The Red Locusts now available on CD, streaming services and cassette

I’ve had a great morning listening to the new Red Locusts album! Such fun, upbeat, energetic songs, I can’t help dancing at my stand-up desk as I’m working today.

It totally has a Beatles vibe, which is great because they are one of my favorite bands.

On first listen, my favorite songs are “Glow Worm” and “Insert Your Name Here.” (The latter gives all fans an opportunity to pretend RS wrote a love song about them, which is really exciting for your inner-13-year-old self.) “Miss Daisy Hawkins” is a fun song, with lots of Beatles references. (For context, Daisy Hawkins was the original name of the character of Eleanor Rigby.) Also really like “Honestly.” Because I watched the video for “Another Bad Day for Cupid,” that’s what I pictured when listening to the song.

The album is available on streaming services, as well as on CD and cassette at lolipoprecordsstore.com. The band also now has a Facebook page.

The limited edition red vinyl looks like it’s still available on the Rick Springfield merch site and it has an extra song on it (“Love is Gonna Save the Day”) – that’s not on streaming version (and “Deep Blue Sea” is listed as “Deep Blue Skies” on the streaming version, which I assume is a mistake as the lyric is “Deep Blue Sea.”)

By the way, the secret is out that this is Rick Springfield’s new project (in case you couldn’t tell before), as he officially announced it on the last episode of the Working Class DJ show on SiriusXM. Plus the songs are listed as being written by him and Matt Bissonette (the former guitarist in his band who he also co-wrote songs with on “Rocket Science,” “Venus in Overdrive” and “Songs for the End of the World.” Before the pandemic, he toured with Elton John). Other band members are drummer Gregg Bissonette, (Matt’s brother and a drummer for Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band). Still not sure who “keyboardist Duncan Sweets and guitarist Beau Weevil” are.

What do you think? I’m happy to bask in the light of this new CD for a few months until he releases his next album (which he has called very dark, darker than “The Snake King”), which he has said should be out around November of this year.

He’s been really busy this past year! He talks about it in this recent interview and there are even some concerts on the calendar, including meet & greets.

Guess I better get back to work now…

Concerts on the calendar

Is it possible that we’re ready to emerge from our pandemic hibernation and start attending concerts again?!

It appears so, as this recently appeared on my news feed:

Pretty amazing, right?

So nice to see the announcement of a concert instead of a cancellation!

On the Macon City Auditorium website, it currently says it’s a “normal capacity” event and that “protocols for cleanliness and guidance from local and national officials will be followed at the time of the event.” Does that mean it will look like the photo in the ad or that “Human Touch” will involve RS going back into the audience? Not sure if we’re quite at that point yet, but September is still a few months away and more and more people are getting vaccines, so I suppose that’s possible. It looks like there’s also a show scheduled for June 12 in Ashland, Kentucky.

Additionally, it seems RS may be heading to Australia in the fall as well, as the Zoot reunion tour has been rescheduled from November 2020 to October 2021 and tickets are on sale for that.

Party at the Beach Bar

In other RS news, he and Sammy Hagar have been busy promoting Beach Bar Rum and have shared some other exciting concert news in a Forbes magazine article: “Sunday Conversation: Sammy Hagar and Rick Springfield on their rum business, wanting to tour together and taking over Catalina.”

The article mentions the “Party at the Beach Bar” song RS wrote (heard in this promotional video featuring fans here):

The article also talks about how they’ve been discussing residences in Las Vegas and on Catalina Island where they would perform and through big parties with a Beach Bar theme.

We’re planning a little residency in Vegas and a residency on Catalina, a place where you can set the party down and do it every weekend. Let the people come from out of town, experience a cool place like Catalina, a cool place like Vegas. Everybody knows how much fun you can have in Vegas when it opens back up.

Sammy Hagar on forbes.com

That sounds fun!

From Zoot to Zoom

Coming up this weekend is a special Zoom event for those who purchased the new Red Locusts album. (Unfortunately I won’t be there since I didn’t purchase the album since I don’t have a turntable.) It’ll feature The Red Locusts, featuring those talented blokes Paul Ramone, Scotty Skuffleton and Skippy Skuffleton, who are seen rehearsing in a recent tweet:

Still hoping that the album will be available in other formats at some point because it would be great to hear it! Here’s what the Forbes article says about the project and others, including the dark one he mentioned in a previous interview that is scheduled to come out in November.

I’ve recorded two anonymous albums. One with a band I put together with Gregg Bissonette and Matt Bissonette. It’s very Beatle-driven, very pop, ’60s British Invasion. And I did another one, very dark, dark, dark album with a friend of mine in Australia about Day Of The Dead and then I’m writing my own stuff. 

Rick Springfield, forbes.com

So there are a few things to look forward, too, in addition to his weekly stint as the Working Class DJ on SiriusXM, which are fun to listen to.

To anyone going to the Zoom event – have fun! I’ve received my two vaccine doses so I’ll be here waiting for an announcement of a local concert!