Rick Springfield rocked a benefit concert for Brighton Hall School at The Canyon Club, on Mar. 2. The Stars of Tomorrow was the opening act.
George Bernhardt is the lead guitarist, Derek Hilland is the keyboardist and guitarist, Matt Bissonette is the bassist, Rodger Carter is the drummer and they accompanied Rick Springfield.
Before Springfield walked on stage, the stage lights dimmed and an instrumental was heard. Everyone walked on stage and began their set with “Wide Awake”, as the crowd erupted with cheers.
As Springfield continued on with, “I’ve Done Everything For You”, he grabbed a hold of several bouquets of flowers. With them he struck the strings of his guitar, throughout the recital. Petals launched into the air and onto the crowd, as he maintained his grasp on the stems. He did the same for “Love Somebody”.
Springfield brought out Hilland’s son onto the stage with the band, for “The Man That Never Was”. As he observed him, he told the viewers the young guitarist was more of a Green Day fan and how he had the look of a Rock star. Referring to the song, he mentioned how it could be heard on the soundtrack to the documentary, “Sound City”. He mentioned the many musicians whom recorded their albums there.
During “Human Touch”, Springfield used the aligned tables as his catwalk. As he walked down, he noticed a vinyl record of one of his albums. As he sang—he held up the record the audience member gave him and autographed it. Before the song came to end, he made his way back onto the stage. He used the tables as catwalks again for “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and had random spectators sing into another microphone.
For “You & Me” and “My Father’s Chair”, Springfield performed solos and played the acoustic guitar. Before “You & Me”, he played the opening chords to “Jessie’s Girl” and stopped. Afterwards, he spoke of the story behind “My Father’s Chair”. He said it took him three years to pull himself together and write the song, in honor of his father.
“Jessie’s Girl” was the last song, before the encore. Springfield ended his set with “All My Loving” and “Kristina”.
“I Get Excited”, a cover of Paul McCartney & Wing’s “Jet”, “Our Ship’s Sinking”, “Affair of the Heart”, “I Hate Myself” and “Love Is Alright Tonite” were also part of Rick Springfield’s set.