Rick Springfield will treat fans to an intimate solo music performance with storytelling! You do not want to miss your chance to see Rick perform ‘Stripped Down’ and get up close and personal with the man and his music!
For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author and documentary subject, Rick Springfield has always insisted his first love is music, a passion he’s harbored since first picking up the guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia. With 25 million albums sold, 17 top-40 hits, including “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “An Affair of the Heart,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch,” as well as a 1981 Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal win for his No. 1 hit single “Jessie’s Girl,” Springfield still has more to say with his latest album, Songs for the End of the World.
Before emigrating to the U.S. in the early ’70s, Springfield was an established musical performer in his native Australia. He only took up acting—leading to the role of Dr. Noah Drake on TV’s General Hospital—as a way of making money to support his musical career. His early albums, like 1981’s Working Class Dog and the following year’s Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet, placed him firmly in that era’s jangly pop, new wave tradition, leading to comparisons with singer-songwriters like Elvis Costello and near-namesake Bruce Springsteen—influences that can be heard on the new album’s punk-rock “Depravity” and the working-class angst of “One Way Street.”
Still playing nearly 100 live shows a year, Springfield’s current musical career renaissance can be traced back to 2004’s Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance and 2008’s UMe bow Venus in Overdrive, which entered the Billboard sales charts at No. 28, his highest debut in 20 years, with Sony Legacy’s 2005 retrospective Written in Rock: The Rick Springfield Anthology sandwiched in between. An Affair of the Heart, a documentary which captured the close ties between Springfield and his fans, came out earlier this year, winning special jury awards at both the Nashville and Florida Film Festivals. He also recently wrote and recorded a new song with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana) along with being a featured guest in Grohl’s new documentary about “Sound City,” the fabled San Fernando Valley recording studio.
“I’m not the shiny, happy guy people think I am from my role in General Hospital,” insists Springfield. “I have a way of beating myself up over things I’ve done. I tend to put that angst into my music. In fact, if I’d gotten laid, ‘Jessie’s Girl’ would never have been written. But I can’t just write about that. There are plenty of 18-year-olds who can do that a lot better than I can.”
With Songs for the End of the World, Rick Springfield continues to do what he does best—applying his sardonic view to life as we live it today, offering a ray of hope in the midst of all the turmoil.
“The darker side of my nature creeps in and out, but so does a degree of optimism,” he says. “In the end, I believe that solace and healing can be found in the presence of someone who understands, loves and accepts you for who you are, even while these looming threats remain.”
Opening for Rick Springfield:
At only seventeen years of age, Dustin Walker is an accomplished musician and songwriter. Dustin, who has been playing guitar since the young age of five, crafts original songs drawing from strong influences obtained in his experience performing with Grammy Award Winner Rick Springfield.
His music reflects his love for the sounds of the 80s with a modern twist and heavy guitar. Dustin credits Ronnie Grinel for giving him his first big break on stage at the age of two, and, as a result, has been writing songs all throughout his life. In 2010, Dustin performed onstage playing guitar for Rick Springfield which appears in the documentary film by Yellow Rick Road Productions about Springfield called “An Affair of the Heart”. In addition to Rick Springfield, Dustin has performed with Joe Taylor and the popular Canadian hard-core rock band Comeback Kid.
Most recently Dustin recorded a song for the soon to be released album by long-time Eddie Money drummer Glenn Symmonds. Other artists including Eddie Money will be on this new CD which will be released in March 2014.
Over the years Dustin has had the incredible opportunity to learn from, some of the best artists in the industry including George Nastos, George Bernhardt, Rodger Carter (Rick Springfield Band), Glenn Symmonds, Tommy Girvin, Lee Beverly, Chris Grove (Eddie Money Band), Matt Bissonette (Elton John Band), Derek Hilland (Iron Butterfly/Whitesnake/Rick Springfield/Foreigner), and Don Mancuso (Lou Gramm Band).
A few of Dustin’s influences include: Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Whitesnake, Alice In Chains, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Slash, Alter Bridge, Cheap Trick, The Ramones, and Asking Alexandria.