In a matter of days, DFW was treated to a concert lineup that featured huge acts such as Van Halen, Coldplay, ZZ Top and One Direction, so it would have been easy to overlook 1980s heartthrob Rick Springfield at Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth. The 62 year-old, who became famous as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital in the early '80s, took the stage at 10:30 p.m. clad in a gray T-shirt with the energy of a man in his late 20s or early 30s.
He mixed favorites Affair of the Heart, I've Done Everything for You and What Kind of Fool Am I with an excellent cover of Paul McCartney & Wings' Jet. He followed with a montage of hits including Don't Walk Away, Celebrate Youth and Bop 'Til You Drop.
There were several occasions where he paused to sip on red wine given to him by an adoring fan, and those sitting near the stage were showered with rose petals from the flowers he was handed throughout the evening. During his performance of Don't Talk to Strangers , Springfield walked across the table tops in the crowd and as fans sang along. A lucky fan on Skype even joined in on the fun.
Springfield did take a moment for some self-deprecating humor when discussing his 1984 film Hard to Hold, dubbing it 'Hard to Watch.' "Seriously, did anybody like it?" he asked to a combination of applause and women screaming. That led into the biggest hit from the movie's soundtrack Love Somebody and another trek across the tables to interact with his fans during Human Touch.
As you'd expect, he brought the crowd to its feet when he closed the show with his biggest hit Jesse's Girl. An encore featuring a cover of the Beatles We Can Work it Out and his own hit Kristina was merely icing on the cake for his loyal fans.
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