Some Sirius-ly good stuff

For those who subscribe to Sirius XM, you may have already enjoyed the Thanksgiving Virtual Town Hall featuring Rick Springfield hosted by Mark Goodman. The show includes an interview, questions from fans (who got to be on a Zoom call with him) and song performances.

First of all, I love that Mark Goodman is on this ’80s on 8 channel, as MTV was an important part of my formative teen years (although we didn’t have cable at home, I took whatever babysitting jobs I could, with those homes with MTV being a top priority). RS performs the standard songs – including “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “I’ve Done Everything for You” – as well as “Little Demon” and Todd Rundgren’s “Love is the Answer.” He discusses his work during the pandemic, ‘General Hospital’, Zoot, his depression, why he became an ordained minister, Thanksgiving and much more. Since those on the call are die-hard fans, there were some great questions (and nobody asked about ‘the real Jessie’s girl’ – yay!) Plus you can watch the video of the interview so it’s good to see him!

The good news for those who don’t subscribe to SiriusXM, is that it’s offering many of its channels for free through Dec. 1 (and one of the channels is the ’80s station with this interview). Learn more here.

It’s not the first time RS has been on the channel so you can also find past interviews about “The Wall Will Fall” and “The Snake King.” I haven’t listened to them all yet, but I plan to.

Maybe someday there will even be a Rick Springfield channel! Between all his albums, covers, interviews and Zoot songs, there’s a lot of material there.

An extra reason to give thanks this Thanksgiving: A reality show musical guest

Although Thanksgiving may feel very different in so many ways this year, that evening we get to pretend for a little while that things are normal – that there’s a new TV show episode we can watch that features a favorite rock star.

So let’s all say a moment of thanks that Rick Springfield will be the musical guest on this week’s “I Can See Your Voice” reality show. (It’s usually on Wednesdays, but this week’s is on Thursday, probably because with all the other crazy things going on in the world right now the universe wants to sprinkle an extra dose of something for us to be thankful for. Yep, that’s probably it.)

Here’s a little preview, courtesy of Fox:

The game show is an adaptation of a South Korean show and the premise is that a contestant must figure out which of six “secret singers’ can actually sing. The singer left at the end then performs a duet with the musical superstar. Should be interesting! I haven’t watched the show yet, but I plan to this week!

The show premiered in September, with only one episode completed before production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article on Then Fox resumed production with no audience under enhanced safety protocols in August.

The show is on this Thursday, Nov. 26, at 9/8c on Fox. Have a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving!