RICK SPRINGFIELD MUSIC TIMELINE
RICK SPRINGFIELD AUTOBIOGRAPHY
In Late, Late at Night, Rick takes readers inside the highs and lows of his extraordinary life. By turns winningly funny and heartbreakingly sad, every page resonates with Rick’s witty, wry, self-deprecating, brutally honest voice. On one level, he reveals the inside story of his ride to the top of the entertainment world. On a second, deeper level, he recounts with unsparing candor the forces that have driven his life, including his longtime battle with depression and thoughts of suicide, the shattering death of his father, and his decision to drop out of the limelight at the absolute peak of fame. Having finally found true balance, Rick’s story is ultimately an uplifting one, thanks to his passion for music, a deep love of his wife of twenty-six years and their two sons, and his life-long quest for spiritual peace. Visit www.latelateatnight.com for book related multimedia, print and audio excerpt, reviews, online retailers and more.
RICK SPRINGFIELD HISTORICAL TIMELINE
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- Rick hits the road with the Sound City Players live show across the US and to the UK, along with Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear along with Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Lee Ving of Fear, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and more to promote the release of the Dave Grohl directed documentary movie “Sound City”. During Rick’s segment of the show, Rick performs several hits with Foo Fighters as his backing band, including ‘Love Is Alright Tonite’, ‘I’ve Done Everything For You’, ‘Jessie’s Girl’, and the FooFighters/Rick Springfield collaboration, ‘The Man That Never Was’. Dave Grohl tells crowds that performing ‘Jessie’s Girl’ with Rick Springfield completes another item on his bucket list. Dave also coins the term, “Rick F#$@ing Springfield”.
- Rick appears at Sundance Film Festival and SxSw Music Festival screenings with Dave Grohl for ‘Sound City Players’ performances to promote the ‘Sound City” documentary.
- ‘Sound City Players’ appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Ellen Show. Rick performs with Foo Fighters on both shows.
- Registration for the next fan getaway begins. “Rick Springfield & Friends: Destination Port St. Lucie” is November 14-18, 2013 at Club Med Sandpiper Bay.
- Dave Grohl hosts “Chelsea Lately” in place of the vacationing Chelsea Handler with Rick is his special guest.
- Rick appears on ABC’s “The View”, as a “mystery guest” on Anderson Cooper’s show, “Anderson Live” and as a special guest with Katie Couric on “Katie”.
- New European dates are announced including concerts Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and the UK.
- A special all-acoustic version of “Songs for the End of the World” is released.
- Rick lends his talents to the “Rock Against MS” benefit concert in Los Angeles.
- Rick returns to ABC’s ‘General Hospital’ for a special episode which features a performance by Rick and his band.
- Rick announces the publication of his first novel, ‘Magnificent Vibration’, slated for release in May 2014 by the Touchstone imprint of Simon & Schuster.
- The Hollywood Walk of Fame announces that Rick will receive his long overdue and well deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.
- The independently produced fan documentary, ‘An Affair Of The Heart’ is released on DVD and DVD
- Rick records a special performance for The A.V. Club, featuring an acoustic solo performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well”.
- Rick writes and records a song with Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters for Dave Grohl’s forthcoming documentary, “Sound City” which will chronicle the legendary Van Nuys, California studio and the bands and artists who recorded there. Rick is also interviewed by Dave about his Sound City experiences for the documentary.
- Rick appears as a special guest on the hit TV show, “Hot In Cleveland”.
- Rick and his band head in to the studio to begin work on the next studio record, recorded at Henson Studios and The Black Lagoon in Los Angeles.
- RickSpringfield.com launches the “ROCKSTAR” promotion, inviting fans to watch an instructional video by Rick on how to sing the chorus from “I Hate Myself” from the forthcoming new album. Over 800 fans submit videos and audio of themselves singing the line for inclusion as a “mass chorus of voices” in the song as well as a special :30 minute bonus track version of the song.
- Rick returns to ABC’s General Hospital as “Dr. Noah Drake” for two episodes which air March 20 and 21.
- Rick is a special guest at the Indianapolis 500, appearing in the Indy 500 Parade.
- Darryl Cotton, Rick’s Zoot bandmate and friend, passes away on July 27, 2012. Rest in peace, Darryl.
- The track list for the soundtrack to ‘Sound City Movie’ is revealed. ‘Sound City – Real To Reel’ includes “The Man That Never Was” by Rick Springfield, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mandel & Pat Smear and Matt Bissonette.
- Rick releases his next album, “Song for the End of the World”, in four (4) unique versions, each with bonus digital content accessed by a free interactive app. Initial critical reviews are exceptionally and overwhelmingly positive and the album garners a 100% 5 star rating on Amazon and iTunes.
- A one-of-a-kind interactive animated “steampunk” inspired web site is launched at RickSpringfield.com, complete with a countdown to the “end of the world”, to introduce fans to the new album and each of the four (4) versions.
- Rick begins a media blitz for “Songs for the End of the World” which includes appearances on vh1’s Morning Buzz, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Jeff Probst Show, ACCESS Hollywood, ABC News, FOX News, The Talk, Rachel Ray, GOOD DAY LA, GOOD DAY NY, Better TV, and The Nick and Artie Show and more.
- Pandemonium ensues when Rick surprises New York City commuters with an impromptu live performance on the New York City subway platform at Penn Station.
- Rick performs on a live fan-interactive web studio acoustic session from NYC on LiveStream.
- Rick and fans gather in Cancun, Mexico for the fan getaway “Rick Springfield & Friends: Destination Cancun”.
- The 4th and final “Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise” sets sail in November featuring the first reunion of Rick’s Australian band, Zoot, featuring all the original members, Darryl Cotton, Beeb Birtles, Rick Brewer and Rick Springfield.
- The “Rick Springfield & Friends – Destination: Cancun” fan getaway is announced for November 2012.
- The 3rd “Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise” featuring special guest stars Kevin Cronin, DJ/VJ Mark Goodman, and actors Doug Davidson and Eric Martsolf is announced.
- Rick begins writing his memoir. Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) signs Rick to a book deal.
- Rick makes his first trip back to Japan in 5 years for sold out shows.
- Rick and the band head overseas for a quick tour in Europe for the first time in 25 years playing the sold out Sweden Rock Festival
with additional shows in Germany and Norway.
- “Late, Late At Night”, Rick’s autobiography, is released on October 12th, 2010. Rick begins a week long TV and radio promotional tour for the book, including appearances on Good Morning America, The View, Sirius Satellite Radio, CNN, Access Hollywood and more. www.latelateatnight.com
- Rick’s autobiography “Late, Late At Night” hits the New York Times hardcover bestseller list on Oct. 31st at #13. The book also appears on the Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list at #14.
- The 3rd “Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise” sets sail in November featuring special guest stars, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, actor Doug Davidson, DJ/VJ Mark Goodman & more.
- Rick begins re-recording a series of lullabies which he had previously written for his
very own sons back in the mid-80’s.
- Rick performs a special concert in Los Angeles to benefit “Voices Of Uganda”.
- “My Precious Little One”, an album of a collection of lullabies Rick created for his own family back when his sons were young,
is released on Mother’s Day.
- Rick guest stars as “Rick Springfield”, in a character role loosely based on himself, in four episodes of the 3rd season of the hit Showtime series “Californication”.
- The 2nd “Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise” sets sail in November featuring special guest stars Richard Marx, DJ/VJ Mark Goodman, and actors Doug Davidson & Brandon Barash.
- Rick appears on Oprah for the first time, performing 2 songs to a standing room only audience.
- Rick releases “Venus In Overdrive”, written with bassist Matt Bissonette, his first studio record since 2004’s critically acclaimed “shock/denial/anger/acceptance”. Rick continues his near non-stop touring to promote the record.
- In a media storm to promote “Venus In Overdrive”, Rick performs on Good Morning America, Regis & Kelly, Fox & Friends, The CBS Early Show and on General Hospital to promote “Venus In Overdrive” and the first single, “What’s Victoria’s Secret?”
- “Venus in Overdrive” is released in July and enters the charts at #28 on the Billboard 200, the best initial chart entering mark of his career.
- The 1st annual “Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise” sets sail from Miami to ports in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico. Fans are treated to special events, unplugged concerts, meet-n-greets, an all-request concert, beach party and more.
- The 2nd annual “Rick Springfield & Friends Cruise” is announced immediately upon completion of the inaugural cruise.
- Rick performs his newest song, “Who Killed Rock-N-Roll?” in his live set as writing begins for his next studio record.
- Rick debuts one of the songs for his forthcoming Christmas record to fans during a 5 night stand in Milwaukee, WI as well as a bit of “Take A Hand” from the “Wait For Night” album for the first time in over 30 years.
- Prior to a show in Baltimore, Rick takes time to spend with injured US military personnel at Bethesda Veterans Hospital.
- Rick returns to his native Australia for a series of shows as part of the Countdown Spectacular. The performances mark the first time he’d performed in Australia since coming to the United States in 1972.
- Rick performs on General Hospital for the first time on August 24 as his character Noah Drake “stands in” for Rick’s dual character, rocker Eli Love. Rick performs the new track, “Who Killed Rock-N-Roll?” which is simultaneously released on iTunes.
- The book, “A Year In The Life Of A Working Class Dog” is released. The book chronicles the build up, making of, and resulting hysteria surrounding the success of the album “Working Class Dog”. Extensive interviews and
an award winning design comprise this ultimate fan keepsake.
- Rick releases his first holiday album, “Christmas With You”, a record of Christmas classics, as well as the original song, “Christmas With You”. Proceeds from the original song “Christmas With You” go to the Gold Star Mothers, supporting the families of sons and daughters killed in the line of duty.
- Rick performs on the steps of the California state capital for the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
- The inaugural “Rick Springfield & Friends” fan cruise, with special guests John Waite, actor Doug Davidson, DJ/VJ Mark Goodman and actress Jackie Zeyman, nears a complete sell-out.
- Rick performs live on ABC to open the 33rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards and receives standing ovation from the live TV audience.
- Sony/BMG releases “Working Class Dog” in an Expanded Edition featuring newly remastered original tracks plus 3 bonus tracks, along with expanded liner notes including commentary from Rick.
- Rick releases the “Live In Rockford” DVD, filmed in HD during a 2005 sold-out show at the legendary Coronado Theater in Rockford, Illinois.
- A&E’s “Rick Springfield: Behind The Image” documentary on Rick’s career thus far is released on DVD worldwide.
- Rick performs to a sold-out crowd at the majestic Cornado Theater in Rockford, IL for a special high definition concert to be aired on HD-Net
(Now AXS TV) and eventual DVD release. Rick continues to record for his next release, titled, “The Day After Yesterday”.
- Rick releases the track listing for “The Day After Yesterday”, a warm and soulful record of cover songs Rick says he “wished he’d written.”
- Sony/BMG releases “Written In Rock – Anthology” a 42 track retrospective of Rick’s work to date spanning 1970 to 2005. The double-disc set, which features rare photos and extensive liner notes by culled from interviews with rock historian Ken Sharp, marks the first time Rick is personally involved with all aspects of a greatest hits collection bearing his name.
- Rick embarks on another nation tour to promote “The Day After Yesterday” with dates booked through the end of 2005. The release date for the CD is July 12th, 2005, set to coincide with appearances on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Regis & Kelly”.
- Rick releases a Limited Edition of “The Day After Yesterday”. Limited to only 2,500 copies, the 3 disc set is made available only to fans online.
- Rick returns to General Hospital, reprising the role of “Dr. Noah Drake”. The first air date was December 2, 2005 the same night Rick played to a sell-out crowd in NYC/Time Square’s new Nokia Theater. Rick also performs live on ABC TV’s “The View” on Dec 1, 2005.
- Rick releases “shock/denial/anger/acceptance” in February of 2004, on his own “Gomer Records” label (named after his dog, Gomer) with a national tour soon after.
- “shock/denial/anger/acceptance” garners critical acclaim and is felt to be Rick’s edgiest record to date. The record debuts at #8 on the Top Independent Albums chart and #22 on Top Internet Album Sales chart. To meet the high demand, the “Shock Tour” is extended into winter 2005.
- Rick’s web site at rickspringfield.com is completely revamped around the new album and the online fan-base increases 600% by the end of 2004.
- Rick hits the ground running on the heels of EFX Alive!, recording for his next release, “shock/denial/anger/acceptance”.
- Rick closes his EFX Alive! run on New Year’s Eve after nearly two years in the role.
- Rick debuts in EFX Alive! and the “The Greatest Hits ALIVE!” album is released.
- During his downtime in Las Vegas, Rick begins writing for his next studio album.
- Rick spends this year touring and promoting “Karma”. Fan interest is so high, an early,
limited run of his upcoming live disc, “The Greatest Hits ALIVE!” is released. Numerous appearances on national TV ensue, including a concert broadcast on The Today Show.
- In December of 2000, Rick announces he has signed on to star in the Las Vegas show, EFX. The MGM Grand renames the show EFX Alive! in honor of the new star, and Rick pens two original tunes for the show.
- VH1’s “Behind the Music” series profiles Rick’s career to date.
- The “Karma” album is released in April 1999 and Rick continues touring to promote the album.
Venues fill and sell out, yet disc sales flounder under the ill-fated record company, Platinum Records, which soon folds.
Unfortunately, the album does not garner the exposure it deserves nor reach it’s full potential.
- Rick begins a tour to promote the recently recorded album “Karma”, which while slated for release in 1998, ends up not being available until the following year.
- Rick performs live for the first time in several years. Friend and drummer Jack White appears again for the performance.
- “Sahara Snow”, Rick’s first collaborative work since his Zoot days in Australia, is released overseas featuring sessions recorded with longtime guitarist Tim Pierce and producer Bob Martlett. Fans hungry for new music from Rick snap up the discs and force a second pressing.
- The third and final season of “High Tide” is filmed in Santa Barbara. Rick is eager to get back to his music.
- Rick signs on as “Mick Barrett”, one of a pair of brother detectives portrayed on the syndicated series “High Tide”. He moves the family to New Zealand for filming. Season two of “High Tide” is filmed in San Diego.
- Rick signs on as “Mick Barrett”, one of a pair of brother detectives portrayed on the syndicated series “High Tide”. He moves the family to New Zealand for filming.
- After a several year break to help raise his sons, and at friend and original drummer and bandmate Jack White’s urging, Rick embarks on a short summer club tour. Fans enthusiastically greet him with open arms.
- Rick begins work on a series of TV movies for both regular and TV networks.
- Rick’s son Joshua is born.
- Rick begins work on a series of TV movies for both regular and TV networks.
- After a two-year hiatus from touring and recording, Rick releases “Rock Of Life”.
- Just prior to the scheduled tour to promote “Rock Of Life”, Rick shatters his collarbone in an ATV accident. One promotional performance on “Top of the Pops” is not enough to promote the album. Unable to hold a guitar for six months, the tour is cancelled.
- Rick performs “My Father’s Chair”, a tribute to his father, live on "American Bandstand’s 25th Anniversary
Special". It would be his last live performance for several years.
- Rick releases his fifth album in five years, “Tao”. The “Cathode Ray” tour follows.
- Rick performs at the historic Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, PA at JFK Stadium
on July 13 in front of a live audience of over 100,000 people. An estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watch the live concert broadcast.
- Rick ends the “Cathode Ray” tour in time for the birth of his first son, Liam.
- “Hard To Hold”, Rick’s first feature length film, is released in theaters.
- The “Hard to Hold” soundtrack album produces three Top 40 hits, including the #5 hit “Love Somebody”.
- Rick and Barbara Porter marry at a small ceremony at Rick’s family church in Australia in October 1984.
- As acting/touring schedules conflict Rick leaves General Hospital and releases the harder edged “Living In Oz” which becomes Rick’s third straight platinum selling album.
- Rick receives the American Music Award for “Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist”.
- “Working Class Dog” spawns three hit singles, garnering heavy radio airplay.
- Rick wins the Grammy© Award for Best Male Vocal Performance for the #1 smash-hit “Jessie’s Girl” as “Working Class Dog” goes multi-platinum.
- Rick’s next release, aptly titled, “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet” is released and also goes multi-platinum. The album again features Rick’s dog Ronnie as the focal point of the cover.
- Showtime airs the live concert broadcast “Live and Kickin'” filmed in Los Angeles.
- With release of the “Working Class Dog” album held up for release by the record company, Rick signs with General Hospital to play “Dr. Noah Drake” to help pay the bills.
- The “Working Class Dog” album is finally released by RCA on February 24.
- Rick’s father, Norman Springthorpe, passes away on April 24, 1981
- Rick signs a new contract with RCA to record “Working Class Dog”.
- Rick disagrees with record executives over their choice of cover art for “Working Class Dog”, finally winning out with his idea to have his beloved dog Ronnie (Lethal Ron) on the cover, instead of a photo of himself.
- At the suggestion of his agent, Rick takes an acting contract with Universal and appears on several hit shows: Rockford Files, Wonder Woman, Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk and more.
- Rick begins writing what will become the power-pop classic, “Working Class Dog”.
- Chelsea Records releases “Wait For Night”, which Rick recorded at the legendary Sound City studios. Session musicians include Elton John’s rhythm section of Nigel Olson and Dee Murray.
- The single "Take A Hand" begins to get airplay and break the Top 40 charts, yet the record company folds soon after.
- Rick records the “Springfield” album; breaks with managers and the record is never released.
- “Mission Magic”, an animated cartoon series on ABC, is created to showcase Rick’s music and further solidifies Rick as a pop songwriting master. Rick writes and records a new song for each episode during the series run.
- Rick signs a new record deal with Columbia and records the pop epic “Comic Book Heroes” in London, England.
- Rick moves to the United States on the wave of solo success achieved with “Speak to the Sky”.
- Rick writes and records “Speak to the Sky” as a solo artist and the song goes on to reach the Top Ten in Australia.
- Rick gains Australian celebrity status as a member of “Zoot”.
- Rick returns from Vietnam in February of this year.
- Rick becomes one of the founding members the short lived band “Wickedy Wak” along with Paul Shannon (bass, vocals) and Danny Finley (drums) from “MPD, Ltd.”, later adding a keyboardist named Ray Wight.
- The Australian band “Zoot” welcomes Rick as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter in the fall of ’69.
- “Rock House” becomes “MPD, Ltd” and is hired to play gigs in Vietnam for the troops on remote fire bases. Dodging mortars becomes a daily routine.
- Rick leaves high school and is asked by Pete Watson to join the band “Rock House”.
- Johnny and Rick form “Icy Blues”, Rick’s first foray into performing music.
- Rick’s 13th Birthday. He is given his first guitar as a gift.
- Rick meets John Kennedy, of the song “Me and Johnny” fame. They quickly becomes boy friends and remain close friends to this day.
- The Springthorpe family moves back to Australia in June 1962, where they settle in the Melbourne suburb of Ormond.
- The Springthorpe family moves to England due to Rick’s father’s military career.
- Rick becomes interested in history. Plays “gladiator” in his backyard in England.
- Richard Lewis Springthorpe is born in Merrylands, Sydney, Australia to Norman and Eileen Springthorpe.