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Are you ready to rock?: '80s legend Rick Springfield to perform at county fair
June 18, 2010, 01:21 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff

Rick Springfield performs 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the San Mateo County Fair.

Rick Springfield stood in line behind a young girl in 2004 who was proudly singing, "Jessie’s Girl.”

The singer, clearly recognizing the song, asked the little girl where she had heard the tune. She sweetly replied, it’s the new song in that new movie "13 Going on 30.”

"At this point, it was 25 years after the song came out,” Springfield said in a phone interview. "It was pretty funny. I’m thrilled by it. As a writer, all you can ask is that a song has legs. … It has an appeal that keeps coming back.”

The song, off the early ’80s album "Working Class Dog,” was released with little aspirations from the singer who began working in television around the same time. But "Jessie’s Girl” took off. It’s been featured in movies, television shows, video games and tonight it will be part of Springfield’s show at the San Mateo County Fair.

Born in Australia, Springfield spent most of his childhood in England. Music was an easy decision for Springfield who quickly fell in love with his guitar but hated school. Once he joined a band, that was it. Springfield dropped out. He joked that’s not the message he shares with his children. But Springfield’s bad school memories should soon come to light in his autobiography set to be released this October.

Springfield joked if he slowed down with his various work activities he could die.

"I think that’s what happens [when you stop]. I still love what I do; I’m so passionate about it. I love the whole aspect of writing and performing and all the stuff that I do. I don’t know what I’d do if I stop doing it,” he said, adding there is still so much he wants to do.

Which is funny, because there are many things Springfield has already done.

As an actor, Springfield may be best known as Dr. Noah Drake from "General Hospital,” a role he played from 1981-1983, and for a three-year stint starting in 2005. He’s also appeared on the Showtime show "Californication.” In the latter role, Springfield played a messed up version of himself.

He explained acting was a medium he fell into in the ’70s between record deals.

"As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found the joy of it. The roles are challenging,” he said.

Acting seems to take a back seat to writing.

Springfield always thought he’d be a writer. Song writing came along and allowed him one outlet in which to do that. He’s working on a new record now, planning a November Rick Springfield and friends cruise — a five-day cruise to the Bahamas, and looking forward to a book tour.

But first, he’s going to bring his act to San Mateo.  

Rick Springfield performs 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo County Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St. in San Mateo. General admission to the fair includes the show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children 6 to 12 years old and seniors 62 years old and older; and kids under 5 are free. Parking is $10.

Heather Murtagh can be reached by e-mail: heather@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.

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