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Rick Springfield, Starship coming to Clearwater Sept. 3



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Eighties fans have a mystical connection to Rick Springfield. And for good reason. Easily one of the nicest guys in rock, Rick puts on incredible shows full of every hit from our decade. He truly enjoys being a product of those times. And I'm not afraid to say I still get a weird chill down my spine when he teases the crowd each show with the first few notes of Jessie's Girl.

Rick had 13 hits that landed in the Top 25 during the '80s and a half dozen more than landed in the U.S. Hot 100. For every Jessie's Girl, there's Love Somebody, Affair of the Heart, Love is Alright Tonight and Human Touch.

Sure, some people just go to the shows to oogle or howl at "Dr. Noah Drake" from General Hospital. But pretty soon, even the most jaded fan gives it to the music. If you're not singing along by the middle of his set, you're just soulless.

These days, Rick is staying as busy as ever. He spent last week flying around the country, doing press for the paperback release of his new autobiography Late, Late at Night. (I talked to him about it last year; read it again here.) He's also prepping for his annual Rick Springfield cruise (this year with Jack Wagner). And, of course, he's back on the road. Which brings me to the point here finally:

Rick Springfield has a date again with Tampa Bay. It's Sept. 3 at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 15 at noon and range from $49.75 to $100. (Click here to check for a date in a city closer to you.)

Of course, he's not coming alone. Starship starring Mickey Thomas is the opening act. Grace Slick is now long retired from handing the co-vocals, so Mickey has Stephanie Calvert handling those chores. The word is that Starship's set will include tunes from just about every incarnation of the band. But expect the '80s hits -- No Way Out, We Built This City, Sara, Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now-- to be front and center.

All in all, not a bad way to spend the night.

Read the official press release from Ruth Eckerd Hall below:

July 11, 2011, Clearwater, FL – Grammy® Award-winner Rick Springfield will make an exclusive Tampa Bay area concert appearance with special guest Starship featuring Mickey Thomas at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, September 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 15 at noon.

This will be Springfield’s first appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall since 2004 and he will be performing his hit songs including Jessie’s Girl, I’ve Done Everything For You, Don’t Talk to Strangers, Affair of the Heart and Love Somebody.

The Australian born singer/actor is man of many talents. Not only is he an accomplished musician who has sold more than 20 million albums and actor, he can now add published author to his resume. His personal memoir Late, Late at Night released late last year was a New York Times bestseller.

Springfield's debut single, Speak to the Sky, was major pop hit and reached #14 on the Billboard charts. His debut album Beginnings was the first of seven albums to chart top 40 or better on the U.S. album charts. His 1981 album, Working Class Dog, included the Top 10 hit songs I’ve Done Everything For You and Jessie’s Girl, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts and achieved worldwide success. His follow-up albums Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet (1982) included the hit single Don’t Talk To Strangers (#2) and Living In Oz (1983), which included the hit single Affair of the Heart (#9). He has continued to release albums, including 2008’s critically acclaimed Venus in Overdrive which reached #28 on the Billboard charts.

Joining Rick Springfield will be special guest Starship starring Mickey Thomas.

Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the ’80’s and ‘90’s, with his soulful and compelling vocals, establishing himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars.

Currently celebrating his 30th anniversary with Starship since he joined Jefferson Starship as lead vocalist, he first made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit Fooled Around and Fell in Love with The Elvin Bishop Band. When Mickey joined Jefferson Starship in the late ‘70’s, backed by the power of his vocals, Jefferson Starship immediately scored a #1 hit with Jane. With this new sound and powerful new vocals the group was renamed Starship and continued to record an amazing string of hit songs including No Way Out, We Built This City and Sara. They received an Academy® Award-nomination for the #1 hit song Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now from the move Mannequin. Other top hit singles include Find Your Way Back, Stranger, Laying It On The Line and It’s Not Over Till It’s Over, which became Major League Baseball’s theme in 1987. Every Starship album released has gone Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum. We Built This City and Sara have become staples on MTV and VH1.

Starship has revamped their show with an expanded set list that includes the multi-platinum hits of Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship and Starship. This along with the expanded band and addition of beautiful, powerful female vocalist, Stephanie Calvert; delivers a concert that includes all the hit songs and classics. This month the band released Starship Marauder a CD collection of new songs on Gigatone Records.

Reserved tickets priced at $100.00, $59.00 and $49.75 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 pm and one hour prior to showtime. Patrons may also purchase tickets at 24/7.

[Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2011 1:08pm]


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