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Interview:
Rick Springfield -- there's an app for that
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Rick Springfield -- there's an app for that. Er, him.

The onetime star of TV's "General Hospital" and hitmakers of "Jessie's Girl" and "Don't Talk to Strangers" fame can be found in cyberspace with a free app that allows fans to keep up with his every move -- or at least the ones Springfield wants them to know about.

"It's a trip," says Springfield, 62, who was born Richard Springthorpe in Australia. "If I want to know what I'm doing, I just look there. It's like having a really cheap secretary who doesn't come to work late or complain about how much there is to do."

And Springfield's certainly been busy these days.

His 2010 memoir "Late, Late at Night" has been published in paperback with new photos and a fresh afterword, while "An Affair of the Heart," the documentary film about his fans, is looking for a distribution deal for a DVD/Blu-Ray release, hopefully this year.

Also on the docket is a new album -- Springfield's first since 2008's "Venus in Overdrive" (and the 2009 children's album "My Precious Little One...") -- but he acknowledges that process is going slower than expected.

"I'm struggling to write a little bit," Springfield notes. "I've been working on a lot of other things, so I haven't given it the time I should give it. But I still want to keep writing." And, he adds, he'll try to road test new material if it's ready.

"It's important for me to keep adding new songs and writing new stuff," Springfield says. "If we can work a song in...I did it before the last album, and it worked out. It always helps to play the songs a few times before you commit them to vinyl -- or whatever we do now."

Rick Springfield performs at the WOMC Leap Year Party on Friday, March 2, at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10-$59.50. Call 313-961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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