This is the week

Here we are – “Rocket Science” week. The time RS fans have been waiting for since last January when there was a shot of him and the band in the studio announcing that they were working on it. 12219633_10153459169577326_6020387591552106660_n

Some lucky fans have already gotten copies of the CD, some from Japan, where there was an earlier release date, and some as a reward for coming out in single-digit temperatures for CD signings at music stores. So far I’ve only heard five of the songs, but the weather is sunny in the low 80s here so maybe it all equals out?

Even though some fans are luckier with regard to RS – CD signings, intimate concerts in music stores followed by a CD signing, full-band shows (two nights in a row in Nashville), sound checks, meet-and-greets, a Stripped Down Valentine’s Day show – it is OK, because they are so darn generous, sharing their photos and videos so you almost feel like you were there. Although my weekend was dominated by laundry and a four-hour Valentine’s Day visit to the ER with my 9-year-old (he is OK, thank G-d), I still feel like I had some RS fun, too. “Wasted” and “Speak to the Sky” at Grimey’s, the live debut of “That One” on Friday night and the live debut of “Miss Mayhem” on Saturday night. Also a  fun Stripped Down Q&A tonight with an impromptu acoustic performance of “Light This Party Up” and oh yeah, the live stream of the full Friday night concert on Yahoo Music.

Last year I went to three full-band shows (and one Stripped Down show) so between those and watching lots of other RS clips from shows this past year, it’s kind of funny that “Light This Party Up” and “Down” are already so familiar that they don’t even seem like new songs anymore although the CD isn’t out yet. Of course the CD versions with the country influence may have a different sound, but I’m already getting used to those, too. And although I’ve always expressed a dislike for country music, maybe I am a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, because I really like them. (Yes, I used to watch “The Donny and Marie Show,” if you caught that reference.)

RS is looking happy and healthy and hopefully his busy schedule and cold weather doesn’t get him sick again like last year, when he was chugging cold syrup on the stage each night while performing one great show after another. But next weekend he’ll be in sunny southern California where he’ll be doing one CD signing in Long Beach about five minutes from where I used to work in college and another in Los Angeles about 10 minutes from where I used to live in my 20s. For some reason the song “Born Out of Time” plays in my head whenever I think about this, even though it’s a different context and it doesn’t directly apply.

There were several videos of this weekend’s performances, but the ones on Periscope may disappear soon unless the Periscopers end up saving on YouTube. Here’s a sample:

 

RS: Miss Mayhem

Another song – “Miss Mayhem” – was just released.

On rickspringfield.com, RS talks about the song:

“Ah, Miss Mayhem,” he says. “We have all met her or him at some point in our romantic past. A burning hot, amazing-in-bed, beautiful/handsome, whack-job!” [UPDATE: Posted this afternoon on guitarplayer.com, a funny article about the song with more background from RS. Click here to enjoy it.]

The song starts with a barking dog and has a bluesy sound, yet also rocks in other parts of the song. The first time I listened to it, for some reason the image of the first part of Disneyland’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride popped into my head, when your boat passes the Blue Bayou Restaurant where it’s always evening and there’s a guy outside a shack playing the banjo. But that image was gone by the second listen.

Yea, another great song! (And the lyrics are great, too, RS humor shining through). The song is now available on amazon.com. Also on iTunes and Spotify.

(UPDATE: And now on YouTube, too:)

Oh, and in other fun February RS news: the Feb. 12 Nashville show will be streamed live via Yahoo Music here.

And on Sunday, RS posted a beautiful photo of his 95-year-old mom who came out to say goodbye at 4 a.m. as he was leaving her home in Australia to return to the U.S. So sweet. And since this has turned into a recap post, in a recent interview on examiner.com, RS says he’s in the rewrite process of the sequel to “Magnificent Vibration” but said he’s also doing other things so he guesses “it will be ready when it’s ready.” And plans are in the works for the “Rocket Science” tour. May I recommend Changing Hands in Phoenix for a CD signing?

UPDATE: Thanks to Jeff for sending the lyrics for “Miss Mayhem.” We’re not 100 percent certain on a couple of the lines so if you know differently, please let me know and I’ll update, thanks!

That girl has a gift
Like a social disease
If you catch my drift
She brought me to my knees
And like a wrecking hammer
She broke me down til I said please
oh yeah
Was it her plan of attack?
While she was raking my back
She left me hanging with my heart in the drain
Say a prayer for me
Winter is here in the month of July
It’s my misguided notion
As silent as a scream
There were no warning sign in her eyes
And I’m so pleased to meet you Miss Mayhem
I’m sleeping with a time bomb
She’s counting it down
I’m walking with a napalm
In an organdy gown
Into my private slammer
She locked me down and kept the key
Oh yeah
She is a woman in black
She is my panic attack
Came with a no money back guarantee
Say a prayer for me
Winter is here in the summer tonight
She’s freezing my emotion
As deadly as a scream
Swear I don’t see any fear in her eye
Thanks for introducing to Miss Mayhem
Trying to run while I’m shaking the dust off
Crying to you when I’m scraping the rust off
Lying to you while breaking the trust off
Won’t you please just say a prayer for me?
Winter is here in the month of July
It’s my misguided notion
As silent as a scream
There were no warning signs in her eyes
And I’m so pleased to meet you
Say a prayer for me
Winter is here in the summer tonight
Freezing my emotion
As deadly as a scream
Swear I don’t see any fear in her eyes
Thanks for introducing to Miss Mayhem.

More ‘Rocket Science’ details: Miss Mayhem

This just in from MelodicRock.com:

“Rick Springfield announces full ‘Rocket Science’ details.”

So here’s  a recap of what we know so far:

  1. The actual recording of “Light This Party Up”
  2. The live version of “Down” plus bits of the recorded version after the lights go on after a concert. (Written in the middle of an ice storm on a stranded tour bus’with Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, according to the article.)
  3. Miss Mayhem:  a “blues-infused rocker,” on which he collaborated with indie artist Tad Kubler of the band The Hold Steady.
  4. The previous version of “Let Me In” (described as a “sensitive ballad.” Awww, love those…)
  5. A few lines of lyrics from “We Connect.”
  6. A mention in an interview that “All Hands on Deck” is a patriotic song (“anthemic,” according to this new article).

And good news – some additional tracks will be made available in coming weeks before the Feb. 19 release, according to the article. Yay!

 

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