Rick Springfield: Stripped Down
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For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author, and documentary subject, Rick Springfield’s first love has always been music, a passion he’s harbored since first picking up the guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia.
With 25 million records 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 for his No. 1 hit single “Jessie’s Girl,” Springfield shows no signs of slowing down. “I put everything I've got into making records,” he says. “Sometimes people may think they have you pegged but I trust the music to speak for itself.”
Never one to be confined to the recording studio where the music is born, Springfield has toured for over 30 years, hand-delivering the hits to millions of fans worldwide via his dynamic live shows. His concerts are legendary with their rock heavy, high energy full band sets. However, in fall 2013 Springfield felt it was time to expand his live performance options. Hence the solo “Stripped Down” tour was created to bring an intimate yet still lively performance to fans. The singer incorporated personal stories about his music and life into the show and even added a Q&A segment as a way to truly connect with his audiences. The “Stripped Down” tour gave Springfield a chance to perform some of his favorite songs that he has written over the years that never quit fit in his full band sets.
Although music is Springfield’s first love, the rocker knew it was time to put more of an emphasis on his acting career. At the end of 2014, Springfield wrapped production on “Ricki and the Flash” with co-star Meryl Streep and director Jonathan Demme. The film is expected to released in the summer of 2015. Springfield is also currently working on Season 2 of HBO’s critically acclaimed True Detective. Along with his notorious role as Dr. Drake on General Hospital, Springfield has guest-starred on an episode of Drop Dead Diva in 2014, and can be seen on other notable TV roles including a 4-episode arc on Californication and Hawaii Five-O.
Springfield is not only gifted musician and actor he is also a talented writer proving to Hollywood he is a triple threat. He released his first fiction novel MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION on May 6th, 2014. The book received rave reviews from literary publications Kirkus and Booklist. Booklist said, “Captivating, poignant, and hilarious, MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION proves that some of the most interesting stories can come from pretty unlikely places.” Not only did the book receive great reviews but MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION became Springfield’s second book (First book, Late, Late at Night) to make the NY Times Best Sellers List.
Right after releasing MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION, Springfield was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for all his accomplishments by receiving his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May, 9th 2014.
Springfield’s autobiography, Late, Late at Night, published by Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint in 2010, entered The New York Times best-seller list at No. 13 and hit the Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly lists as well. Rolling Stone named it one of the top-25 rock autobiographies of all time. In the book, Springfield speaks frankly about the depression he’s battled throughout his life. “I’m not the shiny, happy guy people think I am. I suppose they confuse who I really am with my stage persona,” says Springfield.
In 2013, Springfield teamed up with Dave Grohl on Grohl’s multi-faceted passion project, Sound City, which encompassed a documentary (Sound City), an album (Sound City: Real to Reel), and the Sound City Players tour, a string of critically acclaimed shows with fellow documentary subjects including Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, John Fogerty, and Lee Ving among others. Each artist’s set was backed by The Foo Fighters, and Springfield’s own set included notable declarations from Grohl such as, "I want to be Rick Springfield." and “Bucket list. Check." CraveOnline called Sound City: Real to Reel “a powerhouse collection of some of the greatest musical talent ever assembled.” Springfield and Grohl co-wrote “The Man That Never Was,” which was inspired by a true story from World War II. “Writing music can be a solo endeavor but at its heart, rock is collaborative. Working with Dave and the Foo Fighters was collaboration at its best. Those guys are true musicians: creative, spontaneous, generous, and talented. Working with them was a great experience.” “The Man That Never Was” has been widely recognized by critics as one of the best songs on the Sound City album. “The highlights… are led by Stevie Nicks and, yes, Rick Springfield.” (People) Springfield has also been hailed for his part in the documentary: “The film's breakout story is arguably Rick Springfield.” (Rolling Stone)
In October 2012 Springfield released, Songs for the End of the World, his 17th studio record, a collaboration with songwriter Matt Bissonette. Songs for the End of the World addresses the need to be consoled and cherished in an age of anxiety about the future of the planet. Filled with personal lyrics and giant hooks, it’s a pop/rock tour de force. “It's high energy,” he explains about the album’s mix of moods. “At its core, it’s about looking for love and solace while the world around us—everything we once felt sure about—disintegrates. Even with the end so palpably imminent, we’re still human beings, filled with longing and—maybe against all odds—hope. I believe music is healing,” says Springfield. The Tampa Bay Times said, “Springfield remains one of the best live entertainers of his generation -- maybe the top dog -- so if he wants to explore darker closets on studio albums, I'm not going to discourage him one bit. Especially when the result is a project I enjoy as much as this one.”
Also in 2012 Springfield’s documentary An Affair of the Heart, which captured the close ties between Springfield and his fans, debuted at numerous film festivals and won special jury awards at the Nashville, Florida, Boston, and Daytona Film Festivals. An Affair of the Heart premiered to record numbers on the EPIX channel in May 2013 and is now available on DVD.
In the early ’70s, Springfield already had a handful of hit records in his native Australia. Once he emigrated to the United States, he resorted to acting—eventually landing the role of Dr. Noah Drake during the heyday of daytime TV’s General Hospital—only as a way of making ends meet until his musical career took off here. And take off it did, with the 1981 success of Working Class Dog followed by Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet, Living in Oz, Hard to Hold soundtrack and Tao. Despite his original and defining passion for music, many at the time mistook Springfield for a soap star trying to convert daytime success to a sort of faux and fleeting music career. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but to argue the point—well, to quote a Springfield lyric: the point is probably moot. Springfield is content to let his music and decades-long productivity speak for itself. “If you pay attention to where I’ve put my time, who I really am becomes clear.”