Rick Springfield stripped down tour, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star- May 2014

RICK SPRINGFIELD CONTINUES FIRST EVER SOLO

TOUR WITH ADDITIONAL 2014 DATES

 THE STRIPPED DOWN TOUR INCLUDES MUSIC, STORYTELLING AND A

SPECIAL QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION WITH THE AUDIENCE

Grammy award-winning musician, actor and New York Times bestselling author Rick Springfield

has hit the road for his first ever solo tour. The Stripped Down Tour, includes storytelling, a few

of Springfield’s many hits, songs from his latest CD, Songs for the End of the World, old favorites

that the singer has never played live, and a question and answer session with the audience.

 The Illinois Entertainer said, “Setting up shop at the intimate and stylish City Winery was the

right call for this rare solo set and the die-hards came in droves, selling out both shows practically

from the get go…The night as a whole achieved its purpose of revealing several unseen sides of

Springfield beyond just the most obvious oldies.” Well-known music writer, Gary Graff said, “This

time out he’s playing alone, offering up a “Storytellers” style show featuring just his voice, his

guitar and a “band in a box” — a laptop loaded with other musical parts Springfield recorded

to accompany himself at select times during the show. It could have been a gimmick but was

mostly a comfortable fit, offering up a little something more than a troubadour playing his songs

and telling his tales. Springfield did both of those very well, too…An appropriate close to a warm,

revealing evening that was on par with if not even better than his standard, full-scale concerts

(The Oakland press).”

The tour has added dates throughout North America in 2014. The iconic rock star has been

touring for more than 30 years and his shows are legendary for their rock heavy, high energy full

band sets. Springfield felt the time was right for a change. Wanting to bring a more intimate and

different show to his audience, Springfield is excited to bring this change to his fans. “There are

some old favorite songs that I’ve written that I have never had the chance to perform live mainly

because they have never fit into our sets. I think my fans will be as excited to hear these songs

live as I am to play them live. I’ve also added a Q&A section with this tour as a way to connect

with my audience.”

In early 2013, Springfield collaborated with The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on the song, The

Man That Never Was, for the Sound City soundtrack, Sound City: Real to Reel. At the 2014

Grammy’s the album was awarded the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual

Media. In May 2014 Springfield’s first novel, Magnificent Vibration will be released and in addition

he will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For more information on the tour and Rick

Springfield, visit

http://rickspringfield.com/rick-springfield-stripped-down

 

RICK SPRINGFIELD- Bio, info

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. Now instead of a rock star

worthy band, Springfield brings a more intimate yet still lively show by performing

solo in his “Stripped Down” show. “There are some favorite songs that I’ve

written that I have never had the chance to perform live mainly because they

never fit into our sets.  I think fans will be as excited to hear these songs live as I

am to play them.” He incorporates personal stories about his music and life into

the show and has even added a question and answer segment as a way to truly

connect with his audiences.

Excited fans and critics have made “Stripped Down” one of the most talked about

tours of 2014, receiving rave reviews and selling out seats across the country.

“Setting up shop at the intimate and stylish City Winery was the right call for this

rare solo set and the fans came in droves, selling out both shows practically

from the get go…The night as a whole achieved its purpose of revealing several

unseen sides of Springfield beyond just the most obvious oldies.” says the Illinois

Entertainer.

Springfield will take a short hiatus from his successful Stripped Down solo tour

this summer, hitting the road with his band on a co-headlining tour with friends

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. The multi-city tour will kicks off June 28th

GA with additional dates across the U.S. through July.  This tour marks the first

time that Rick will tour with Pat & Neil. Springfield says, “Although I first met

Pat and Neil when Neil played on the original recording of Jessie’s Girl in 1980

it took 35 years before we got together to tour. It should be one for the books.”

Following his summer tour, in October 2014, Springfield will return to his native

Australia for his first headline tour in 20 years. Springfield will finish the year with

more “Stripped Down” shows.

On May 6th

MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION. Already receiving rave reviews, Booklist says,

“Captivating, poignant, and hilarious, MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION proves that

some of the most interesting stories can come from pretty unlikely places.” The

deeply meaningful and over-the-top novel features a hero who has hit a dead

end in his life but who serendipitously receives an 800 connection to God via

an inscription in a mysterious self-help book and who just may have a shot at

saving the planet. “The only good grades I ever got in school before I was kicked

out were for creative writing,” says Springfield.  “I thought that fiction might be

in my future but then my career took a different path once the Beatles showed

me what a blast being in a band could be.  Writing my memoir reminded me how

much I love the craft.  So I decided to give fiction a shot again. MAGNIFICENT

VIBRATION is the result.  I’m still not quite sure where it came from, but once

I got going, it practically wrote itself.  I’ve heard writers I admire speak of that

phenomenon, so maybe I’m on the right track.”

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, which he wrote himself, 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. “But good can come from hardship. Depression causes me

to over-analyze events in my life, and that’s actually a bonus when it comes

to songwriting. Hey, if things had gone my way at the time and I’d gotten laid,

Jessie’s Girl would never have been written.”

 2014, Touchtone will publish Springfield’s fiction debut,

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)

The Sound City: Real to Reel CD also won the 2014 Grammy® for Best

Compilation Soundtrack.

In October 2012 Springfield released, Songs for the End of the World his

 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 decade’s-long

productivity speak for itself. “If you pay attention to where I’ve put my time, who

I really am becomes clear.” In addition to General Hospital Rick’s other notable

TV roles include a 4-episode arc on Californication, Hawaii Five-O and Drop

Dead Diva.

Springfield’s current musical career renaissance can be traced back to the

albums Shock/Denial/Anger/Acceptance (2004) and Venus in Overdrive

(Ume, 2008), which entered the Billboard sales charts at No. 28, his highest

debut in 20 years. In 2005, Sony Legacy’s released the retrospective double CD

Written in Rock: The Rick Springfield Anthology.