Rick Springfield Feels Both Sexes Have Kept His Music Alive

Depending on whom you ask, Rick Springfield is considered an enduring ’80s heartthrob — or one of the hardest rocking guitarists of any decade. Springfield, who’s currently on the road, returns this month with his 17th studio set, The Snake King. The new concept blues album features all original material and will be released on January 26th via the Frontiers imprint.

Springfield has dealt with deeply personal issues on the new album — including a recent bout of suicidal thoughts. He told us that it’s the love, interest, and support from both his female and male fans that keep him honest and progressing musically and emotionally: [“I write what I like and that’s why the music always comes from a male perspective because I am, y’know? But some of the image stuff. . . I mean I always resisted all the teen stuff, but they still printed stuff anyway back in the ’80s and I had to deal with it. But I always played and wrote what I wanted to — that I thought was good stuff, which is why I still have male fans. And the male fan base is actually growing, because I’ve always written, I think, with a degree of integrity and not a sell out vibe at all.”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . vibe at all)

  • Rick Springfield tour dates (subject to change):
    January 12 – New Albany, OH – McCoy Center     
    January 13 – Patchogue, NY – Patchogue Theatre     
    February 9 – Norman, OK – Riverwind Casino (with Richard Marx)
    February 10 – Mulvane, KS – Kansas Star Arena     
    February 17, 18, 19 – Honolulu, HI – Blue Note Hawaii     
    February 23 – New Buffalo, MI – Four Winds Event Center     
    February 24 – Florence, IN – Belterra Casino Resort     
    February 25 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino     
    March 15 – Sarasota, FL – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall     
    March 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 – The ’80s Cruise – Fort Lauderdale, FL
    March 25 – Naples, FL – Hayes Hall     
    April 12 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (with The Oregon Symphony)   
    April 14 – Miami, FL – Magic City Casino Amphitheater (with The Romantics)
    May 19 – Shipshewana, IN – Blue Gate Theater Event Center 
    June 29 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center (with The Nashville Symphony)