Rick Springfield talks about new documentary, bookWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all fans: If you’re looking for a hot time and maybe a chance to be in a documentary about Rick Springfield, don’t miss the rocker’s Aug. 8 concert at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania.
“The director and the producer came to me because they understood the whole fan connection that goes on with my shows, and they wanted to document that,” Springfield said. “They’ve been filming us around the world for the past six months.”
Tentatively titled “An Affair of the Heart,” the film set for release in 2011 is being directed by Emmy Award-winner Sylvia Caminer and produced by Melanie Lentz-Janney for Yellow Rick Road Productions, a company in Florida.
“I’ve actually seen some footage and it’s pretty incredible what they’ve got,” Springfield said. “They have really hardcore fans that have gone through life changes and my music has been involved in that, and they go back to their homes and talk to the families about it all.”
He said the film crew would be at a couple more shows in America, but didn’t know if they’d be in Sylvania.
Springfield also has an autobiography, “Late, Late at Night” (Touchstone Fireside), due out in October.
“It’s my life, and I’ve had a pretty interesting life. There’s a few shocking things in there, and a lot of things people don’t know. I figured I would be truthful in the book as I am when I write songs; I’m usually pretty painfully truthful, so I’ve been truthful in there,” he said during a phone interview en route to the Los Angeles International Airport.
“Certain elements relate to fame and success and the music business, but in the end it’s really a human story.”
A story about a dashing Aussie who hit the charts in 1972 with the single, “Speak to the Sky,” rode out some turbulent music undercurrents, and was everywhere in 1981 with “Jessie’s Girl,” thanks to MTV and a role on “General Hospital.”
He won a Grammy for best male rock vocal performance for that No. 1 song, which was featured on “Glee” this year.
“[‘Jessie’s Girl’] was back on the charts again after 30 years; that was kind of cool,” Springfield said. “I’m sure there was a spike — certainly if a song, both their version and my version, were in the top 20 or whatever. I don’t even know really how they do that anymore. It used to be magazines and it would be the top 100 or top 40 and now the record industry is so messed up, I don’t know how you’d calculate that.
“So I don’t follow it. I just put out new music. The last record I did, ‘Venus in Overdrive,’ debuted higher than any record I’ve ever had in my career, so I don’t know what that means.”
Released in 2008, Springfield called “Venus in Overdrive” the son of “Working Class Dog,” which also included the hits “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Carry Me Away” and “Love Is Alright Tonite.”
“Music for me is where it was just before ‘Jessie’s Girl’ hit. You know, the music industry was a bit of a mess coming out of disco and ballads and didn’t really know where it was going. And I didn’t have a record deal, so I just wrote a bunch of songs that I thought would be great to play live, and that became ‘Working Class Dog.’
“And that was the same approach we had with ‘Venus in Overdrive.’ We just wanted great songs that we could play live, the short power-pop songs,” Springfield said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever written a whole album with someone else; I wrote it with my bass player, Matt Bissonette.”
While the 61-year-old star reprised his soap opera role as Dr. Noah Drake — and introduced rock man Eli Love — in recent years and he’s appeared on Showtime’s “Californication,” performing on stage is where Springfield wants to be.
“I’m usually pretty shy in day-to-day life, so my only time to connect with humanity is when I play live,” he said. “It’s a big party and I’m the host, and it’s great — I love it.”
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 show are $37.50 and $23 in advance and $30-$44 the day of the concert.
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