Rick Springfield and Gunnar Nelson perform in Montgomery

Rick Springfield in concert - Photo by Marc Parker
Rick Springfield in concert - Photo by Marc Parker

Montgomery, AL – Rock-icon Rick Springfield shook the rafters of the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre Saturday night with an explosive high-energy concert that had both men and women dancing and singing in the aisles.

The Australian-born Springfield has performed for millions of fans over the last three decades and he entertained hundreds at the MPAC with hits like “Jessie’s Girl,” “I’ve Done Everything for You,” and “Human Touch,” and songs from his 2008 CD, “Venus in Overdrive.”

The 60-year-old singer/songwriter also mentioned his recurring role on the Showtime hit, Californication, and the fact that he exposes his fully-nude backside.

“What was that movie I was in a long time ago?” he asked the audience. “Oh yeah, Hard to Hold … I showed my butt in that one and now 25 years later in Californication I’m still showing my butt!”

Rick Springfield in concert - Photo by Marc Parker
Rick Springfield in concert - Photo by Marc Parker

Springfield literally brought down the house when he jumped off the stage and body surfed from one side of the auditorium to the other.

During the encore to end the night’s performance, the sex symbol emerged wearing only his trousers, much to the delight of his female fans.

Opening for Springfield was international multi-platinum artist Gunnar Nelson, son of Rick Nelson, and grandson of entertainment legends Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. He is one-half of the duo Nelson (with brother Matthew), but this was his first time performing acoustically as a solo act.

Nelson’s repertoire included “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection,” “After the Rain,” “Just Once More” (a tribute song for his father), Rick Nelson’s hits “Travelin’ Man,” and “Garden Party.”

The talented musician and vocalist told of an occasion where his father was booed off the stage at Madison Square Garden, seemingly because he was playing something different than the 1950s-era rock that he had preiously been successful with.

Gunnar Nelson in concert - Photo by Marc Parker
Gunnar Nelson in concert - Photo by Marc Parker

From that day on, Nelson said, there were two lines in the 1972 hit “Garden Party” that became his dad’s slogan for life.

“But it’s all right now, I learned my lesson well. You see, you can’t please everyone so you got to please yourself.”

Nelson headed back to his home in Nashville after Saturday’s concert where he is working on a new CD.

Springfield will be hosting the 2nd annual Rick Springfield & Friends Sun Dazed & Star Filled Nights Cruise November 12-16 and will be continuing his North American tour.

Article by Melissa Parker

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3 thoughts on “Rick Springfield and Gunnar Nelson perform in Montgomery”

  1. Two terrific talents, 2 marvelous musicians, 2 great guitar guys – wish I’d been there but thanks for the recap. Rick keeps producing new music and is handsome as ever at 60! Gunnar Nelson plays beautiful acoustic guitar. Both men thrill audiences (creating new fans everytime) with their older better known music as well as their newer stuff which keeps on getting better! Hope they both come to a venue near me. Sounds like a sharp shooting show!

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