetail (A vintage Aussie guitar)

• My original ’69 Gibson SG that I wrote “Jessie’s Girl” on

• ’74 Gibson Les Paul used on most of Working Class Dog

• ’61 Fender Strat

• ’49 Kay

• ’60s Airline I use for slide

• ’69 Ricky 12-string

• ’50s Gibson J-45

• ’60s Gibson ES-175

• ’60’s Hofner violin bass signed by Paul McCartney

• New Gibson Les Paul signed to me by Les Paul

• A Squire signed to me by my hero, Hank B. Marvin of The Shadows

• And maybe some other stuff!

His first guitar was a “$5 piece of crap from the local Woolworths,” according to a 2017 interview on extremeguitars.com. (In that article, he also shares the one thing that fans don’t know about him: “I’m a neatness freak around my own home but on the road my hotel rooms look like a homeless guy’s lived there for 6 months.” Now you know. )

For a gallery of some of the many guitars he’s performed with through the years, check out the Rick Springfield and Us website page “Guitar Picks.”

Why all this guitar talk?

RS recently announced that he will auction off a number of his guitars to benefit something also dear to him – Australian wildlife. From Feb. 21 to March 6, guitars from his personal collection will be auctioned to benefit Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors.

Details about the auction, from the Heritage Auctions site:

Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, actor and best-selling author Rick Springfield, has been moved by the tragic fires which have impacted his homeland to become an activist raising awareness and funds for Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors of Australia. Wildlife Warriors is leading the charge to help rescue and rehabilitate the half a billion animals that have been impacted by the wild fires. The Wildlife Warriors mission is to take action to support conservation and defend our most threatened wild life species and natural habitats. This auction features stage and studio played guitars from the personal collection of Rick Springfield whose career includes 17 Top 40 hits, such as the #1 smash hit “Jessie’s Girl”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “Love Somebody”, and “I’ve Done Everything For You”, along with thousands of live performances for millions of fans worldwide. Your bid matters to help raise funds for this worthy cause, so bid often and generously. To continue your support of the cause, we invite you to make a contribution directly to help raise funds.

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The site has pics and descriptions of each of the guitars if you want to learn more.

Here are a few tidbits:

  • Rick Springfield’s Circa 1960’s Framus Hollywood Solid Body Electric Guitar, NVSN. This is a single cut, 3-pickup, Hollywood model Framus guitar. Rick bought this guitar because it is the same model as the very first electric guitar he bought at age 15, “We couldn’t afford Gibsons or Fenders back then – Rick Springfield, Jan 2020. This guitar is German-made and all-original.
  • Rick Springfield’s 1993 Warmoth Strat Natural Solid Body Electric Guitar, NVSN. This is a Warmoth Strat-style guitar with an oil finish. Rick used this guitar extensively in the studio and in his writing room for demos and writing songs. He also used this guitar on stage when he began touring again in 1994.
  • Rick Springfield’s 1999 Gretsch White Falcon 6136 Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 999136-372. This is Rick Springfield’s pre-Fender Gretsch White Falcon in very nice condition. All-original with no repairs or excuses. Rick played this guitar for two years in the Las Vegas MGM Grand EFX show. This is also the only guitar he played on his cover album The Day After Yesterday as well as various other sessions. It has been hanging on Rick’s wall for the past five years. 
  • Rick Springfield’s 2004 Burns Marvin Fiesta Red Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 0475. This is a rare, limited run Hank Marvin/The Shadows model Burns of London guitar. Featuring a scroll headstock and a Fiesta Red finish. Rick used this guitar on a couple of sessions but it has mostly been kept in its case. Rick also had this guitar hanging on his wall for a number of years.
  • Rick Springfield’s 2008 Stage Played Fender Telecaster Sunburst Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # MX8268308. This is Rick’s staged played Fender Telecaster that he used extensively on live shows for the past five years. This guitar is also featured in the main mat used for advertising Rick’s gigs for the past five years.This guitar has been played and loved by Rick and it shows!
  • Rick Springfield’s 2010 Martin D-41 Custom Sunburst Acoustic Guitar, Serial # 1419397. A beautiful Martin D-41 style custom guitar made for Norman’s Rare Guitars. Rick used this guitar on his Stripped Down solo show for five years. Exquisite body trim and rosette inlay on the sought after shade-top/sunburst Martin dreadnaught. This guitar shows moderate playwear in the form of pick/strumming scratches from Rick’s live performances.
  • Rick Springfield’s 2014 Gibson Les Paul Supreme Turquoise Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 140027611. Essentially new condition Gibson USA 120th Anniversary limited run Les Paul Supreme. This guitar was given to Rick by Gibson. He played it on stage in Nashville, TN. It has been resting in its case ever since that Nashville performance.
  • Rick Springfield’s 2018 Eastwood Airline Sea Foam Green Solid Body Electric Guitar, Serial # 0601226. An Eastwood Airline, aka the map guitar. Rick used this guitar exclusively in his studio and also on a couple of tracks in the Las Vegas MGM Grand EFX show. This guitar is Korean-made and features a beautiful finish, along the lines of a Sea Foam Green.

Source: Heritage Auctions

For more details – and to place a bid – visit Heritage Auctions/.

Getting into the spirit: The Beach Bar Rum business venture

Rick Springfield and Sammy Hagar have announced their next collaboration: Beach Bar Rum. People magazine announced the business venture last week (see article here.)

I don’t know why, but whenever I think of this new partnership, the song “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)” starts playing in my head (from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland). (Though I guess the first song to come to mind SHOULD be “I’ve Done Everything for You.” Oh well.)

“Sammy has had such amazing success in the spirit business and I’ve wanted to get into it for a while now. When this opportunity came along I thought it was a brilliant idea. … And I am an Ernest Hemingway fan so of course I drink rum. I’ve tried a bunch of them and the Beach Bar brand is a cut above all the ones I tried — smoother and sweeter.”

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The rockers are selling three kinds of rums: a classic white rum, a Kola Spiced rum and the Red Head Macadamia Nut rum. (That last one sounds especially good.)

They launched the collaboration on Jan. 23 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony recognizing the renovation and renaming of the Stratosphere hotel in Vegas – it’s now called the Strat (it’s fitting for a couple of rock guitarists to be present for launching that new name, right?) Star chef Guy Fieri, who was also there celebrating his birthday, collaborates with Hagar on Tequila brands so everyone was in good spirits.

Drink up me hearties, yo ho.

Raising funds for the animals

RS’s month hasn’t been all rock n’ roll and rum. In addition to the screening of the new documentary “Orchestrating my Life” and performance/fundraiser with the Santa Monica High School Orchestra on Jan. 25, and four shows (including one at Graceland), he and Richard Marx did a live-stream fundraiser in his home studio to benefit Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.

(Background thought on watching these videos – Is that the actual H.G, Wells cardboard cutout from the cover of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album?! Knowing he collects Beatles memorabilia, it could be possible.)

He also made an appearance at the Recording Academy’s annual MusiCares gala this past week, but it was evident that his homeland wasn’t far from his mind during this interview with ET Canada: “Rick Springfield tears up while speaking about the Australia wildfires.”

He mentioned in the interview that the Souls to Save T-shirt Fundraising Drive for Australia, available on his merch site, has already raised $30,000! And he’s also selling some of his personal guitar collection to raise funds for Australia.

To tie this post all together, here is Rick Springfield wearing his Souls to Save T-shirt and singing Sammy Hagar’s song at Graceland.

A new documentary, a tribute concert and ‘The Song’

Out of nowhere last week came a surprise tweet with a poster about a movie premiere fundraiser. The movie? “Orchestrating My Life,” a documentary of Rick Springfield as he creates his rock-meets-orchestra album and tour featuring students from the Santa Monica High School Orchestra.

What?! How cool is that? Tickets start at $20 for general admission so all those Southern Cal fans have a great opportunity to see the film and the live performance by RS and the orchestra! Proceeds will benefit the school’s orchestras.

Other recent news is RS’s participation in a concert in tribute to Eddie Money on Feb. 20, a little over a year after Eddie Money’s death. Other artists will include Sammy Hagar, George Thorogood and John Waite. Proceeds will benefit MusiCares and the USC Eddie Money Cancer Research Fund. Another bonus for Southern Cal fans, as the concert will be in Beverly Hills.

As mentioned in the last post, he’s also been busy advocating for help in fighting the Australian fires, lending his voice to promoting awareness of how the fires are affecting the country’s wildlife.

The New Year also started with several shows – he’s already had two shows in Oklahoma and one in Louisiana, and tonight’s he’s rockin’ at Graceland in Memphis. There are a couple more later in the month, too, in Massachusetts and Connecticut. As usual, it looks like he has a full touring schedule this year, including Hawaii and Disney World Epcot, as well as his fan getaway in May in Cancun, Mexico. (Plus that whole summer tour with Chicago. Is he coming to your town? Check here. )

This weekend, he will also be on “The Song,” a new TV series that reveals stories behind hit songs. Can you guess what song will be featured?

Devastation in Australia

The recent news in Australia is so horrifying, it’s incomprehensible that a country is experiencing so much devastation.

According to recent reports, since September 2019, this season’s fire season have burned 24 million acres, killed at least 28 people, destroyed about 2,000 homes and may have killed half a billion animals. An estimated 8,000 koala bears have died from the fires, which is almost one-third of all koalas in New South Wales alone, which is their main habitat.

This is so heartbreaking.

As Rick Springfield is both a huge advocate for animals and from Australia, he is the perfect spokesperson to spread awareness of the fires. Today, he shared the following video with this message:

The images in this video may be disturbing to some, but this is our reality. It is our responsibility to heal the planet and help all its inhabitants, big and small. The damage these fires have caused will be felt long after the flames are gone. Native animals that are found nowhere else on the planet are now in great danger of disappearing forever. The Veterinarians and services treating all the burned animals need money to operate. Please help and give what you can. Love & Healing, Rick Donate: https://www.wires.org.au/donate/emerg…

Additionally, the Rick Springfield Merch site has announced a T-Shirt Fundraising Drive for Australia. The vintage jersey shirt is adorable, with a picture of a koala bear in Ron’s “Working Class Dog” attire. The text says “Souls to Save: Heal Australia.” The cost is $50. Here’s the text on the site:

Devastating wildfires in Rick’s native homeland of Australia have shaken the world, and what seems like an impossible number to conceive, over half a billion of the country’s animals are dead. While we try to wrap our heads around this incredible tragedy, Australia needs our help for the survivors. 100% of the proceeds of this shirt sale will be donated to WIRES Emergency Fund.

As I was writing this, I remembered the announced title of RS’s next novel, which now sounds so ironic: “World on Fire.” I wish what is happening in Australia was just a plot in a fictional novel rather than reality.

Another year gone by

Can you believe it’s time for another year-end wrap-up? It seems like just yesterday that RS was donning a cowboy hat and letting his hair go gray for a role that never came to be. But that was already a year ago!

Not only are we as the world wrapping up a year, we’re also wrapping up a decade. Bye to the teens and hello to the 20s. I don’t know why, but 2020 seems like it’s going to be a good year. Just the sound of it – 2020. That number seems to evoke clarity and wisdom (20/20 vision and 20/20 hindsight). Hopefully that will be the case. Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn from the past and not repeat the same stupid things over and over again?

Anyway, soon we say farewell to 2019 and welcome 2020.

Here’s a look at the past year, as it pertains to the subject of this blog.

As mentioned above, 2019 started with a cowboy hat and gray hair. He soon went back to dark brown, but not before the sophisticated and debonair cover photo for “Orchestrating My Life,” the CD release this year of Rick Springfield hits performed with a symphony orchestra.

January also included a performance at Graceland and the addition of “Jailhouse Rock” to the set list.

Orchestrating My Life” came out in April. This album brought “World Start Turning” to the set list which is such a beautiful song that I wasn’t familiar with back in the day.

In May, his parents’ former home in Australia was one of the stops on a public art bus tour that included a group of singers dressed like Ron on the cover of “Working Class Dog” and lots of bull terriers.

This year RS also continued speaking about depression, participating in the #MyYoungerSelf campaign for the Child Mind Institute. This was also a year where I was told that my youngest child potentially may have a tendency for depression so RS speaking out about it has been helpful for me on a personal level as well.

June was a nice RS month for me, as I got to see him in concert (#14) from the second row (“A spritz of happiness at Wild Horse Pass“) and heard “Souls” live for the first time I could remember. (It’s possible I heard it back way back when, but I don’t recall.)

This year brought a milestone birthday for the rock star – the big 7-0. (And my big 5-0). The fans behind the Rick Springfield Birthday Campaign did a great job celebrating and raised $34,170 for the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation, which helps rescue dogs. (And I won a calendar of fantastic concert photos and an EFX prize packet – thank you to those who gave those prizes!)

Mr. Springthorpe also became an ordained minister so he could marry off his guitarist. (His youngest son also got married this year, but I’m not sure if he also officiated at that wedding.)

And here we are already in December, when him playing piano was added to the Stripped Down set list “Sing us a song, piano man“).

What’s coming in 2020? I can’t say for sure, but we’ve heard things in the works include a sequel to “Magnificent Vibration” and another novel and that he’s been working on more new songs. Plus there’s the fan trip in Cancun in May that was the postponed trip from November this year in Punta Cana and a summer tour with the band Chicago.

(In case there is anybody out there that has even an iota of interest, I’ve written lots of new songs this past year and even spent an afternoon in a recording studio, which was pretty exciting even if it wasn’t the Black Lagoon in Malibu.)

To go with the end-of-the-year theme, here’s the blog recap, as of 10 a.m. on Dec. 31: In 2019, there were 11,384 views from 7,165 visitors (All-time stats are 49,523 views by 29,641 visitors and this is post #403, the 34th post of 2019.)

Why do I include these numbers? Partly because they’re there and if somebody took the time to figure out how to measure them I thought I’d share since nobody else will so I don’t want to let that person’s efforts go to waste. And also partly in wonder because only one person read my ramblings in my high school notebook journals (me) so it’s kinda fun to know that there are people out there actually reading this.

Happy 2020! May it be a great year!

Sing us a song, piano man

It’s been fairly quiet on the RS front, at least from the fan onlooker’s point of view. He’s had some family time and a break from touring. The big news that was released was next summer’s tour with Chicago June 12-Aug. 1, 2020.

This week he hit the road (or the skies) for acoustic Stripped Down shows with Richard Marx and judging from some videos from those shows, it appears that perhaps he spent some of his downtime practicing piano. (Maybe on the piano from his parents’ home that he shipped from Australia?)

Check out this video from the rsandus YouTube page that captures “What Kind of Fool Am I?” on piano. Such a treat to hear the song in its entirety rather than part of the medley. There’s also video of him playing “State of the Heart” on piano (though not on YouTube yet.)

It’s not like piano is new to him, but it’s the first time I recall seeing him play it at a concert. His fan trips have a piano bar component where he and other musicians sit in the resort/ship bar and perform. For example, here are videos from a past cruise posted in 2008. (Ah, those innocent days before “Late, Late at Night” before knowing what “Wasted” was about.)

And this one from 2009. Those trips look like so much fun!

And this beautiful one from 2016 for “Ordinary Girl,” a song about his wife:

This talented guy never ceases to amaze me.

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.