Rick Springfield delivers music, fun, flirting in J.T.
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Singer Rick Springfield is surrounded by fans as he flirts with an audience member during concert Friday at Penn's peak in Jim Thorpe.
That's the only word to describe the concert delivered Friday by Rick Springfield at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.
He's 60 but behaved like he was 20, delivering one high-energy show. He remains in great physical shape, and proved it by discarding his shirt for a part of his concert and showing-off his slender shape.
His songs - hits like "Jessie's Girl" and "Love Somebody" - were delivered impeccably. He flirted with the gals in the audience - many more than half his age - and they ate it up.
Twice he left the comfort of the stage and wandered amidst the mostly female crowd, taking his remote mic with him and good-naturedly "picked" on a few of the patrons.
For example, there was an elderly woman who he approached. He told her if she didn't sing along with him, he would start taking his clothing off. He opened his shirt and discarded it.
Although Springfield's return visit to Penn's Peak was for a concert, he is also noted for his TV and movie acting roles.
On TV, he performed as Dr. Noah Drake on the hit soap opera, "General Hospital." In the movies, he was the star in the film "Hard to Hold."
He asked the audience, "Who saw the movie 'Hard to Hold?' Who thought it was the best damn movie you ever saw? Who thought it should have won an Oscar?"
With every question, the crowd screamed an affirmative response.
Audience members sang along to even his newest songs such as "What's Victoria's Secret" from the LP "Venus in Overdrive."
He sang "Celebrate Youth," "Affair of the Heart," and "Love is Alright Tonight."
At one point he called two young boys onto the stage. He knelt between the two 7-year-olds and remarked, "Girls can be monsters so us boys got to stick together." He then had them help him sing the chorus to the song "Don't Talk to Strangers."
The native Australian, who also has a Grammy to his credit, went through a set list of 17 songs, but the show was punctuated by his wit, charm, and especially his talent not only singing but guitar-playing ability.
He closed the show with "Wild Thing," a cover song from The Troggs.
On Saturday night, there was more 80s and 90s music when "Big Shot" delivered "The Ultimate Billy Joel Experience."
The schedule this week at Penn's Peak is:
• Thursday - Dave Mason, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.
• Friday - Separate Ways the Band featuring Dan Gagliano, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 advance and $20 day of show.
• Saturday - Railroad Earth, 8 p.m. Tickets $20 advance, $25 day of show.