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Springfield ready to rock the Egyptian

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 10:30 a.m. CDT

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DeKALB – Rick Springfield has performed in DeKalb before, but he doesn’t remember when.

Maybe the short-term memory loss can be blamed on the fact that, at 64, the Grammy Award-winning musician still plays more than 80 gigs a year.

Springfield will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb. The concert is his only one in the Chicagoland area before his first-ever solo tour, “Stripped Down,” in November.

While on his way to a concert in Mississippi, Springfield chatted with Shaw Media reporter Andrea Azzo about his upcoming performance.

Andrea Azzo: When was the last time you had a break from performing?

Rick Springfield: We go on for a couple of days and go home. It’s actually a cool way to do it. It gives me time to write my novel.

AA: Why did you want to write a fiction novel?

RS: I wrote my autobiography, and my publisher liked my writing voice, so she encouraged me to write. I’m a writer anyway. I just channeled it to singing when I was a kid.

AA: Since you’re older, do you find yourself getting tired more quickly than in years past?

RS: [Laughs] No, I think I have more energy. A lot of it is from eating well.

AA: You’ll be in DeKalb in a few days. How do concerts in smaller communities compare to those in big cities like Chicago? Is there a different vibe?

RS: I like to connect with the audience. It doesn’t change from venue to venue. Connecting with people is the most fun I have. Certainly, with the bigger venues, there’s more energy, but we still approach it with our same energy.

AA: Do you think you’ll have time to visit some of the local businesses? What do you usually do when you’re in town for a concert?

RS: The only local business I go to is the local gym. That’s about all we have got time for, or maybe a nice restaurant. [Concerts are] a full day thing. It’s not just walk in and go on stage for two hours. It’s a big set up. We don’t have much extra time.

AA: Do you know anything about the Egyptian Theatre?

RS: I know it’s called the Egyptian Theatre.

AA: Well, it was built in the 1920’s, and it doesn’t have air conditioning yet. How do you think you’ll fare?

RS: Uh oh. Our shows are pretty hot and sweaty, so that’s that not a good sign… But I don’t mind. I don’t really care about that. We’ve performed outside in the heat plenty of times.

AA: Why do you insist on staying so busy at an age where most people settle down for retirement?

RS: I think people retire from jobs they don’t like. I love what I do. I’m expanding stuff, writing more stuff. It’s what I love to do. I’m not one of those guys who will sit and relax on a beach. I love working, and I don’t really look at it as work. I think when you do, that’s when you should retire. I’m lucky I get to do what I love to do. I’m pretty fortunate.

Tickets are still available for the Springfield concert. Reserved tickets range in price from $49.50 to $74.50. For more information, visit www.egyptiantheatre.org.

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