Grammy award winning artist, Rick Springfield, stopped by the Silver Creek Event Center in New Buffalo, MI last Friday. Springfield has some of the most loyal fans in the industry and proved that by playing to a packed house in small-town Michigan.
Rick Springfield has remained a relevant musical icon for over 40 years. Known for his high energy shows, with a heavy load of greatest hits, he opened with “Light This Party Up”, and a video montage of some of his most famous moments over the past four decades. Rick had the crowd on their feet and ready for the promised party. Over the next hour and a half, fans were treated to favorites such as “I’ve Done Everything 4 You”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “Love Somebody” and of course, “Jessie’s Girl” but we were also given a taste of where Rick Springfield has traversed musically. His latest album, The Snake King, is heavy and edgy with a full-bodied blues undertone. He gave the crowd a look at that side of him with the song “Little Demon” and I liked it. I liked it a lot. I’ve always associated Rick Springfield with the quintessential pop heartthrob; someone whose good looks outweighed the content of his music. He showed us that is just a piece of his musical make-up and that he does harder music and dark lyrics rather well. I will definitely be checking out the rest of his latest album.
Rick Springfield’s performance at the Silver Creek Event Center was everything his fans wanted it to be. The show flew by as time stood still. When the theater lights came back on, and we were suddenly transported back to the year 2018, I kept hoping he would return for just one more song. I enjoyed the show and I enjoyed the memories. So, thank you, Mr. Springfield, for letting me be 10 years old again; in a time when I was wearing out my copy of Working Class Dog and covering my bedroom walls in your Tiger Beat pinups. There is no separating music and nostalgia, and for a moment it was 1981 and I was dancing around my room singing into a hairbrush and wishing I was Rick’s girl.
You can check out Rick Springfield on the road at his upcoming tour dates, but for now, let’s flashback to 1981.