SYV Star Staff Report
On Thursday, January 19, 2017 you will find the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom stage occupied by only one. Rick Springfield’s unique and fresh “Stripped Down” solo show offers an intimate night of music and storytelling. The show begins at 8 p.m. and the cost for tickets is $25 each.
While Springfield is best known for both megahit “Jessie’s Girl” and his role as Dr. Noah Drake on “General Hospital,” this performance does not portray him as the iconic 1980s heart throb he is so commonly identified as. In an effort to better connect his audience to his music, Springfield has “stripped down” his hits to their acoustic roots. In a 2015 interview with The Washington Times he stated “I’ve always felt if you can’t sell a song with just a voice and an acoustic guitar, then there’s something missing in the song.”
Springfield is an Australian native who moved to the U.S. in 1972. His debut solo track “Speak to the Sky” reached Top 10 on the Australian pop charts and caught the attention of American record labels, bringing him to Los Angeles. This single and his album Blessings did well, but Springfield chose to first focus on his acting career. He appeared on popular television programs such as “The Rockford Files,” “Wonder Woman,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and “The Six-Million Dollar Man.”
In 1980, Springfield was cast as the dashing Dr. Noah Drake on the popular daytime drama “General Hospital.” As his popularity skyrocketed, Springfield released the album Working Class Dogs which yielded the now-classic singles “I’ve Done Everything For You” and “Jessie’s Girl.” “Jessie’s Girl” earned him his first Grammy and became known as an anthem of the 80s.
Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, California, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Indulge or online at www.chumashcasino.com.