Rick Springfield will take a break from his own solo tour this summer to co-headline a multi-city trek with old friends and fellow hitmakers Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.
Springfield, Benatar and Giraldo will launch the tour June 29 at Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater with additional dates in July including stops in Atlantic City, Kansas City and Phoenix.
Springfield tells Billboard he’s wanted to tour with Benatar ever since guitarist-producer Giraldo played on the original recording of his 1980 gem, “Jessie’s Girl.” Benatar and Giraldo tied the knot two years later in 1982.
“I always thought it would be a kick ass tour with the boy/girl thing and us both having high energy rock and roll shows,” Springfield says. “I am very excited for the dates. We both have a big catalog of familiar songs so I think the audiences will definitely get it.”
He adds, “I remember hearing ‘Heartbreaker’ on the radio around the time I was writing my first album (“Working Class Dog”) so it’s a kind of complete circle thing. And we both recorded at Sound City with Keith Olsen.”
Tickets go on sale in select markets starting today (Feb. 28). By the time the joint-headline tour starts, Springfield will have just wrapped his “Stripped Down” solo trek, which he plans to resume in the fall. His first novel, “Magnificent Vibration,” will be released in May.
June 29: Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater
July 5: Atlantic City, NJ — Revel Casino Hotel
July 6: Canandaigua, NY — CMAC
July 8: Cincinnati, OH — PNC Pavilion
July 16: Kansas City, MO — Starlight Theatre
July 17: Mulvane, KS — Kansas Arena
July 19: Phoenix, CA — Comerica Theatre
July 20: Valley Center, CA — Harrah’s Rincon (The Events Center)
July 25: Saratoga, CA — The Mountain Winery