Two of the ’80s biggest hitmakers – Rick Springfield and Richard Marx – will perform in Augusta on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
But don’t go expecting the ostentatious show that the pair would have delivered during their heyday; the Bell Auditorium show will be a full set of solo acoustic performances and intimate storytelling.
“It’s really moment by moment and very open to ad lib and change which is why I enjoy the solo shows,” Springfield said in an email interview with The Augusta Chronicle.
“There’s a lot of humor in both mine and Richard’s shows, so it’s a great mix,” he wrote.
The show, part of the WBBQ 70th Birthday Bash, will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. The adult contemporary station, at 104.3 on the FM dial, plays music from both artists.
Springfield, the Australian rocker best known for hits such as Jessie’s Girl, Human Touch and Don’t Talk to Strangers, has worn many hats as an entertainer over the years.
His music catalogue consists of 17 studio albums and two live albums while his acting credits include playing Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital.
Marx, a Chicago native, has nearly a three-decade-long career and has had innumerable highlights as performer, songwriter and producer.
He’s sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut that went to No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping Hold on to the Nights and Don’t Mean Nothing. Repeat Offender was even more successful, hitting No. 1 and going quadruple-platinum on the strength of No. 1 singles such as Satisfied and Right Here Waiting.
To this day, Marx is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts.
Their performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $47.50 to $83, with “platinum” seats from $107 to $120 and “meet-and-greet” packages available at $407.
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Here are excerpts from Springfield’s interview:
AC: A portion of proceeds will benefit Children’s Hospital Of Georgia. In your life, how have you learned to stay strong and healthy during unexpected life events involving your children?
Springfield: Every situation is different and depending on the severity, being in shock is nature’s way of getting you through the initial event. Cops came to our door one morning at 2 a.m. and said our eldest son had been found half conscious and bleeding on the side of the road and he had been taken to emergency. It worked out and he recovered, but you just do what you must at the time. There is no other choice if you love someone.
AC: What’s next in the film &music industry for you? (Springfield appeared on FX’s American Horror Story: Cult as “Pastor Charles” in October.)
Springfield: “More great stuff I hope. I have really grown to get as much out of a good acting gig as a good musical one and now, it’s sometimes hard to be on the road away from home a lot so I’ve cut back on touring and am looking for more great acting work. I’ve spoken with people about upcoming projects, but there’s nothing to really mention yet as everyone keeps new work pretty close to their chests. Once it’s in the can you can talk about it.”
AC: What do you feel are the advantages of an acoustic performances and what can Augusta expect?
Springfield: “It’s really moment by moment and very open to ad lib and change which is why I enjoy the solo shows. There’s a lot of humor in both my and Richards shows so it’s a great mix. My show is kind of the arc of my life and stories about my life and career and what caused certain songs to be written.
“Also, there are a lot of personal photos up on the video wall to illustrate stuff I talk about. Our show together is a great night out and one pretty full of hits and great stories.”