Rick Springfield - A wise man once said, listen without
prejudice…So forget what you think you know, throw away your preconceptions, and
prepare to hear Rick Springfield for the very first time. Pissed off. Scarred.
Angry. Disillusioned. Emotionally wrecked. Battered. Forgiving. Real.
Renowned Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, musician,
Rick Springfield is a quintessential pop songwriter, boasting a whopping 17 top
40 singles, including the smash hits, the chart topping "Jessie's Girl," "Don't
Talk To Strangers," "Affair Of The Heart," "Love Somebody," "Celebrate Youth"
and "Rock Of Life" One of the most criminally underrated and misunderstood
artists of the past three decades, Rick Springfield has rightfully earned his
stripes on the rock and roll battlefield. In an unforgiving, cold hearted
business that chews up its own and moves on to the next willing victim, Rick
Springfield is a bonafide rock and roll survivor.
"When you don't have an audience, passion is what drives it,"
Springfield asserts. "And this one is definitely back to just pleasing myself.
As it was being written I had no record deal. There's always been a darker
element to my music. The songs on the album were written to clear the demons in
my head. This one has a lot of energy in the music because of the shit that I
was going through. When I tour the music that I write always has a lot more
energy. For the first time in my life since the Working Class Dog album, it was
just me 'cause I had a house up in Vegas and I was living there five days a week
with none of my family around. (Springfield was starring in the hit Vegas show,
EFX). It was just me writing without any other distractions. The only other time
that happened was Working Class Dog."
Raw and unflinching in its brutal honesty,
shock/denial/anger/acceptance is a brave peek inside the mind of man unafraid to
look inside, a man brave enough to step away from the sunshine and explore the
darker side of human relationships. Stripped of any artifice, this is Rick
Springfield today, without barriers, without walls, warts and all.
Brash, bold and in your face, shock/denial/anger/acceptance
showcases Springfield playing all of the guitars bolstered by a band of seasoned
veterans, bassist Matt Bissonette (Don Henley/ELO), keyboardist Derek Hillind (Whitesnake)
and drummer Rodger Carter (Bonnie Raitt). "I wanted the record to have a real
band feel. I wanted to make it sound like a band and it does," enthuses
Slamming headfirst into the 21st century, Springfield has
triumphantly returned to the concert stage, commanding a fiery communion between
artist and his dedicated fan base. Galvanized by the profound connection he has
forged with his audience, Springfield has re-embraced the joys of performing,
regularly selling out shows across the country, much to the enjoyment of his
first, second and third generation fans. "I was trying to figure out why I love
to tour so much," recounts Springfield. "and now I know, it's the way I connect.
That's really what the whole album is about and why I write music, and perform
live. It's to connect with other people 'cause basically I don't do that very
well as a normal person. I've never been good at that. I've always been the guy
at the party who stands against the wall with a drink in his hand. Every human
being needs to truly connect and register with another person. Everybody craves
that and the way I satisfy that is to play live and have people hear my emotions
through the songs because I don't explain them very well face to face."
View Rick Springfield