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Rick Springfield Plays Colonial Theatre Tonight

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Rick Springfield Plays Colonial Theatre Tonight

Pop-Rock Idol, Rick Springfield brings his Stripped Down Tour to The Colonial Theatre tonight, March 26 at 7:30pm. Rick Springfield fans will get to witness the pop-rock idol as they've never seen him before in his first-ever solo acoustic tour! In addition to playing unplugged versions of many of his memorable tunes, Springfield will share stories about the songs and his life during the performances and do a Q&A session with fans after the performance.

Tickets to Rick Springfield: Stripped Down on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30pm are on sale now for $37.50-$75. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Springfield is known for one of his most famed hits, the Grammy Award-winning #1 single "Jessie's Girl," a landmark of '80s pop-rock that helped establish the emerging music video age. His 1983 album went platinum on the strength of hits "Human Touch," "Souls," and "Affair of the Heart." That same year Springfield won the American Music Award for "Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist." Springfield is also known for his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital.

For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author and documentary subject, Rick Springfield has always insisted his first love is music, a passion he's harbored since first picking up the guitar at the age of 12 in his native Australia.

"That's why I put a lot of thought and energy into making records," Springfield says. "I'd like to continue changing people's minds about me. And I have to write about what I know about, and what's important to me. I'm still hungry."

Collaborating on the songs with his bass player Matt Bissonette, Springfield sets his sights on the possibilities of escaping the current, apocalyptic world situation in our closest relationships, employing the kind of self-effacement and ability to poke fun at himself as he demonstrated when putting his dog Lethal Ron on the cover of Working Class Dog or spoofing his image by playing a sleazy, drug-and-sex-crazed version of himself on Showtime's dark comedy Californication.

On songs like the vintage three-chord rock of "I Hate Myself" and the anthemic "Our Ship's Sinking" (with backup vocals by John Waite and Mr. Mister's Richard Page), Springfield finds the parallels in society's discontent and the heartache of domestic strife. As demonstrated in "Wide Awake," he declares: "I am free to be a kid again," and in "Joshua" he tries to provide guidance to his college graduate son nervous about the future, while "A Sign of Life" and "Gabriel" look heavenward for inspiration; the former searching for either God, space invaders or a soulmate, the latter, a guardian angel's direction. Springfield's wicked sense of humor rears its head in the tongue-in-cheek "Love Screws Me Up," with his original '80s touring band guitarist Tim Pierce contributing a searing solo opposite Springfield's slide part.


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