Rick Springfield, the musician behind the No. 1 hit “Jessie's Girl” who also famously portrayed Dr. Noah Drake in “General Hospital,” doesn't like to dwell on his past success.
Springfield will perform at the KOLA Hot Summer Night event with Eddie Money, Little River Band and Mick Rhodes & The Hard Eight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Thursday, but makes a point to say: “I don't really look at our tour as a nostalgia act or retro.”
“I do a lot of new songs. I also do the old hits. I even do a loud rock ‘n' roll version of ‘Roar,' the Katy Perry song,” Springfield said in a recent phone interview. “It's important to keep looking forward otherwise you get bored.”
Which is why it's no surprise that outside of singing and acting, Springfield is also an author. In May, he released his fiction book “Magnificent Vibration” and is wrapping up a sequel.
The book, according to his website, details how Bobby Cotton steals a self-help book and calls a 1-800 number written inside that is a direct line to God, which leads to a spirtual journey of sorts.
He also wrote a well received memoir, titled “Late, Late At Night” in 2010, that tackled the highs and lows of his career including depression. He said the book's publisher talked him out of not being as open in the memoir, which he is now pleased about.
“A lot of people have said the things I've said in there, or things brought up, was the truth to them. It's like group therapy. But I don't really give out advice. I don't consider myself qualified to. I just tell them my story,” he said. “If they have specific questions, I'll answer them. But I only answer them from the perspective that I'm there too. I've had to deal with it all my life.”
He's considering a sequel for his 2010 book as well, adding that “a lot of things have happened since.”
But the past still holds plenty of great memories for Springfield, particularly when it comes to hits he created like Grammy-winning “Jessie's Girl” and Grammy-nominated “I Get Excited,” “Don't Talk to Strangers” and “Affair of the Heart.”
“I'm proud to have written them,” he said. “They've taken their place in the ‘80s pop landscape.”
As far as his stint on “General Hospital,” Springfield was noncommittal on if he would go back. Springfield first played Dr. Noah Drake in 1981 and has since reappeared from time to time, most recently in 2013 for the show's 50th anniversary.
“I have an allegiance to the show for sure,” he said. ‘I'm not saying I wouldn't go back. But being in a soap opera is the toughest acting gig in the universe. People don't understand how difficult it is to pull off.”
Springfield said in February he caught a ride on the tour bus of Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and they discussed Springfield possibly making country music.
It's where pop has gone ... the new country,” he said.
Springfield added that he and DeMarcus “wrote a song but we haven't finished it yet.”
When asked if he had advice for younger artists, Springfield said he keeps it basic.
“I say everyone's path is different,” Springfield said. “There is no one route. Really the only thing I say is you have to really, really want it. And stay committed with it through your whole life. Never give up, never give up and never give up. Stay in there when the people aren't applauding.”
KOLA's Hot Summer Night
What: Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Little River Band and Mick Rhodes & The Hard Eight.
Where: Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday.
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