by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
For every girl who had a Rick Springfield poster on her bedroom wall and vinyl 45 copies of 'Jessie's Girl,' 'I've Done Everything for You,' and 'Don't Talk to Strangers,' there was a boy who had the exact same thing. I speak from experience. The Australian-born artist was the Adam Levine of the '80s, a dreamy singer-songwriter who regularly appeared on TV, as Dr. Noah Drake on the long-running soap opera 'General Hospital.'
He's kept himself busy over the years with a multitude of projects, from recording new music to extensive touring to starring roles in television and film, such as an appearance on the comedy series 'Californication,' an upcoming guest spot on the Emmy-winning drama 'True Detective,' and he will also share the big screen with Meryl Streep in the 2015 movie Ricki and the Flash.
Musically, he's on the road now with a show called 'Rick
Springfield: Stripped Down,' a concert that will feature songs from his extensive career, as well as storytelling and audience interaction. It descends to the Neptune Theatre on Wednesday, March 18. For tickets, go to www.stgpresents.org. I caught up with Springfield via email, as he was filming 'True Detective,' and here's what this longtime heartthrob had to say when he stepped into The Music Lounge.
Rodriguez: Your show is called 'Rick
Springfield: Stripped Down.' Are we to expect nudity during the performance?
Springfield: Of course. Not from me, though. The audience is required to remove all clothing before the performance begins. It's a small perk I enjoy in my later years. No, wait.... I think the title 'Stripped Down' refers to the music, not the singer. It is an 'intimate' evening with yours truly, which may involve some nudity depending on how late the bar is open after the show.
Rodriguez: Were you really naked on 'Californication,' or did they use a body double?
Springfield: Psshaw! A body double??? Yes, it was me. I think at all times you could see my face, so the body double thing wouldn't have worked. Dude, I insist on being naked whenever I can. Are there any questions here about my music, or am I just some tarted up piece of meat for people to gawk at? I'm okay with that, by the way, just let me now, so I don't have too many expectations.
Rodriguez: Where do you keep your Grammy?
Springfield: I gave it to the girl playing the hooker in one of the 'Californication' episodes. No....that's not true, I paid her in hard cash. The Grammy is at my mom's house in Australia. It's in her Victorian glass cabinet along with all her nice china and her assorted tchotchkes. It looks very nice in there, although it's rather overshadowed by her stunning Wedgwood dish from England and the plastic Indian doll with authentic Sioux costuming.
Rodriguez: What comes to mind when you hear the word 'Seattle?'
Springfield: JIMI HENDRIX!!! and Joey Mankin!!! Hang on...you don't know Joey Mankin? He is our awesome merch guy, fish-whisperer and inhabitant of Aberdeen (near Seattle). Girls love him! He can't play guitar like Hendrix, but Jimi couldn't catch a 35 lb. rainbow trout any day of the week either.
Rodriguez: Can you tell us about your upcoming show? Are you appearing solo, about how many songs will you perform, is it interactive, etc.?
Springfield: It's a storyteller, intimate (oh, I said that already) evening of fun and frivolity with me and my guitars. Yes, it's very interactive. It includes family photos and drawings to illustrate the various points of my life as I go through the years as a young Australian child who eventually found fame and fortune in the great land of the red, white and blue. (I mean America, although Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Cambodia, Chile, The Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia and The Czech Republic all have red, white and blue flags.......hey, I may be famous in some of those countries, too.) There are the hits, and the stories leading up to the writing of the hits, the first song I ever wrote when I was 15, and a SPECIAL song I wrote for the solo show that is very rude. Enjoy.
Rodriguez: I used to have a Rick Springfield poster on my bedroom wall, which I'm sure tipped my mom off that I was Gay (she actually colored in your partially bare chest with a marker). When did you realize that you had a Gay male following?
Springfield: I enjoyed watching you sleep. Actually, I am very aware of my audience. I've seen Gay women backstage with their partners, but they still get all giddy when they meet me because they didn't realize they were Gay when they first had a 'crush' on me. It's very cool. I am grateful to all fans because I wouldn't be out here if it wasn't for you guys. Why did your mom cover my chest with a marker? What was she thinking? I think I need to ask her that question.
Rodriguez: Is there any new music in the works?
Springfield: Yes, we are almost finished with our new record and it's a great one. Very proud of the music I am making now and I think this is one of the best yet. It's a little country leaning, but that's where most pop music has gone (except for the girls like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift who are killin' it with great songs). Anyway, your free download will be available around July or August before the film Rikki and the Flash comes out.
Rodriguez: Is the 'Stripped' tour the only tour for 2015, or might you return with another show to Seattle?
Springfield: We will be doing a big summer tour with some other artists and I'm sure will get back with the full band to the home of Hendrix, grunge and Joey the fish-whisperer before the end of the year.
Rodriguez: Are you a fan of today's pop artists - Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Meghan Trainor, Maroon 5 - or do you listen to other types of music?
Springfield: I am a song guy, so I just love a good song. We do a rocked out version of 'Roar' in our show, so yes, I am a fan of great songs. Generally, I listen to harder-edged stuff like QOTSA, Tool, AC/DC and a great new band called Royal Blood, plus some of my old favs like The Church and, of course, the mighty Beatles, who I never get tired of learning from.
Rodriguez: Can you share anything with us about Ricki and the Flash, or 'True Detective?' Like, when can we expect to see either?
Springfield: Rikki and the Flash (coming August) is about a woman in a bar/cover band that has a moment to go back home and repair past issues. Meryl Streep plays the woman and I play her boyfriend. Kevin Kline plays her ex-husband and it's directed by Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), and Diablo Cody (who wrote Juno) did the screenplay. It's a great script with some cool performances and, of course, Meryl kills it. 'True Detective' is being run by the CIA, so if I told you anything about it you'd find my body the next morning in a dumpster. It's so secretive; I couldn't even download my scenes from the password-protected site they are put up on. Very hush-hush, but really crazy great stuff. ONWARD!!!
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