‘Jessie’s Girl’ Singer Rick Springfield Opens Up About His New Album, Tour, Mental Health And More
Admit it, you’re currently singing “Jessie’s Girl” to yourself right now after reading that headline, and we’re not sorry about it—it’s a song worth getting stuck in your head all day.
We recently caught up with Rick Springfield, singer, instrumentalist, songwriter, actor and author, ahead of his concert at The Pompano Amp on Aug. 28.
Continue reading to see highlights about his career, new music, the tour and what it’s like to work with Meryl Streep.
Describe your new album “The Snake King” in only three words.
God. Devil. Sex.
“The Snake King” deals with issues like depression, primarily on the song “Suicide Manifesto.” What is your advice for anyone struggling with depression and mental health issues?
Talk to people about it. Go public. Seek professional help. Don’t be embarrassed. Try and channel it into something productive; something you love. Make depression work for you, rather than against you.
What’s your favorite song to perform on stage in front of an audience and why?
At the moment it’s “The Voodoo House” off the new record because it’s a great audience participation song and it’s new. Playing new music keeps the live show fresh and exciting for us.
What was it like co-starring alongside Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash?" What was the process of creating that movie like?
It was a great experience. I learned a lot from Meryl. She is a brave actor. Even now when she has nothing to prove she always puts it all out there with no apologies. Jonathan Demme was amazing—created a family, safe atmosphere on the set. I miss him very much, as does everyone who knew and worked with him. Incredible human being.
Is it hard to make the switch between acting and creating music, or do both come naturally? How have you balanced those two aspects in your career to become successful at both?
They are the same animal. Performance, creative work and discipline. I have no idea how I have balanced them, if I even have. I just go there when the moments present themselves.
What has been the most memorable part of your career thus far?
Maybe I haven’t had it yet.
Is there anything in particular that our readers should know about your upcoming show in Pompano Beach?
Yes. We are completely naked through the whole 90-minute set. It’s at times disturbing and enlightening. Actually, the only thing I can say is that it’s a great big party and you are invited!
To purchase tickets to the concert, visit theamppompano.org/events/detail/355846.
Photos courtesy of Elizabeth Attenborough
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