Rick Springfield Opens Florida Tour at Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota: "Musician, soap star, movie star and author Rick Springfield brought his show to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Thursday night. He is touring with the new record “The Snake King”, which was released in January. A bluesy rock hard edged record making some political statements is not what you expect from one of 80's pop/rock favorites. Long before Justin Bieber, Springfield was a Teen Idol in his native Australia in the 70's. He came to America and found musical success and then television success on the popular daytime drama General Hospital. In the 80’s, Dr. Noah Drake and Rick Springfield were almost one in the same. Rick left the show and devoted himself primarily to his first love music.
He has continued to release new music, play sold-out shows and do some acting occasionally. He has played the Van Wezel several times over the last 10 years, he has a fan base here and this show starts off a string of dates in the south along with the 80’s Cruise which Rick is hosting. When he disembarks he and his band will be playing in Naples. April 15th through 16th, he will be back in Florida to play the Garden Concert Series at Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot and a date in Miami."