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Rick Springfield will heat-up Penn's Peak, Fri.

  • Special to the TIMES NEWS Singer and actor Rick Springfield will be performing Saturday night at Penn's Peak.
    Special to the TIMES NEWS Singer and actor Rick Springfield will be performing Saturday night at Penn's Peak.
Published February 25. 2010 05:00PM

When you read this, there probably will be blizzard-like conditions raging outdoors.

On Friday night, things are sure to heat up at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Performing will be Rick Springfield, with showtime set for 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door. Prices are $42 and $37.

It's one of two nights when rock 'n roll music pulsates through the spacious Carbon auditorium.

On Saturday night, the featured artist is Big Shot, which is billed as "the ultimate Billy Joel tribute band." Tickets for the Saturday performance are $22 at the door.

Springfield has had hit songs, starred on a long-running network soap opera, and was the star in a major movie, "Hard to Hold," which co-starred Janet Eilber.

Among the hit songs are "Jessie's Girl" and "Love Somebody."

In 2008, the Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter released the album Venus In Overdrive. The album was Springsteen's first full-length studio work since 2003.

In 1981 after years of struggle, Springfield found himself sitting on top of the world. In the midst of recording what would become the quintessential pop/rock album Working Class Dog, Rick was cast to the play the young, eligible Dr. Noah Drake on the popular daytime drama "General Hospital."

That same year, MTV debuted and changed the dynamic of the music industry forever. Rick skyrocketed to the top of Billboard's charts with "Jessie's Girl" and "I've Done Everything For You,". The following year, he won a Grammy for "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance."

In 1982, Rick followed the success of Working Class Dog with Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. The album contained a string of top-40 hits, including "Don't Talk To Strangers" which charted at #2. He was also nominated for a second Grammy and in 1983 was nominated for a third, in addition to garnering an American Music Award.

His 1983 album Living in Oz went platinum, resulting in the hits "Human Touch" and "Affair of the Heart."

The following year, his single "Love Somebody" from the soundtrack album to the movie "Hard to Hold" (in which Rick made his big screen debut) hit number five on the Billboard singles chart. Rick Springfield had solidified his place as the preeminent power-pop artist of the decade and today remains the genre's greatest pioneer.

In 2003 Rick propelled his career onward, by releasing the critically acclaimed album, shock/denial/anger/acceptance on his own record label, Gomer Records. Rick hit the ground running in 2005 by releasing The Day After Yesterday, a warm and soulful collection featuring his own interpretations of hit songs that he wishes he had written.

Rick ended 2005 with his long anticipated return to ABC's daytime hit show, "General Hospital," in the role he originated nearly 25 years ago as Dr. Noah Drake. He continues to make appearances on "General Hospital" as Dr. Noah Drake.

To date, Rick Springfield has sold over 19 million records with a whopping 17 top-40 hits. He has performed for millions of devoted fans over the last three decades and continues to play over 100 shows a year. Attracting new fans wherever he goes with his unique brand of audience interaction, unstoppable energy, and unforgettable songs that have become part of the soundtrack to people's lives.

Big Shot is committed to performing the most accurate reproduction of Billy Joel's repertoire of hits.

Their playing is so much like Billy Joel's you will feel like you are experiencing a true Billy Joel Concert.

Big Shot performs all of Billy Joel's greatest hits and even some of the lesser known tunes that only a true die-hard would know and appreciate.

The band is fronted by the amazing vocals of singer/songwriter and multi-talented, Michael DelGuidice. Michael is a well known and respected Long Island Musician with the innate ability to capture the essence, heart, and soul of Billy's music.

Big Shot plays Joel's hit songs in a tribute so spot-on that Billy Joel himself said "They had a hard time convincing me that it wasn't me."

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