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Interview:
With hard work, Rick Springfield remains a working class dog
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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He's in a major feature film, has a new album finished and is working on a novel.

Clearly, at 66, Rick Springfield did not get the memo about retirement age.

The Australian-born Springfield -- already seen this year in the movie "Ricki and the Flash" and on HBO's "True Detective" -- reports that he recently finished recording his 18th studio album, the follow-up to 2012's "Songs For the End of the World," which the "Jessie's Girl" (and more) hitmaker hopes to put out as a free download later this year or early next. "I'm really excited about it," Springfield says by phone from New York. The hooks are big and the guitars are very present and it's a great-sounding record."

Springfield recorded the set with Detroit native Matt Bissonette, who's currently playing bass with Elton John. Springfield says that he's "been listening to a lot of country" music recently but promises that "it's not a country album by any stretch of the imagination," though he did do some songwriting with Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and Grosse Pointe-raised J.T. Harding. "I listen to a lot of that (country) stuff, and that's where pop music has gone," Springfield explains. "It's gone to Nashville, so there's a little influence in that, which is fair 'cause a lot of those guys listened to me and guys like me when they were growing up."

With the album wrapped, Springfield has turned his attention to a sequel to his novel "Magnificent Vibration, which recently came out in paperback. Springfield says "it's a little slow-going but he plans to spend time on the road writing and still enjoys the process.

"I love writing," says Springfield, whose 2010 memoir "Late, Late at Night" was a New York Times Best Seller. "The enjoyment is definitely in the doing of it. Whether it's successful or not...I've certainly had songs that are successful and songs that aren't, and I get equal joy from both. Writing them, really, is the great pleasure, whether it's music or prose."

Rick Springfield, Loverboy and the Romantics

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights.

Tickets are $29.50-$99.50 pavilion, $25 lawn.

Call (586) 268-5100 or visit freedomhill.net.

Web Site: www.freedomhill.net

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