There was a time, back in the early ’80s, when Australian singer and actor Rick Springfield seemed to rule the world. Not only was he the singer behind the mega-hit “Jessie’s Girl,” he also played Dr. Noah Drake on the soap “General Hospital,” which back in the ‘80s had a following with young women—not to mention older women—that, looking back, is a little hard to explain. But trust us, it was big. Very big.
So you would think that when Rick Springfield takes the stage at Borgata’s Festival Park September 12—with guests Loverboy and The Romantics—that it would be a night of nostalgia for the 66-year-old Springfield.
Not exactly. This is the Rick Springfield currently starring in the film “Ricki and the Flash” with Meryl Steep and coming off a notable spin as Dr. Irving Pitlor on “True Detective.” And it’s the same Rick Springfield with an upcoming new album “Rocket Science.” He’s also the author of the novel “Magnificent Vibration” and his 2010 memoir ”Late, Late at Night” is considered one of the best rock memoirs of all time (though we don’t expect any dramatic readings at Festival Park, just music.)
Could it be that Rick Springfield is trying to put the classic “Jessie’s Girl” and Noah Drake behind and rule the world again?
“Hopefully, some of the new work I’m involved in is changing that perception,” Springfield recently told the Miami Herald. “If not, I’m good with the “Jessie’s Girl”/Noah Drake thing.”
When Springfield takes the stage at Festival Park, it will be a mixture of new and old.
“We are doing a couple of songs from the new album as well as all the hits, except “Jessie’s Girl” — I’m tired of playing that. OK, not really. Just kidding,” he says. “The new album comes out in January, and it’s the best record I’ve ever made. How’s that for a bold claim?! It is full of hooks, hopefully says something more than a desire to get laid, and will entertain and enlighten.”
Strangely, his acting spin with Streep is drawing attention to something he’s been doing since he was 14–playing guitar.
“I play guitar in our live shows, and what I really get more often than not is: “I didn’t know you could play guitar like that,” he said in another recent interview. “I’ve been playing since I was 14. If I haven’t learned a few licks, then there’s something wrong.
But while he may be very current as an actor and musician, there’s no question that a line-up of Springfield, Loverboy and The Romantics will be channeling the ‘80s. Loverboy is known for the anthem “Working for the Weekend” and The Romantics for “What I Like About You” and “Talking in Your Sleep.”
“It’s a good show because there are a lot of hits, and I think that’s what people come to those shows to see,” Springfield said.
And if he can’t rule the world, at least Rick Springfield will rule Atlantic City and Festival Park for the night.
Tickets for Rick Springfield with Loverboy and The Romantics September 12 at Festival Park are $45 and available here.