Schaumburg, IL 7/13/81
Woodfield Shopping Center
More than 6000 teenaged girls stormed the stage at Woodfield Shopping Center during Monday's performance of teen idol Rick Springfield injuring two bystanders who were caught in the crowd.
The stampede apparently was triggered when Springfield, a popular singer and the star of a television soap opera began kissing some of his fans
Springfield who plays the tall, dark Noah Drake on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital" and whose record "Jessie's Girl" is number five on the popular music charts escaped without injury. But one teenager was rushed to the hospital and another received minor injuries after they were shoved against a wall by the agitated crowd.
Marge Windle of Rosell was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights by Schaumburg paramedics after she apparently fainted. She was treated and released later that afternoon. Her companion Debbie Boyk of Park Ridge was treated by the paramedics for a sprained ankle.
Rick was letting girls kiss him but when all of a sudden they announced that the crowd was getting too wild and that Rick would have to leave said Kris Morgan, a sales clerk for the Musicland Store that co-sponsored Springfield's performance.
There were lots of security guards around trying to get him away and people were yelling to leave him alone but everybody just kept pushing and running toward him. She added "Everybody just started to go crazy and started running toward the stage to touch Rick.:
Woodfield officials said Monday's crowd of 6,000 was one of the largest they have had at celebrity appearances but said that they did not consider the incident a problem.
"There is always a lot of pushing and shoving during these kinds of things, but what else can you expect when you get 6,000 women out there screaming and wanting to touch the guy?" said Richard Johnson, security manager for the mall. "We had a little bigger crowd than usual and we had to cut the show short because everyone was shoving to get on stage, but it really wasn't too big of a problem."
Steve Gordon, promotion manager for RCA Records, said Monday's scene was typical of outbursts at performances throughout the country for Springfield, an Australian rock star who made his debut in the United States several years ago but only reached stardom recently with the release of his album, "Working Class Dog," and with his entry into the popular daytime soap opera business.
"The girls get so excited when they see him it's just incredible," Gordon said. "The audiences have been packed with more than 6,000 people at his recent performances in Cleveland and Washington, D.C. and at both of those, everybody just started going crazy. There's really not much you can do to prevent that type of thing, because the girls just go wild when they see Rick."
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