Stories and music star in Rick Springfield's latest show

2013-11-26T00:00:00Z Stories and music star in Rick Springfield's latest showEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

Fans used to seeing and hearing pop/rock musician Rick Springfield turn up the volume during his concerts while running and dancing  throughout a massive venue would have been surprised with his show Nov. 24 in Chicago.

Rick Springfield's Stripped Down Tour landed quietly at City Winery featuring the singer performing acoustic versions of some of his hits and other tunes. He'll perform once again at City Winery on Dec. 2.

For this concert, Springfield, the former star of "General Hospital" and 1980s heartthrob, also shared stories of his life and career. The intimate atmosphere at City Winery proved the perfect setting for the show. Prior to singing each tune, Springfield prefaced each performance with an explanation of either why that song was written, who it was written for or what may have inspired a tune.

Among songs on the playlist were "Love Somebody," "An Affair of the Heart," "The Human Touch," the anthem "Jessie's Girl," a poignant and heartfelt version of "April 24, 1981/My Father's Chair," which is a song about the death of his father; a cover of Badfinger's "Baby Blue," and others.

Throughout the show, Springfield playfully admired his "Band in a Box," which is a musical arranger software program allowing a musician to record and arrange various aspects of songs, piecing various parts together to make it sound like an entire band is playing.  "It's all me," he told the audience, adding that all the background vocals, guitar sounds, and other instruments were done by him. For the most part, Springfield performed on one of many guitars brought to the stage for him to play and then every so often enlisted the "Band in the Box," encased in a red Apple computer, for some added power.

Springfield, who wrote his autobiography "Late, Late At Night: A Memoir" in 2010, told fans he's preparing to release a novel titled "Magnificent Vibration."

After the show, Springfield had a question and answer session in which fans asked about everything from what he requires in his "green room" and what he would have been if he wasn't a singer to his favorite memories of being on "General Hospital."I would have probably been in the desert digging up dinosaur bones," he said, adding he would have loved to have been an "Egyptologist."

FYI:  Rick Springfield performs at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 at City Winery, 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Tickets are $125 for V.I.P., $105 and $75. visit citywinery.com

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