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.

This week’s special guest: Sammy Hagar

This week, the world of Rick Springfield featured special guest Sammy Hagar.

First, on May 15 RS performed at Acoustic 4 a Cure, a concert organized by “The Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar that benefitted the pediatric cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. The sixth annual concert, held at the Fillmore in San Francisco, also included Nancy Wilson of Heart, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Joe Satriani, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson. There are some great pics from that evening on Sammy Hagar’s Facebook page.

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Sammy Hagar’s first appearance in the Rick Springfield story was a few decades ago. He wrote the song “I’ve Done Everything for You” in 1978, which he released as a single that didn’t make the charts.

Then a few years later, Keith Olsen, who produced RS’s “Working Class Dog,” suggested that RS cover it. It was released in 1981 as a single after “Jessie’s Girl” and became a hit. From what I can tell, this year, 38 years later, marked the first time they played it together – first during the taping of Hagar’s “Rock & Roll Road Trip,” which aired on AXS-TV on Sunday – and then at this benefit concert. (Update on June 5: I just learned that the filming of Hagar’s show was filmed in June 2018 so it was actually 37 years later.)

The “Rick & Roll Road Trip” (as the episode was called) was so great! It was a fun interview that took place at the Springthorpe home in Malibu and included RS & SH playing IDEFY together for the first time in RS’s Black Lagoon home studio. What didn’t air was any mention of the tequila story mentioned in the Stripped Down shows. (SH once gave RS a bottle of tequila as a thank you for IDEFY and one day RS came home to discover that his sons drank it – in the very same house that SH visited for the interview. He may have even walked on the same floor where the bottle sat all those years ago.)

I don’t seen the interview online, but here’s a deleted scene from the interview:

One thing I learned in the interview was that they didn’t really know each other all that well before the interview so it was cool to watch them enjoy each other’s company since they’ve had this shared IDEFY connection all these years. RS has played SH’s song hundreds if not thousands of times over the past few decades so it was to fun to watch them play it together.

When SH asked RS what he’d like to do next, RS said he’s interested in doing more work for charities that benefit animals and children, which I thought was really beautiful. Perhaps his answer to this question was what led to him performing at SH’s Acoustic 4 A Cure last week? Everything is connected somehow it seems, although sometimes we don’t discover it until later.

(To clarify: Yes, I know that Acoustic 4 a Cure was SH’s benefit (he does lots of charity work and seems like a great guy) and that RS was a guest and RS was also a guest on SH’s show, but because this is a RS blog, SH is the special guest here.)

In other recent RS news:

A wonderful review of “Orchestrating My Life” in the Herald-Standard:

As a whole, “Orchestrating My Life” showcases Springfield’s talent for crafting and delivering songs that make us laugh, cry, dance and sing out loud like nobody’s watching.

And RS is scheduled to perform on The Talk this Wednesday.

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