October 19, 2009                                                                                                        


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Start Your New Years Celebration at Seminole Hard Rock

Rick Springfield & Band


Still rockin’ and lookin’ good, musician and actor Rick Springfield

will be in town for one concert only on Dec. 30 at this intimate venue


TAMPA, Fla. – Musician, singer, songwriter and actor Rick Springfield and his band will perform on Dec. 30 in a state-of-the- art event tent at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa. Tickets are $55 for reserved seating; $40 general admission, available at the Hard Rock Store and all Ticketmaster outlets starting Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. Must be18 years and older. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show at 8 p.m. Parking, as always, is free.


Best known for his 1981 Grammy award-winning single, “Jessie’s Girl” on the classic album, Working Class Dog, and his role as Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, Springfield has amassed an impressive music collection of almost 20 albums over the years.


The still-handsome Australian-born rocker’s most recent album, Venus In Overdrive, came out last year on New Door Records/UMe. It’s his first full-length new studio work of original material since the 2003 critically-acclaimed shock/denial/anger/acceptance album, and marks a return to his pop/rock roots. As for acting, he recently played a twisted version of himself on four episodes of Showtime’s hit series, Californication.


His current band includes longtime bass player and collaborator on Venus In Overdrive, Matt Bissonette, keyboard player, Derek Hilland, guitarist George Bernhardt, and drummer Rodger Carter.


The first single from Venus In Overdrive is “What’s Victoria’s Secret?”  Says Springfield: “It’s one of those titles that was waiting to be written and Matt just came up with it first. It’s about the sexualization of women and the dichotomy most men feel.  As males we want that on one hand, but then it scares the hell out of us and we resist it.  Mainly, we need to connect with women as human beings.”  He also notes that there are some familiar influences in the song.  “The longing, lust, and insecurities revealed that made “Jessie’s Girl” hit so close to home are there.  It’s not ‘Jessie’s Girl,’ but it touches some of the same places lyrically and musically.”


Two other songs on the record, “Saint Sahara” and “God Blinked” pay tribute to Sahara Aldridge, a young girl who frequently attended Rick’s shows and who recently lost her battle with cancer.  The whole band had come to love her as a member of their extended family and felt a great loss with her passing. But the songs are a celebration of her life and recognition of the people she affected in the world, making good on a promise to give her a song she could dance to.


About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Fla. is Florida’s ultimate entertainment destination with 178,000 square feet of non-stop gaming action casino featuring Blackjack, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Asia Poker, 3 Card Poker, Let it Ride Poker, Texas Hold ‘Em Bonus and Mini Baccarat now in play along with 3,300 of the most popular slot machines plus Florida’s largest and smoke-free poker room, with 50 live action tables dedicated to Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi-Lo and Seven Card Stud.  For the fourth year in a row, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has awarded this 250-luxury room hotel its prestigious Four Diamond rating.  Enjoy a variety of critically-acclaimed restaurants and bars, including Tampa’s premier steak house Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and Fresh Harvest for a seven live-action kitchen dining experience. Garage parking is free and valet parking is also available. Authentic Native American arts and crafts store Rainmaker now open! The hotel & casino is located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, between I-75 and I-275, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa.  For more information, call 813-627-ROCK (7625), 1-800-937-0010 or visit




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