Rick Springfield concert to benefit tsunami victims

On Feb. 18, Grammy and American Award winning musician Rick Springfield will visit the Coronado Theatre to film his first-ever HDNet/DVD live concert special. The concert will be filmed live for broadcast on HD TV as well as released in DVD format. The rocker has been on tour supporting his latest release, shock/denial/anger/acceptance, since last February. Rockford joins more than 100 cities on the tour thus far.

Rick Springfield’s “Shock Street Team” and the “Rick’s Loyal Supporters Fan Club” have been right there with him every step of the way. The Shock Team spends months promoting each show on the schedule; it distributes fliers, calls local radio stations, e-mails TV and newspapers, all to let the world know Rick Springfield is back on the road with new music. The group’s creative methods in getting the word out have not gone unnoticed by Springfield, who calls them his “regional record label reps. With this latest effort released on Springfield’s independent label Gomer Records, the Street Team has become a valuable tool in his promotional war chest.

The group takes a different tack with the Rockford appearance. The fans are driving and flying to Rockford from hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of miles for this rare DVD/HDNet taping. Instead of using their efforts to promote Springfield this time, they have instead undertaken a tsunami relief benefit to coincide with Rick’s taping in Rockford.

“We just thought it was the perfect chance to raise some money and awareness,” said Amy Shelin Primorac, leader of Springfield’s Street Team. “We’ve always pulled together to help others before. When Rick mentioned helping the tsunami victims at a recent performance, we just knew we had to act.”

The result will be a day Springfield fans will remember for a long time. A luncheon and silent auction early on Feb. 18 will start the day. More than 100 fans are expected to attend the charity benefit, with the goal of raising between $5,000 to $10,000 for the American Red Cross.

“We have fans donating concert tickets and rare memorabilia,” Shelin-Primorac said. “We’ll use those items in an auction format to raise funds for the Red Cross. Rick himself has also donated a guitar and some other items to help raise even more money.”

Promoters for the Rockford appearance, NiteLite Promotions, arranged for the Clock Tower Best Western Hotel to host the event. Tickets for this benefit can be purchased at www.shockdenialangeracceptance.com/tsunamibenefit.htm. Tickets are $26 each, with $5 of the cost going directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Once the fans have their fill of visiting, eating and spending their hard-earned cash for a good cause, they’ll rest for their close-ups on camera later in the evening. Springfield’s HD Net/DVD taping starts at 8 p.m., Feb. 18 at the Coronado Theatre, 314. N. Main St. Seats are still available at www.centreevents.com or by calling 815-968-5222.

Springfield has 17 top-40 songs to his credit, including such recognizable titles as “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk To Strangers” and “Affair of the Heart.” He continues to sell out venues ranging from intimate clubs to large amphitheaters. Audiences are continually amazed and impressed with his energy and intensity. With four platinum albums and 18 million records already sold, the weekend should be a satisfying ride for both loyal fan and casual listener alike.

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