Rick Springfield: Stripped Down

A charming CD/DVD retrospective for the polymath.

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For a man known best in the UK for the 1981 radio staple Jessie’s Girl, Rick Springfield is something of a polymath: pin-up, soap opera heartthrob (Dr Drake in General Hospital), novelist, TV actor (currently filming the second season of True Detective) and a Grammy-winning musician with 17 Top 40 hits in the US.

It’s more than enough life experience for this CD/DVD acoustic career retrospective that sees the still-chiselled Springfield running through some charming acoustic versions of the hits while sitting in the middle of his almost exclusively female audience, telling stories and delighting in their reaction to his every move.

“I love it when girls sing,” he yells as the timeless chorus of Jessie’s Girl rings out in several hundred middle-aged voices of people being transported back to their youth. I bet you do, Rick./o:p


Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.