Ribfest headliner Rick Springfield talks 'Californication' and his dark rock 'n' roll past
Fun fact: While playing for an Aussie band named Zoot, Rick Springfield and his bandmates once posed nude for a publicity shot, showing off their backsides. His mother wasn't happy.
"A bit of lace is much more interesting than seeing the whole doohickey," she scolded her son, who assured her nobody will ever remember the snapshot after it was published in a music magazine.
To the contrary, it has reappeared throughout his career — once as a huge backdrop at a show at a gay club — and is even reproduced in his no-holds-barred memoir, Late, Late at Night.
"I think the initial onslaught was a happy, shiny guy, you know," said Springfield, who performs Saturday at Ribfest in St. Petersburg. "A lot of the hard-core fans — they've listened to the later albums — they know there's more going on. All my songs are written from a dark place. Even Jessie's Girl is a relationship that I couldn't make happen."
Click here for Steve Spears' full interview with Springfield, including (among other things) his thoughts on appearing on Showtime's Californication, as well as a full schedule of Ribfest music by the likes of the Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, Eric Church and more.