Monday, November 22, 1999

Rick Springfield cheered by lusty, faithful fans




BY CHRIS VARIAS
Enquirer contributor

        The revelry at a Rick Springfield concert is something to behold, even if it's with sadistic delight.

        The ageless heartthrob — for the record, ladies, he's 50 — played to a crowd at the Taft Theatre on Friday night that was giddy enough to make a Backstreet Boys fan blush.

        It was a mainly female audience, naturally, women in their mid-20s on up who are as hot for the actor/singer today as some of them were back in the '80s when he was the prince of both the Top 40 and daytime soaps.

        “The show” began before the concert. Women jammed the fronts of two aisles leading toward the stage. Some readied cameras, others clutched gifts like flower bouquets and stuffed animals. Some raised homemade signs professing love-of-Rick, others held General Hospital publicity shots and teen magazines hoping for an autograph.

        His four-man band walked onto the stage. Women screamed. Mr. Spring field, wearing a black shirt and matching coat with brown leather pants, appeared from stage right, riffing the opening chords of “Affair of the Heart” on a spangly-red Les Paul. Women screamed, and from then on the show became a lust fest.

        They tossed bouquets at him. He picked up one in his strumming hand and did a Pete Townshend windmill, sending petals flying when the flowers hit the strings.

        As for the music, it was of the disposable pop variety, enjoyable in a mindless way. Songs he played included “Don't Talk to Strangers,” “Jes sie's Girl,” “I've Done Everything for You,” “What Kind of Fool Am I,” “Bruce,” “Human Touch,” “Love Somebody,” as well as covers of “Walk Don't Run,” “Gloria” and “All Day and All of the Night.” The latter came during an encore in which he performed shirtless and in shorts.

        He revealed more of himself earlier in the show when he threw his guitar in the air, tried to catch it by the neck but dropped it. He broke the thing and blamed it on the guitar for not being strong enough.

        That moment may be the most memorable of the concert-going year.

       



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