Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Chat

May 20, 2003


Rick took time to chat with the fans via the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal website on the afternoon of May 20. Fans from all over the country swarmed the site and sent in questions for the chat, many of which were answered in the allotted one hour time frame. Rick, as usual, ran a bit late! The answers are great insight to the latest in the world of Rick.

Q: Anita of Dayton Ohio - Rick, When & where did you get Scooby?

A: Rick Springfield - Memorial Day, we went to see a friend of ours, and he was there on adoption day. 1995 is when we got him. He's a rescued dog. He was rescued from "death row." He's a spectacular looking dog and so sweet. It was meant to be.
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Q: Jennifer of Houston - I know you are not very fond of the song "Just one Kiss". Are there other songs you have written that you are not proud of?

A: Rick Springfield - No, not really. They've become more than a regular song at this poing. I didn't particularly like the lyrics to that song. It's a part of my life, so I don't really dislike it, I just have fun with it on stage. I poke fun at my songs, too - equal opportunity.
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Q: Lisa W. of Kansas City, MO - Fans like me come to your shows over and over again even traveling across the country to see you in concert. Why do you think so many of us continue to do that? What do you do to make each show different? Looking forward to seeing you here in KC on Saturday! :)

A: Rick Springfield - I've heard from a lot of fans, that they've loved to get together with a community of people. Fans meet others at shows and make strong friendships. It's a traveling party. I have a certain amount of songs, so every show has a feel to make every show different. Spur of the moment things or songs will be thrown in at a spur of a moment depending on how I feel or how the band feels at that time.
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Q: Mary of Cocoa FL. - Hi Rick, Was at the House of Blues in Orlando. You rocked all night. My question is. How is the ankle? The guitar bit back.

A: Rick Springfield - It's black and blue at the moment. It's purple right now. The ankle's fine now.
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Q: Cheryl Trojan of Tuckerton, NJ - Along with the songs from the new CD ( which we're all dying to hear)' any chance of hearing Believe In Me at any upcoming concerts? Like maybe The Westbury July 31 or Foxwoods August 1. Those of us Jersey Girls that will be there would love to hear it after far too many years.

A: Rick Springfield - I've thrown it in now and then, but it's not rehearsed. No plans, but those type of songs are spur of the moment.
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Q: Shonna VandenBerg of McMinnville Oregon - You see alot of fans, do you ever recognize the "regulars" that attend several shows a year?

A: Rick Springfield - Yes, I always recognize the regulars. It always feel like I'm home when I see familiar faces and we've got to know quite a few of the "regulars."
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Q: anne of minnesota - Some say your new album title "shockdenialangeracceptance"represents stages of grief.Is that what you had in mind or does it mean something entirely different.?

A: Rick Springfield - Grief meaning the loss of something meaningful. I mean it universally and specifically for the times it has happened to me.
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Q: Shelly Tuma of New Prague, MN - Hi Rick! I was wondering if you would like your boys to work on music with you in the future or if they had ever come to you & asked about writing or performing with you? Thanks & Keep rockin'!!

A: Rick Springfield - We do charity things together. They're musical path is their own, I'm not going to drag them into mine. They're both talented enough on their own.
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Q: anne of minnesota - Do you have a favorite venue ?indoor/outdoor?Or does it just depend on the audience?

A: Rick Springfield - Totally depends on the audience. I remember the audiences, but I can't remember most of the places that I've played.
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Q: Nancy Sigrist of Mckinney Tx 75070 - Hi, So, Rick who is the greatest merch man??? Do you really know mike??? Just like all your fans I would like to meet you. I will be at your garland concert on july 5th as close as i can get. My t-shirt i am having made says I AM A RICK SISTA PICK ME and on the back it says IF YOU DONT MIKE THE WEBDUDE WILL and it has alot of names of songs you sing and movies you have been in on there. i hope i do get picked to go back stage to meet you. But if not I will be admiring you from afar. I am sure you have many fans asking questions I hope if you do not answer you atleast read mine. always a fan nancy

A: Rick Springfield - Yes, he's a great guy and he is in the Merch King.

Q: Christina Bisceglia of Rancho Cucamonga,Ca - Are you going to put those shiny black pleather pants on again? I think you look really HOT in them.

A: Rick Springfield - I don't know what I'm going to wear - clothes are the last thing I get together on the road. If there's too much going on clothes-wise, they would get in the way of performing and playing. I wear what I think looks cool on stage.
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Q: Franca C. of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario - My question for Rick: Rick, bieng a guitar player myself I really love your cool collection of custom guitars. What guitar gear and guitar effects do you use on stage and in the recording studio? Thanks, Franca C. Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada

A: Rick Springfield - On stage, Fernandez guitars, great out of the box guitars. They're not $5,000 and I get to throw them around in excitement. I use a Naylor Amp at the studio. I used an old Marshal from the 60s as a guitar amp and my son's Gibson Les Paul. Old Gibson SG from 1969 - the first guitar I bought. The White Falcon that I used in EFX and an old J45 from the 50s. A pedal board, EFX pedals.
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Q: Serenity of Mesa, AZ - You were away from home for so long during efx and then straight on to touring, does your family now travel with you to your shows? Do either of your sons have an interest in music?

A: Rick Springfield - No, my family doesn't come on the road. My kids are in school. The road is pretty boring until the 2 hours that we play. Both of my kids have a great interest in music.
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Q: Kim A From PA of Thomasville - You talk about the Miracle Mile in the song Love Receiver, is that the same Miracle Mile in your homeland and have you been there??

A: Rick Springfield - Is was a phrase that meant something to me at the time - it was an idea, not an actual place, more about something wonderful that could happen.
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Q: Kathleen of Woodinville, WA - Do you enjoy performing on stage or being an actor?

A: Rick Springfield - Both, very much. I get joy out of both. They're a different kind of charge. Acting is a steady freedom and being on stage is a complete freedom.
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Q: Kim Schlueter of Pompano Beach, Fla. - Just curious Rick,,,,,,, What did u do with all those photos u had on the EFXAlive Rick Hall of Fame Wall?

A: Rick Springfield - Cast members and people came by and I said take what you want as souveniers.
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Q: anne of minnesota - will there be a new set list on this summers tour?

A: Rick Springfield - We need time to rehearse new stuff, once we do that, there will be. Right now, I'm too busy recording to do that.
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Q: Kristi of Kristi's Kritters of Columbus, OH - What do you to relax when not on tour?

A: Rick Springfield - Go away somewhere, to the desert or hang with my family at home. That's the most relaxing thing for me. I play music to get relaxation.

Q: Christine of Tacoma, WA - Your music now seems to have a different sound than the 80's, do you feel it is more representive of who you are?

A: Rick Springfield - Yes, definitely. Absolutely.
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Q: Barbra of Durand, Michigan - Rick, what made you decide to start jumping into the audience? I have to say it's the nicest thing you could do for your fans. I so enjoyed having you stand on my chair at the Palace in Detroit, Michigan last year.

A: Rick Springfield - Again - connection. Certainly the ultimate form of connection is to be on the same level and sing directly to the people, I love that. Things like that happen spur of the moment. Roses were the spur of the moment thing - a recent idea.
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Q: Kim Schlueter of Pompano Beachfla...... - 4faces of Rick Springfield?? Will u make a shirt of the 4 faces of RS?!!

A: Rick Springfield - They're the 4 faces of everybody. It's a general thing as personal. Everyone feels it - 4 stages of loss. Yes, we will be.
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Q: Patti of Waukegan, IL - How is this tour going to be different from the Karma tour?

A: Rick Springfield - New songs probably. We'll force new songs on everybody. They seem to be getting more and more fun. Audiences have been a lot more vocal and the atmosphere has been a lot more charged.
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Q: Katie of Dallas - If you had to pick a different career, what would it be and why?

A: Rick Springfield - Probably a veternarian or archeologist. Q: Heidi Higgawatha of Shaker Heights, OH - When do you expect the new CD to be released?

A: Rick Springfield - About a month and a half. We're still trying to finish it up and we're trying to have it done by the time we're done on the road. We're slowly adding songs to the show from the cd.
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Q: Carol Ann of Atlanta - Will you be adding more tour dates after the new CD comes out?

A: Rick Springfield - I think we may, yea. Once it's finished, yes.
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Q: Erin of Toronto - Do you think you will ever perform in Canada this new tour? There are thousands of fans up here waiting for you to come and rock our world!!!

A: Rick Springfield - Yea, if we can fit it in. It's been difficult since 9-11 with border issues with all of the equipment that we have. Once the record is out, I think we will.
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Q: Kim Schlueter of pompano beach, fla. - We know u r busy....any idea when the Live n Kicking Video will b released? :)

A: Rick Springfield - We're hoping to do it when the new cd is out, but the guy who controls it - we just have to make a deal with him. We're aiming at that.
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Q: Michele of Garland - If you could control one aspecet of the crowd while performing, what would it be?

A: Rick Springfield - My butt gets pinched.
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Q: CHRISTINE CREEGAN of SCRANTON - RICK . HI! :-) I OFTEN WONDERED WHAT THE FEELING IS WHEN YOU WALK ONSTAGE OR PERFORM---- FOR YOU PERSONALLY WHAT IS THE FEELING YOU GET THAT DRAWS YOU TO PERFORMING LIVE? BE HONEST!!! (SMILE) DO YOU REALLY ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS YOU APPEAR TO? (because you look like you are having just as much fun as we are!) AND OH ! WE MISS YA ON THE EAST COAST ,RICK ! WE MISS THE VEGAS TRIPS TOO! (here's a hug sent your way) CHRISTINE SCRANTON , PA.

A: Rick Springfield - Oh, yea, I can't fake anything like that. That's how I connect to people. I don't do that in day to day life. I like to be alone in day to day life. I love it for that reason, or my main draw, is the connection with fans.

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Q: Stacy of Dallas - Would you ever consider recording a song that a fan or someone else wrote and sent you if you really liked it? Or is your music just from your personal experiences?

A: Rick Springfield - Absolutely, I would. The thing with some of the songs from fans are good, but the blueprint and sound are from previous albums. I'm focused on a different sound by the time I receive songs they send. My songs are mostly personal, so it's hard to get into a fans song unless it pertains to me personally. Most of the other songs I've done are covers from the songs when I was a kid and some of them are on the new cd.

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Q: Lori :-) of Pinole, CA - I know you used to ride an OHV and had a serious accident (glad you're ok), do you still ride and do you have any favorite OHV parks/trails?

A: Rick Springfield - I would ride them, but I don't really have the time. I have friends that want to take me out to ride. Mammoth, Big Bear is a great place to ride. Indian Doons in or around L.A. are great places to ride.

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Q: Kristi of Kristi's Kritters of Columbus, OH - Thanks so much for coming back to Columbus, Ohio on July 11! I cannot wait for that show! My question is this: Do you have any input as far as which cities you would like to perform in when you go on tour? Any favorite cities?

A: Rick Springfield - No, not really. It's a routing thing - what makes more sense travel wise and still gives me time at home.

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Q: Tami of Gilbert - Is it true you have a house in Arizona? Just curious where you own homes, other than Malibu.

A: Rick Springfield - No.

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Q: Amy SP of Cincinnati, OH - You're known for your active fan following. If you could describe your fan base with just three words, what would they be?

A: Rick Springfield - Active, the best.

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Q: Tami of Phoenix - Is it true you spend a lot of time in Wisconsin, as your wife's family still resides in the state? If you can, what part of the state? I grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, but then spent 16 years up in Eagle River, near the Upper Michigan border.

A: Rick Springfield - My wife is from Beloit. No, we just tour here. My wife rarely comes on the road. Milwaukee seems to be a hot bit. A lot of touring has a lot to do w/ routing and the East Coast is harder to reach for some reason.

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Q: Tami (orange Webdude fan from Tucson) of Gilbert, Arizona - Are the majority of yours sons written about your wife, or from previous (20 plus years ago) relationships w/ other women?

A: Rick Springfield - For me to know and you to find out baby. It's a mix.

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Q: Kricket of Fayetteville, TN. - Are you going to put a city in Tennessee on your tour this year? We miss ya here.

A: Rick Springfield - Please see www.rickspringfield.com for concert tour dates and locations.

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Q: Chris of Juneau, Alaska - What's your favorite hang-out in Las Vegas?

A: Rick Springfield - Malibu Chad's Restaurant.

Final thought from Rick Springfield - They say these things are sort of an odd thing to do, but I had a good time. I look forward to going to places we haven't been before and getting back in the studio to perform songs that we haven't performed before.