Springfield brings solo show to Palladium Nov. 5


By Lana Bandy

Rick Springfield will perform at the Palladium at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. (Submitted photo)

Don’t be surprised if Rick Springfield seems a bit nostalgic when he hits the Palladium stage in Carmel for his  show. It seems Indiana holds a special place in the musician’s heart. “It was one of the first solo shows I ever did, so I dig it for that reason alone,” Springfield said. “We didn’t know what the reaction would be, but Indianapolis stood up and said, ‘We’ll book that show,’ so it’s very cool.”

“That show” is the Australian rocker’s stripped down solo acoustic performance in which Springfield shares the stories behind his songs. After 40-plus years as a musician, actor and author, audiences can expect to hear some gems, as he recently told Current.

Q) This is a “stripped down” solo show. What can fans expect that night?

A) Expect the best, but be prepared for the worst. Wait…no, that’s North Korea, not my solo show. The solo show is very personal and intimate and it’s a lot of spontaneous stuff, so it’s a lot of fun for me, and I hope for the audience. It’s very different from our band shows, different songs, different pace and different versions of hit songs.

Q) I’ve been to several of your shows, and they’ve been pretty guitar heavy. How does that translate into a “stripped down” show?

 A) It’s just me, but I play a lot of guitars on the solo show. It has been interesting to see how some of the guitar-heavy songs play out acoustically. Like I said, it makes for some different versions of the more well-known songs.

 Q) What special highlights can you tell us about?

 A) There are songs that span my life, songs that were meaningful to me as a kid and new songs and the songs I am not allowed to leave the stage without playing.

Q) Should we expect a lot of new music, quite a few old favorites or a little bit of everything?

A) Everything. Including getting busted if you get up during the show to go to the bathroom. Yep, it’s very intimate.

Q) Will we finally find out who Jessie’s girl is?

 A) I tell the stories about the moments in my life that became songs, so it makes it a storyteller type show as well and, yes, I do tell the story that led to “Jessie’s Girl.”

 Q) You wrote that song and it was your first huge hit in the U.S. Does it still have special meaning to you or do you get tired of playing it at every show?

 A) No, it’s the first song that was a hit for me, so it has a special place in my soul. I’m proud of having written it and damn lucky no one wrote it before me.

Q) Have you been doing stripped down shows for awhile or is this a new thing for you? What was the thought process behind doing this type of show versus a more traditional concert?

 A) I’ve been doing the solo show for about three years now. It came out of writing my autobiography. I realized I had a lot of stories and had done a lot of things and it might make for an interesting show.

 Q) This isn’t your first stripped down show on this tour. What has the fan reaction been like?

 A) Everyone seems to like it. It’s a different side of me they see, and I love the relaxed vibe of the solo show.

Q) You have been touring a lot of late, and rumor has it you have some acting gigs scheduled as well, how do these two professions complement each other in your life? 

 A) I don’t know if they complement each other. I just do what I can and let the chips fall. I enjoy both pursuits and, as Steve Martin used to sing, “I get paid for doing this.”

Q) You’ve continued your acting career that started with “General Hospital” in the ‘80s. You even starred with Meryl Streep (“Ricki and the Flash). Can we expect to see you on TV this fall?

 A) Yes, you will. “American Horror Story,” but I’m looking for a show of my own and writing as well.

Q) What is it that motivates you to keep touring after all these years?

 A) I love playing. I started when I was 14, and the bug bite is still there. It’s the greatest feeling to play music for people. I’ve always loved it, even when my voice hadn’t broken and I was singing crappy versions of Beatles songs.


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