Rick Springfield’s Stripped Down tour comes to Reno on Dec. 4 at Silver Legacy Resort Casino. The performance includes music, storytelling and a question-and-answer session with the audience.
It’s been three decades since Springfield scored a No. 1 hit with his catchy anthem of unrequited love, “Jessie’s Girl.” Unlike the architects of many ’80s hits, he has not slipped quietly into the “Where are they now?” files.
He’s continued to release albums, including “Songs For the End of the World” in 2012 and an acoustic version in 2013. In recent years, he reprised his fame-cementing turn as Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama “General Hospital.” In 2010, he released his autobiography “Late, Late at Night.” he made a debut as a novelist with “Magnificent Vibration” in 2014. This year, he starred in the movie “Ricki and the Flash.”
Whatever new feats he achieves, though, Springfield is aware his die-hard fans still want to sing along with classic hits like “Love Somebody,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” “Human Touch” and “I’ve Done Everything for You.”
Rather than rebel, the musician, whose long-lasting relationship with fans was chronicled in the 2012 documentary “An Affair of the Heart,” simply delivers.
“I have a very muscular band,” he said. “We play everything full-on, so it all melds really well. The new stuff I do, like ‘Our Ship’s Sinking’ goes over great. I throw in all the hits, too — sometimes I’ll do a medley.”
That continuity can be attributed to the fact that Springfield’s latest songs, while arguably harder-rocking than some of his previous efforts, are as hook-heavy as ever.
“I’m big on hooks,” he said. “They don’t seem to be that important anymore, but I still love them. It will always be a big part of the way I write. It’s how I was raised: It had to be in the hook. If it wasn’t in the hook, it didn’t matter.”