On a whim, I thought I’d check YouTube to see if any of these “anonymous” songs that RS talked about in past interviews happened to pop up recently. I haven’t had much time to keep up on RS lately so I searched if anything was posted today. Nope. How about “This Week”? YES!!
There it was: “Badfinger – Rick Springfield”: Love is Gonna Come at Last”
The remake of this Badfinger song from 1979, posted yesterday.
I was late to the game, as when I discovered it, it already had nearly 700 views and there are also a few articles that came out about it today.
Without further ado, here’s the video:
Joey Molland, who wrote the song, appears on this new version, adding bass and vocals. It’s so great hearing RS’s vocals and slide guitar. His voice sounds like it does in his older albums, which is pretty cool, considering this is an older song. If I heard it in a different context, I probably would have wondered which of his older albums it was on and why hadn’t I heard it before.
RS was quoted in several articles saying “Badfinger has always been one of my all-time favorite bands. In fact, I am often asked by journalists, ‘What is the one song you had wished you had written?’ And my answer is ‘Baby Blue.’ What a perfect song! Their music was and is immortal.”
If you’ve seen RS’s “Stripped Down” show, you probably heard him play “Baby Blue.” If not, here it is:
Isn’t it nice to finally get some good news for a change?
The world premiere of “Orchestrating My Life,” a concert film featuring Rick Springfield performing with the Santa Monica High School Orchestra, will be a streaming pay-per-view event available Feb. 14-17.
The concert features 12 songs accompanied by his band, four background vocalists and the award-winning Santa Monica High School Orchestra conducted by Wolf Kerschek. The concert was held in March 2019 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The film, directed by PJ Wolff includes “rare archival footage, interviews, and photographs from Springfield’s personal collection to weave the incredible and unexpected life story of one of rock’s most recognized and durable superstars,” according to rickspringfield.com.
Tickets for the pay-per-view are $29.99, and add-ons include an event T-shirt, roses with a personalized Valentine’s Day card from RS and a Zoom meet-and-greet (the full package is $449.99).
In case you’re not familiar with “Orchestrating My Life,” it’s a symphony version of RS’s greatest hits that was released in April 2019. Read more about it here. The album debuted as #4 on Billboard’s Classical Album chart and spent seven weeks on the chart.
I don’t think many people are sad to say goodbye to 2020. To say it’s been a harsh, turbulent, devastating year for so many people would be an understatement.
For the purposes of this post, I’m going to take a few moments to share some of the brighter spots from this past year (in RS fandom) because I think we can all use some joy right now.
Zoom Happy Hours
At the beginning of the year, when there were still live, in-person concerts and in-person meet-and-greets, the idea of concerts and meet-and-greets being anything but in-person would have seemed incomprehensible. Back in a world where unmasked crowd interactions for “Human Touch” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” weren’t considered potentially life-threatening.
But midway through 2020, the RS team introduced Happy Half-Hours on Zoom, as part of a Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum promotion (the new partnership with Sammy Hagar was announced earlier in the year). A handful of fans were selected each week to hop on a Zoom call with RS, who graciously answered fans’ questions and transformed many back into grinning 12-year-olds (which likely would have happened to me).
Although I did send the required email to participate (perhaps a few times), I was never selected, but anytime I received a notification that the happy half-hour highlights video was shared on the RS Facebook page, I immediately stopped everything to go watch it (which wasn’t that difficult as I was home nearly every time the notification showed up on my phone…) It was fun to learn more about RS in a more relaxed setting, such as how he’s spending his time while being home so much, the different projects he was working on and his answers to so many great fan questions.
Video songwriting series, new songs
Early on in the pandemic, RS created a couple of parodies of his songs: “No Human Touch” and “Glove Somebody.” Then he did a series of pretending to teach viewers how to play “Jessie’s Girl,” where he was interrupted each time by technical difficulties or natural disasters or other emergencies.
Apparently he stole the “Jessie’s Girl” series idea from Vance DeGeneres, who called him out on that, which led to them doing the 29-episode miniseries “The 60-Second Guide to Songwriting With a Partner” that started out as a joke but then turned into a great song, “The Wall Will Fall” and all the proceeds raised went to a COVID-19 charity. It also became a cool video that included a bunch of their friends and family. (One of the RS fan Facebook pages created a version of the video that included photos and videos from RS fans, so now I can officially say that I was in a Rick Springfield video! Unfortunately the video wasn’t sharable so it exists only that fan page, but it was really well done!)
In addition to raising funds for those affected by COVID-19, as mentioned above, RS participated in other fundraisers throughout the year, beginning in January when the Rick Springfield Merch site had a T-Shirt Fundraising Drive for Australia to raise funds for animals injured in the Australian wildfires. Additionally RS and Richard Marx held a pre-pandemic live-stream concert to raise funds for Australia fire relief.
RS participated in other fundraising efforts as well this past year. His fans also got into the action, with those behind the fan-led birthday campaign bringing it back for another year to raise funds for the Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation. The campaign raised nearly $22,000 in five weeks.
Despite the pandemic, RS kept super busy. Not only with writing lots of songs and finishing up “World on Fire,” his sequel to “Magnificent Vibration,” but a few other fun surprises popped up over the past few months. He was a featured guest on “I Can See Your Voice“; appeared in the video of the “Jessie’s Girl” sequel, “Jessie’s Girl 2” by Coheed and Cambria; and did some live-stream interviews, including a Thanksgiving Virtual Town Hall with Mark Goodman on Sirius XM. He also appeared in a voting campaign video and on an episode of Richard Marc’s “#SocialDistancing” video series.
He also got to perform live on Catalina Island for Sammy Hagar’s birthday, at an outdoor sail-in concert, and an object from his collection was used in a Titanic exhibit at a museum on Catalina Island. He also played lead guitar on the song “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” by Ups and Downs. According to the the video description on YouTube, the video is a virtual tour of the band’s living rooms in different parts of Australia, with “Rick’s video filmed at a secret location in the U.S.” although to anybody who has watched all the other content listed on this post, it’s obviously his home studio.
Earlier in the year, he was also an an episode of “The Song” and there was a premiere of the documentary “Orchestrating My Life.”
Things to look forward to
In the happy half-hours, RS provided updates on his new audiobook “World on Fire” and it was officially announced that it will be released on Audible on Jan. 28, 2021. (Rumors are that it will eventually be released in a book format, too. I’ve also heard rumors that the film “Traces” is supposed to finally come out in 2021 – it was originally slated for a 2016 release – but haven’t been able to find confirmation for that yet.)
And of course there’s hope that it’ll be start being safe at some point in 2021 to have in-person concerts again. And maybe even the rescheduled last fan trip.
During the happy half-hours, RS also referred to some “anonymous” musical projects he’s been working on. Not quite sure what that means. Is it that he appeared as a featured guest on some more projects by other artists or are there songs being released on Spotify under a pseudonym and someday we’ll hear a singer that sounds like him but is listed under some other name? Hopefully 2021 will be filled with happy surprises.
To keep this in line with previous year-end posts, here’s the stats for this year, as of this posting: 8,326 views from 5,767 visitors bringing the all-time total to 57,881 hits (as if anybody is following that information).
What else did I miss from this year?
If you want to start 2021 off with RS, he’s doing a New Year’s Day live stream of his first recorded Stripped Down concert. Learn more on his site here.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and brighter 2021!
May 2021 be more “Rocket Science “and “Greg” and less “The Snake King” and “Pastor Charles.”
(Translation: “Rocket Science” has been referred to as RS’s happiest album and “The Snake King” as his darkest. “Greg” is RS’s very likable character in “Ricki and the Flash” and “Pastor Charles” was an extremely creepy, disturbing character on “American Horror Story.”)
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.
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 deadline.com. 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!
Five years ago today I was in Las Vegas getting ready to see Rick Springfield and Loverboy perform at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel. It was an extra special RS week, as I had seen him earlier that week in Phoenix at the Arizona State Fair. (I had purchased the Vegas concert tickets and plane tickets before the Arizona show, a few minutes from my house, was announced.)
My two older sons, who were 7 and 9 at the time, got to sing “Don’t Talk to Strangers” with him at the fair, which was a huge thrill!
Can you imagine? Two Rick Springfield concerts in one week?! (And I’d seen him twice earlier that year – a full-band show and a Stripped Down show – and got to briefly meet him afterward both times.)
As painful as it is to fans that there are no RS concerts on the horizon to look forward to, it must be even more difficult for RS to not have any planned. He looked so happy to be up on stage for the recent Sammy Hagar birthday bash on Catalina Island. After touring pretty much nonstop for 20 years, I imagine that this eight-month hiatus from performing has been difficult. Hopefully he’s taking solace in the knowledge that all the fans who attended those concerts are missing him and his shows. (This past week I had a medical procedure where I was knocked out for a little awhile and my last thought before falling asleep was wondering how he was doing. Is that normal?)
Hopefully this is a temporary phase that we are all going through and at some point it will be safe to start having concerts again. This can’t last forever, right?
Meanwhile, our concert memories will have to suffice and maybe RS will be up to sharing some more new music soon because thank goodness we have the technology that allows for him to share when he wants to. (Thinking back to the 1980s when the anticipation was the teen magazines and what new posters and information would be in the next issue and maybe there would be a new video on MTV. We’ve been really lucky these last few years when there’s been so much content to help feed the cravings.)
I thought I’d revisit that happy time of October 2015.
In this crazy time, any fun distraction is appreciated, especially when it involves Rick Springfield.
Although his various live tours are all on hold for the moment (full band, solo acoustic, symphony and Zoot concerts), RS recently performed live to film a birthday bash boat-in for his buddy (and rum business partner) Sammy Hagar. They filmed it on Catalina Island in California, where some lucky people got to watch from their boats. The beach party will be featured on a pay-per-view stream this weekend, beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 17. To find out how to watch it, visit redrocker.com.
RS also popped up in a video by The Postal Service band in support of HeadCount’s “Make Your Vote Count” campaign.
The scenario in the video is that the band is auditioning over Zoom for new members of the band and those “auditioning” include Huey Lewis, Anne Hathaway and Kenny G, among others.
In its coverage of the video, Paste Magazine named RS the overall MVP of the video:
He really sells the sadness and desperation of a man who lost all of his money on a floating casino in international waters that eventually sank, and now needs a job—any job—to stay afloat himself. Here’s a little reminder that Springfield isn’t just an ‘80s pop legend, but also a pro actor, with multiple movie and TV roles under his belt.
RS’s part in the video comes at 13 minutes in.
With all this talk about boats and sinking ships, I thought I’d end the post with this:
Update on Oct. 16
One more (sinking) boat note: RS’s contribution to a Titanic exhibit on Catalina Island, at the Catalina Museum.
Last year, the fans behind the Rick Springfield Birthday Campaign announced that it would be the last year they would conduct the birthday campaign and the 13th annual campaign of 2019 (which celebrated RS’s 70th birthday) exceeded its $20K goal and raised $34,170!
But then, in the middle of a global pandemic, they surprised us all and a few days before RS’s 71st birthday, they announced a shortened five-week campaign to raise funds for the Linda Blair WorldHeart Foundation, which helps rescue dogs. What better birthday present for our favorite rock star than to help dogs, right?
So in a mere five weeks (and prizes that included a private Zoom call with RS and a sketch he drew for the campaign), fans donated $21,771.71! (Funny how the amount donated is his age each year… hmmm.. what a coincidence. 😉)
Way to go, Rick Springfield fans! This brings the total amount raised for charity over the past 14 years to $178,502.23!
Social media is filled with misinformation and “fake news,” causing Americans to often have very different realities, depending on what information their news feed feeds them. I witnessed some of this firsthand yesterday on Twitter.
It wasn’t a political matter nor a health issue – both which I claim no expertise about and rely purely on news sources that I deem reputable – but I want to use my minuscule spot in Cyberspace to clear up one misconception.
I’m referring to a thread that mentioned actors who released songs in the 1980s and Rick Springfield’s name came up as an example of a soap opera star who released an album.
I find it difficult to believe that despite RS’s illustrious career as a musician, actor and author, in some Twitter feeds he’s reduced to a soap opera star who had one hit song so I wanted to clear that up. (Although readers of this blog already know that, of course, I just wanted to document it in case a conscientious tweeter wants to do a little research before spreading misinformation.)
Here’s some evidence that shows that indeed Rick Springfield pursued music before acting.
1.Long before he was Noah Drake, RS was a guitarist in a successful Australian band, Zoot, before ever coming to America.
2. Although he wasn’t the singer of the band, he was already writing songs at that time.
3. Here’s his first solo hit, “Speak to the Sky” in 1971.
4 Here is an interview with RS about his music career in 1972, long before Dr. Noah Drake existed and before he started acting (Australian accent alert!).
5. In 1973, he made his debut on American network television (after being named Australia’s number one songwriter) on the “The Sonny and Cher Show.”
6. Here’s a promo for his 1973 album “Comic Book Heroes.”
7. RS got a little off track from his dreams and took what he thought at the time was a good opportunity and wrote music for a cartoon, “Mission: Magic!” (But of course there are no mistakes – it was just part of his long career and likely gathered some of his longtime fans at this point.)
8. In 1976, Dick Clark interviewed RS on “American Bandstand” (also featured is Jack White, who toured as RS’s drummer through the 1980s and producer Jeff Silverman who has produced many RS songs through the years). In this interview, he talks about how important his music is to him and now he was focusing on getting back on track.
9. Here’s a 1976 appearance on a show called “Mean Salsa Machine.”
10. I also found this gem online: RS live at ‘The Starwood in Hollywood, CA in approximately 1977. The video’s not the best quality, but it sounds great!
11. In 1978, he was on the MDA Telethon, performing his song “Bruce,” which was about how people often confused him with Bruce Springsteen.
12. Here’s a 1979 video of “Take a Hand,” still before Dr. Noah Drake. (By this time he was supplementing music with acting and had appeared on “The Six Dollar Man,” “The Rockford Files,” “Battlestar Galactica” “Wonder Woman” and other 1970s shows.)
13. Rick Springfield’s first day on “General Hospital” was March 25, 1981, about a month after “Working Class Dog” (his fifth studio album) was released. The synchronicity of his first huge hit album and being on the most successful soap opera propelled his career to new heights, but behind that seemingly “overnight success” was years and years of dedication and hard work.
At a time when people become famous for the strangest reasons – and sometimes overnight due to a viral video – I think we should recognize when people truly work hard at their craft and successfully keep it at for decades.
Not only did he have a whole musical career before “General Hospital,” RS has toured almost nonstop for the past 20-plus years only to be stopped by a global pandemic that shut down all tours. He’s also written a best-selling memoir, a best-selling novel (with the sequel scheduled to come out next month) and released three albums just in the past five years (not to mention all those he released between “Working Class Dog” and 2012’s “Songs for the End of the World.” He’s continued his acting career, too, continuing to guest star on TV shows and even acted in a movie with Meryl Streep.
So to say that RS is an actor turned musician isn’t correct. Did he find musical success after being on a successful soap opera? Perhaps, but it doesn’t group him in the same category as a “soap opera star turned musician.” (Personally, I find his career so inspiring, as it is an example of the importance of perseverance when pursuing one’s goals.)
Is this the most pressing issue in our country right now? Uh, no, not at all. But it does prove that you can’t always believe what you read on social media. (Plus it’s fun to watch these old videos and if they can provide enjoyment and a break from all the awful things currently happening out there, then it’s worth addressing.)
Nobody knew 71 years ago today what would become of that baby born in Sydney, Australia, but he sure made an impact on millions of people worldwide!
When you think of how many people he has touched with his songs, his music and acting, his writing, his philanthropic work – and the countless people he inspired and encouraged along the way, his impact is immense (and he still looks great doing all of this).
Happy birthday to Richard Lewis Springthorpe (aka the legendary Rick Springfield)!
My cousin mentioned on Facebook today that NASA has images captured by the Hubble Telescope and if you enter your birth date, you can see an image they captured on that day (not necessarily the year, but the date). Since I saw her post today, I thought I’d share the image NASA posted for Aug. 23. This photo was captured on Aug. 23, 2013:
Galaxy Cluster Abell 2744
Located 3.5 billion light-years away, Abell 2744 (also known as Pandora’s Cluster) contains several hundred galaxies and might be a pile-up of at least four smaller galaxy clusters. Abell 2744’s strong gravitational field acts as a lens, brightening and magnifying the light of nearly 3,000 distant background galaxies.
Just like Abell 2744, RS has a strong gravitational field that brightens and magnifies the light of the distant galaxies (or the cities around the world where his fans live).
Too corny? Oh well, that’s just the way I feel today.