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Rick Springfield Keeps His Muse Alive

Of the Oakland Press

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Rick Springfield fans are getting double the pleasure if they’re tuning into “General Hospital” these days.

The current story arc features Springfield as his regular character, Dr. Noah Drake, and as, “as only soaps can do, his exact double, and he’s a musician who comes into the hospital. It gets very involved.”

Springfield, 57, doesn’t mind. In fact, he’s downright happy about it. After all, he returned to “General Hospital” two years ago, after making a name for himself there in the early ’80s before becoming a pop hit maker, primarily as a vehicle for his songs.

“Everyone’s trying new ways to get their music heard,” says Springfield, who was born Richard Springthorpe in Australia and has a Top 40 track record that includes “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Affair of the Heart.” “I would hate to be a beginning band right now. Record companies don’t support them. Radio is restricted to the Top 20 songs.

“I don’t know where you hear new rock music anymore, y’know?”

Springfield is concerned because he has new music coming. A holiday album, “Christmas With You,” is due this fall, and a set of allnew material is due out in the spring of 2008. He’s giving fans a sneak peek at that, too, opening his shows with one of those songs, “Who Killed Rock ’n’ Roll?”

“It’s important for me to keep playing new music because that’s my focus as far as being a musician,” Springfield explains. “It’s fun to play the old stuff and see the reaction it gets, but to resist being just a touring nostalgia act, I want to keep it fresh for me, and writing is the most fun and the most important thing I do for myself, personally.”

Rick Springfield performs at 8 p.m. Friday (August 10th) at Meadow Brook Music Festival, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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