Stage Fright Caused A Young Rick Springfield To Play With His Back To The Audience

At 65 years of age, Rick Springfield leads a busier life than most people 20 years younger. Actually, it’s hard to believe Springfield is 65. Regardless, he still tours consistently and makes regular appearances in television and film.

For a multi-talented individual like Springfield, it would be easy to believe performing with countless pairs of eyes watching would be a non-issue. But it was a huge source of anxiety for a young Springfield trying to perform in Australia.

“When I was 15, I used to play with my back to the audience,” recalls Springfield during an in studio interview with Scott Shannon in the Morning. “There was this one band… they went to my mom and said, ‘Why does your [son] play with his back to the audience?'”

[PHOTOS] Rick Springfield in studio

It wasn’t until Springfield was 19 and he began touring with a band to entertain Australian troops that he was able to finally become comfortable on stage and overcome his anxiety.

“The band I went to Vietnam with, the leader of the band was very much show oriented and I learned a lot from just watching him,” says Springfield of the band known as MPD Ltd. “There’s like a couple of guys in your life, or women in your life, that are the moments you change direction for the better.”

That change in direction turned Springfield into one of music’s most beloved performers for more than 40 years. At an age when most people look to retire, Springfield is looking to schedule more performances.

“I love to perform,” he says. “I like to think that’s what I was born to do because I come alive on stage.”

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Rick Springfield will be performing at the Concert Hall on 64th Street in New York City tomorrow night (February 21st). Tickets are available through

Other Springfield projects include an appearance on season two of the HBO series True Detective, co-starring with Meryl Streep in the comedy-drama film Ricki and the Flash this Summer. To keep up-to-date with Rick Springfield, head over to and follow him on Twitter @rickspringfield.


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