Rocket Science

Fri
01
Jul

RICK SPRINGFIELD Honors Beloved Guitar Tech Ruben Velasco

Friday, February 19, 2016
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EXCLUSIVE PACKAGE OFFERED ON RICKS SPRINGFIELD'S SUMMER TOUR
PROCEEDS TO BE DONATED TO RUBENS FAVORITE CHARITY: FUR & FEATHER ANIMAL SANCTUARY, 501c3
 
HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 30, 2016) - On Rick Springfield's Summer 2016 tour, noticeably absent from the show will be his guitar technician Ruben Velasco, one of the beloved members of Rick's crew who recently died of cancer. To honor his friend's life and to donate to his legacy fund, Rick is offering fans a chance to step in for his friend and watch the show from the stage as an 'honorary' guitar tech for the show.
 
Ruben Velasco was not only an amazing guitar technician, he was a huge lover of cats. Having three of his own, he would visit the sanctuary as much as he could to spend time with the special needs kitties.  Many of these cats have cancer, leukemia, Cerebellar Hypoplasia (cerebral palsy for humans), blind, deaf and other chronic illness that had put them at high risk to be euthanized at the county shelters. Fur & Feather Animals Sanctuary is a No-kill 'forever home, forever life' sanctuary. The sanctuary specializes in special needs cats giving them second chances to live up to their full potential, no matter how short or long they have to live. Ruben spent numerous occasions visiting, playing, and helping, giving these handicap cats lots of love and attention. With Rubens passing, Rick Springfield and the Sanctuary are creating a legacy for Ruben so his love for cats and music can live on!
 
'We are honored to have had Ruben as our supporter all these years, as well as contributing to his legacy with Rick Springfield,' states Sarah Richards, Vice Chairman of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary. 'With the help of Rick's generosity, Rubens Aunt, Uncle, cousins and a few best friends we are going to unveil a wonderful tribute to this man's life before the end of the year. We are also working with the family and friends to create a forever program in his name. Ruben Velasco is one of a kind and we will miss him dearly.'
 
PACKAGE DETAILS:
In this exclusive experience, join Rick's crew during sound check and stay for the rest of the show. Outfitted in an official backstage pass and a 'Rock for Ruben' baseball cap, you're welcome to assist in setting up Rick's guitars, if you'd like. You can even hand him his guitar between songs to the cheers of the audience. For helping to remember Ruben, Rick will show his gratitude by presenting you with a personally autographed guitar. He'll also take photos with you and sign autographs. This unique experience will be available at 28 stops on Rick's cross-country tour this summer.
 
DATES STILL AVAILABLE:
July 08            Phoenix, AZ                           Comerica Theatre
July 12            Saratoga, CA                        Montalvo Arts Center
July 17            Valley Center, CA                Harrah's Resort
July 24            Cleveland Heights, OH        Cain Park ' Evans Amphitheatre
July 27            Interlochen, MI                      Interlochen Center for the Arts
July 28            Ottumwa, IA                          Bridge View Center
Aug 05            Binghamton, NY                    Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally

PURCHASE THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME PACKAGE HERE: https://goo.gl/32hl3p

Get your package now! This will SELL OUT! For more information on Rick Springfield and Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary click to www.rickspringfield.com, www.facebook.com/rickspringfield, www.furfeather.org and www.facebook.com/furfeather

 
 
Thu
11
Feb

RICK SPRINGFIELD - Rocket Science (Review)

information persons: 
content: 
100%
Produced By: 
Rick Springfield & Matt Bissonette
Running Time: 
45
Release Date: 
February 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Pop / Rock / Country
Label: 
Frontiers
Friday, February 19, 2016
Categories: 
 
Rick Springfield has never made the same album twice. Take a look back through his career, even as far back as his 1971 debut Beginnings, he has changed his sound continually along the way. There have been albums with a similar musical theme running through them, but never two records quite the same.
 
In recent years Rick has been more eclectic than ever. From the various sessions that formed the melodic introspect of Karma; to the straight up aggression and angst of Shock Denial Anger Acceptance; to the modern rock theme of the uptempo and personal Venus In Overdrive and Songs For The End Of The World albums – there’s always something new to digest.
In the same way that Karma followed the Sahara Snow compilation; Rick follows last year’s Stripped release with his brand new 18th studio album.
 
Rick continues his career renaissance with Rocket Science, an album that for me completes the trilogy of releases co-written with bassist Matt Bissonette. It really does continue the sound and style encompassed in Venus and Songs, albeit with a completely new twist.
A country twist.
 
That word frightens some, but it shouldn’t. Any long time Rick fan will already be comfortable with the notion as it has appeared as a musical influence before in the 70s, again in the 80s (What Kind Of Fool Am I) and even in the 90s with Karma (a very similar acoustic base used on several tracks).
And anyone that enjoyed the utterly brilliant Songs or Venus albums will find instant familiarity in Rocket Science, as the same pop base has been used with the songwriting. Essentially those two records are modern pop albums with heavier guitars.
Rocket Science is the exact same premise, just with a lighter, breezier feel and heavier emphasis on country influences.
 
It threw me at first, it really did. But after 3 or 4 listens it just sounded like Rick. Like it was something he’s been doing all along.
In fact it is a joy to hear Rick and Matt’s songs over the bed of instrumentation here, which includes the banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, fiddle and violin.
 
Rocket Science features some of the most unbelievably catchy songs of Rick’s career. It’s quite simply one hook after another from start to finish. The dressing may be different, but the main course is hit songs.
 
And the production and especially the mix on this album is sensational. It’s no easy feat to balance the many layers a Rick Springfield album always offers into a listenable package, but to go and add so many new instruments and make them all audible within the songs is, frankly, astonishing. Credit there goes to Nashville pro Justin Niebank, who Rick brought in for his expertise in working with the acoustic instruments.
 
The other immediately obvious aspect of the new album is the lyrical and music positivity. In Rick’s own words, he thought it time to stop ‘pissing and moaning’, which I think is an apt description of what this album doesn’t do. It really is so damn positive and the songs really give off that ‘up’ vibe. Some of the songs on here are simply some of the catchiest, happiest songs of Rick’s career.
And awesome to see longtime associates Tim Pierce and Jeff Silverman amongst the album credits.
 
Track by Track:
 
Light This Party Up is exactly what it sounds like – a concert anthem that’s just begging to be played loud. The title sounds country and the song is indeed that – but one of the more hard rocking country tracks I’ve heard and the steel guitar is turned to 11. It rocks along at a terrific pace and is the album’s most obviously simplistic lyric.
 
Down on the other hand is a wonderful complex, feel good lyric that for me has the exact same impact as track 2 on both Venus (I’ll Miss That Someday) and Songs (Our Ship’s Sinking). An uptempo anthem that has a lot of instrumentation going on under the vocal (as do all tracks), with the acoustic instruments overridden by electric ones in this instance. Another Rick classic.
 
That One is one of the stronger country themed tracks here, but it also features some modern production effects and something that Rick hasn’t done, that is, change his vocal delivery. So this is basically a Karma style mid-tempo modern pop song that is utterly addictive.
The chorus is impossible not to like and the lyrics are again personal and encouraging. The twang of steel guitar becomes less noticeable and sinks in as part of Rick’s natural sound.
 
The Best Damn Thing is another wonderful lyric wrapped in a feel good uptempo pop/country/rocker with another unforgettable singalong chorus.
Rick’s regular guitar sound mixes with mandolins and slide guitar seamlessly and while it’s one of the most obvious country tunes here, the fast moving tempo and catchiness is impossible to deny. It’s now one of my very favourites. Can you hear the reference to What Kind Of Fool Am I?
 
There’s always a left turn within a Rick album and there’s a few on this album. Miss Mayhem is one and the most stark. Starting with a banjo riff (yes!) over a swapy vocal, it then turns heavy with a bluesy hard driving riff and a chorus not like any other on the album. A good dose of guitar for those who might be craving such. A late-song vocal bridge is not unlike something from Sahara Snow.
 
Pay It Forward is pop perfection. Unbelievably catchy and driven by steel guitar, banjos and violins, the country themed pop rocker is brilliant. Impossible not to sing along to, this tune could be on pop or country radio alongside any modern artist. It reminds me heavily of The Hooters when they take on that Celtic sound so well.
 
Found is about as country as it gets. The acoustic based ballad is backed with every kind of Nashville instrument and overtone, with fiddle and violins at the forefront. But the vocal is so honest and pure; plus there’s another impossibly catchy hook. The song is every bit as essential as any other track here. It’s not a slow ballad by at stretch and features a full rounded chorus.
 
Crowded Solitude is another track that’s driven by country instruments and soul. More inspiring lyrics and a singalong barn dance style chorus makes for yet another very catchy track, even if it might be quite removed from what fans of a rockier Rick Springfield might wish for. For those that have liked the album so far, there’s no dip in quality here.
 
Let Me In is the re-recording of a bonus track from the last album. Another great example of how the style from Songs bleeds into Rock Science. This song is perfect for the format in play here. Rick’s vocal is warmer and richer and the added country influences make this another sure fire hit single given half the chance.
 
We talk about left turns on Rick albums all the time. All Hands On Deck is not only a left turn, it’s a complete U-turn from the middle lane on a crowded freeway.
This is simple extraordinary song and one of Rick’s fastest moving and catchiest songs ever. It is unlike anything he has ever recorded before.
Starting with a slow steel guitar intro and vocal, the song explodes into this crazy Celtic stomp that reminds me of an 18th Century sea shanty. It’s The Hooters meets Captain Pugwash with a gallon of rum thrown in. Brilliant.
 
We Connect is a song that will sound much more familiar to Rick fans. This is almost free of any country instrumentation. Rather it is a darker, heavier and moodier song that sounds like it could easily have come straight from Songs For The End Of The World. It’s another very fine addition to the folder of Rick angst songs and I’m sure will be a favourite for many. Wonderful haunting lyrics too.
 
(I Wish I Has A) Concrete Heart takes things back on message with a breezy acoustic driven pop/rock song with some modern production loops and personal lyrics. The chorus bursts to life with another instantly likeable hook. It’s just another brilliant song that follows a string of other brilliant songs.
 
Earth To Angel is the perfect way to close this amazing album. A breezy pop/country song with a more rocking chorus (catchy as always) that combines the influences of this album in a feel good song that again reminds me of The Hooters.
 
Unfortunately the only bonus track of the several listed available that I can comment on is the one with the Japanese version of the album. Jessie’s Girl (2016) is nothing like what I anticipated. It’s a complete reimagining of the song, with new bridge harmonies and a completely new musical bed that brings the song into a darker, modern realm, with increased programming and a huge new hook to really invigorate this old classic.
Makes me wonder what Rick could do with some of his other 80s classics. Next album perhaps?

And after 45 minutes (49 with the bonus track) the ride is over. It may be a hayride, but it’s a hayride with electric guitars, modern rock production, a million dollar mix and 13 of the catchiest songs you’ll hear from any one artist on one album.
 
I know what some will be thinking. If this is such a great album, surely I would be leaning towards other modern country artists to listen to. But no… It’s not the country style of this record that makes it great – it’s Rick’s lyrics, his vocal nuances and the mix of his recent style with something new. It all comes together to make a catchy as hell album whose songs would work in any style.
 
I can’t understate the brilliance of these songs. The style might not suit everyone, but I have to think that this could be the best produced album of Rick’s career. Everything is just packed in so brilliantly, with all instruments clearly audible and Rick’s vocal performance is one of a 30 year old.
 
The country influences might turn some away, but they will be the folks missing out. I hadn’t planned a perfect score, but over the last 8 weeks I haven’t stopped playing this. Just brilliant.
 
Score: 
100
 
Wed
03
Feb

RICK SPRINGFIELD Premiere's New Song 'Miss Mayhem'

Friday, February 19, 2016
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"Tad Kubler is an Indie artist and he has a band called The Hold Steady, which is very popular with the kids. He lives in Brooklyn and has guitars, recording equipment, and a desire to write with me, so off I go to Brooklyn, harboring unrealistic dreams of maybe becoming a respected and legitimate Indie artist. Writing with someone new is always a scary and potentially embarrassing proposition. (Case in point: the Todd Rundgren story I tell in my Stripped Down Solo Show. BUT I LOVE Todd. So it’s all good!)
"Anyway, we hook up (Tad, not Todd, and I) and go at it.  I’ve never met Tad before, and it’s a weird thing getting together with a stranger and proceeding to try to create a little magic and wizardry in the nebulous arena of songwriting. It’s all so hit-and-miss—the creative writing thing. No writer really understands where the music comes from (unless it's subconscious plagiarism of an old Beatles or Rolling Stones tune.) You just pick up an instrument, face each other and hope for the best.
 
"Well fortunately for both Tad and me, Tad came up with a cool guitar line that I put some chords behind, we recorded it and I left Brooklyn with some potential Indie credibility and a good riff that eventually found its way into the chorus of a song Matt Bissonette and I wrote called 'Miss Mayhem' (*Actually, not an Indie-sounding song in the slightest.)

"'Mayhem' was going to be the original title of this album/CD/free-download. (But if you download it for free you won’t be able to read all these stunning literary gems. Wait, but if you did download it for free you wouldn’t know you were missing them so that kind of negates the whole ‘Ha ha, you suck for stealing my music’ thing. Okay, never mind.) Anyway, I thought the title 'Mayhem' made the album sound like it might be by some thrash metal band instead of a one-dimensional pop star/soap opera geek. And I do so prize my one-dimensional pop star/soap opera geek status.
 
"So, 'Miss Mayhem.' Yes we have all met her/him at some point in our romantic past. A burning hot, amazing-in-bed, beautiful/handsome, f**king whack-job!! Aren’t they the BEST!!! I brought my Dobro guitar (an old bluesy instrument) to Matt's house one day and started playing this riff and Matt yelled, 'Yes, yes, keep playing that!' And before I could say 'Keep playing what?' we had a song.  And we called her 'Miss Mayhem.' Enjoy. It has occasional elements of an Indie/thrash metal tune."
 

 
 
Fri
11
Dec

RICK SPRINGFIELD Announces Full 'Rocket Science' Details

Friday, February 19, 2016
Categories: 
 
GRAMMY' WINNER, ACTOR, BEST SELLING AUTHOR RICK SPRINGFIELD
TO RELEASE 18TH STUDIO ALBUM
ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL ON FEBRUARY 19, 2016
 
 
FIRST SINGLE, 'LIGHT THIS PARTY UP', OUT NOW
 
Rick Springfield is bringing new music to his fans with a brand new studio album, Rocket Science. Springfield's 18th studio album will be released globally on Frontiers Music Srl on February 19th. Yesterday, December 9, USA Today hosted the world premiere of the first song from the album, 'Light This Party Up'. The song can be enjoyed here:
 
 
The album is available for pre-order now via Amazon.com (CD & MP3) here: http://radi.al/RickSpringfieldAmazon and Apple Music/iTunes here: http://radi.al/RickSpringfieldiTunes All MP3 pre-orders include an instant download of  'Light This Party Up'.
 
With 25 million records sold, Rick Springfield has withstood the test of time far better than most critics would ever have imagined, performing nearly 100 concerts around the world every year.  He has written and performed some of the best-crafted power pop anthems of the past 40 years, including 17 U.S. top 40 hits; among them, 'Don't Talk to Strangers', 'An Affair of the Heart', 'I've Done Everything for You', 'Love Somebody', and 'Human Touch', as well as the 1981 Grammy' Best Male Rock Vocal winning No. 1 single, 'Jessie's Girl'. Springfield has even more to say on his latest release, Rocket Science.
 
The new album features classic Springfield compositions like the crowd pumping 'Light This Party Up', the sensitive ballad 'Let Me In', the anthemic 'All Hands On Deck,' and the blues infused rocker 'Miss Mayhem', on which he collaborated with indie artist Tad Kubler of the band The Hold Steady. Rick also wrote 'Down' 'in the middle of an ice storm on a stranded tour bus'with Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus.
 
Springfield says 'Rocket Science is my 18th studio album. It swears a bit and doesn't respect authority, but it does look after its invalid mother. It has some of the country elements I love, but as much as I understand we should all be sucking up to Nashville, it's still a wide ranging pop/rock record. I hope you dig it!'
 
Frontiers Music Srl President Serafino Perugino states 'Rocket Science is the fourth album that Frontiers is releasing with Rick Springfield, the first one that also involves the US territory. It's always been a pleasure to be at Rick's service, he's a true musical legend and his albums are always top notch. Rocket Science is no exception, and once again this will be a true delight for all his fans, myself included!'
 
Rocket Science is a pop/country blend fused with Springfield's signature songwriting and performance style, and features much of Springfield's touring band joined by some guest players. The album was mixed by veteran Justin Niebank, who gave the project it's tight feel. Other featured players include iconic guitarist and longtime Springfield collaborator Tim Pierce, plus songwriting partner and album co-producer, Elton John bass player Matt Bissonette.
 
In addition to collaborating and starring in the Dave Grohl documentary 'Sound City' and penning two New York Times best selling books, Springfield played opposite Academy Award' winner Meryl Streep in Jonathan Demme's 'Ricki & The Flash', plus a multi episode arc in the HBO series 'True Detective'. He also appears opposite Orange Is The New Black's Pablo Schreiber and actress Sosie Bacon in the forthcoming film, 'Traces'. 
 
Pre-orders for Rocket Science are available now on Apple Music/iTunes and Amazon.com. Those who pre-order the MP3 version of 'Rocket Science'' will instantly receive the first single, 'Light This Party Up', with additional tracks made available in the forthcoming weeks prior to release. As an added feature, digital versions of the album will feature a bonus track, 'Beautiful Inside'.
 
Rick Springfield: Rocket Science
 
01. Light This Party Up
02. Down
03. That One
04. The Best Damn Thing
05. Miss Mayhem
06. Pay It Forward
07. Found
08. Crowded Solitude
09. Let Me In
10. All Hands On Deck
11. We Connect
12. (I Wish I Has A) Concrete Heart
13. Earth To Angel
14.  Beautiful Inside (Digital Bonus Track)
 
Pre-order your copy of Rocket Science:
 
 
Wed
02
Dec

RICK SPRINGFIELD Delivers Songwriting Masterclass with 'Rocket Science'

Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
“On an island made of sand
In a sea of our frustrations
We rebuild the same wasteland
And its dark effect
Touch our lips to bloodstained hands
And we pray for our salvation
As we dream of promised lands
Where we connect…”
 
~ We Connect
 
Extraordinary…
 
He’s done it again folks, he’s done it again!
 
Another masterpiece is set for delivery February 19. Take a bow RICK SPRINGFIELD.
 
Rock Science is another crazy ride for long time fans of Rick’s. This is filled with some of the catchiest tunes of his career and has the energy of a 19 year old just breaking into the business.
 
Once again Rick delves deep to deliver some brilliant lyrics, but all in all, this is a pretty happy record. And there are some quite extraordinary songs featured here.
In fact, there’s one tune that just might be the most infectiously happy song ever recorded in the history of the world.
 
This is Rick as you’ve never heard before! This is going to throw some fans completely off balance. First listen I was shocked. Second I was uncertain. Third I was hooked. And from there is just gets better and better as these songs cling to your brain like a new born koala grips its mother’s back. I’m 2 weeks in and can’t stop playing this, just as was the case with Venus In Overdrive and Songs For…
 
The production and mix is simply perfect, as is the flow of the album and the contagious uptempo ride fans are about to go on.
 
So just what has Rick done this time?
 
Rick has taken the sonic template of Songs For The End Of The World, the same modern melodic rock songwriting style and production quality, the same band and added violins, fiddles, banjos, mandolins, steel guitar and harmonica to create something extraordinary.
 
Yes, he’s gone Nashville, but this is still 100% Rick Springfield. It’s Songs For The End Of The World meets Keith Urban. But don’t let that paint the full picture of this album. Far from it.
 
At the end of the day though, it’s the songs. This is genius stuff folks. I hope the change in direction is not any hindrance to discovering just how good these songs are, the amazing vocals and just how damn good this record sounds.

 

 
Sun
23
Aug

RICK SPRINGFIELD Titles New Album 'Rocket Science' & Plays New Song 'Down'

Release Year: 
2016
RELEASE MONTH: 
01
Friday, January 1, 2016
Categories: 
 
RICK SPRINGFIELD has debut a new song 'Down' at this weekend's appearance in Hershey, PA.
 
He has announced the new studio album will be called 'Rocket Science' and is to be released in January, 2016.
 
Check out the new song in the clip.
 

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