Last night we saw the very talented, Grammy-winning, slim, 69-year old Rick Springfield, live on stage, from the third row. He began on time and played about a dozen different colorful guitars for two and half hours, non-stop. It looked like quite a workout.
He told stories about some of the songs. He invited two 10-year old girls up to the stage to sing a line of a song with him (Don’t talk to strangers). He used several bouquets of roses given to him by adoring middle-aged women as guitar picks, covering the stage with pink and red petals.
The most “rock star” thing he did, besides throwing guitar picks to the fans, was come into the audience, and stepping on the backs of the chairs, he made his way through the audience to the center of the auditorium, singing the whole time. The fans went crazy! He’s still got star power!
Here’s his Wiki info:
Richard Lewis Springthorpe (born 23 August 1949) is an Australian singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, actor, and author, known by his stage
As an actor, he starred in the television series High Tide, from 1994 to 1997, and has appeared in supporting roles in Ricki and the Flash and True Detective (both in 2015). He portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, from 1981 to 1983 and during 2005 to 2008 and 2012, returning in 2013 for the show’s 50th anniversary with son and actor Liam Springthorpe. He played a depraved version of himself in Californication(2009). In 2010, Springfield published his autobiography, Late, Late at Night: A Memoir. In 2016 he starred as Vince Vincente/Lucifer in season 12 of the American TV show Supernatural on The CW
I remember seeing him on General Hospital when I was in college. I never saw any other show he was on. I admit I only knew a few of his songs, yet now I have a new respect for him as an artist, showman, and über talented rock star.
Long live Rock Star Heart Throbs!