Rick Springfield Mourns Mother, Sets First 2017 Dates Including Co-Headlining Shows With Richard Marx

by VVN Music

Rick Springfield is in mourning for his mother, Eileen Louise Springthorpe, who died on Wednesday, December 21.

Rick posted on his website:

My Mummy has passed away. Dec 21st, 2016. She died while bringing in her washing from the clothes line. Sat on her walker and passed facing the blue spruce that my Dad planted in the backyard. Please send any money in lieu of flowers etc to: http://www.lindablairworldheart.org/donate/

My mum loved her rescued dogs.


He returned to Facebook on Sunday, Christmas Day, to post lyrics he had written in the 90's for his mother:

On a more positive note, my Mum had an incredible life. I am just now getting through the pain of her passing to remember that. "Hey Eileen" is a song I wrote in the '90s about her. Here's to my girl.

xo Rick

Here's the lyrics:

Hey Eileen
Young and fourteen
Caught between a woman and a girl
Hey Eileen
Full of big dreams
Fate steps in and kicks you out into the world

Hey Eileen
Sweet sixteen
Your Mama's dead and your Daddy's gone
Hey Eileen
Life's been mean but
Headstrong girl's gonna carry on
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na
Made up your mind
You're going to bury your pain
You had no intention of ever again letting
someone get that close to you
You swore it, but it's funny how things work out
Hey Eileen
Just turned eighteen
Clutches a bible to her broken heart
Hey Eileen
Working a washing machine
Your life is about to start
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na
He's been watching you baby
When you felt most alone
Now he's holding his hand out
He wants you to take it
And look into his eyes and
Find the love that's hiding
Somewhere down inside of you Eileen

Hey Eileen, Eileen
Ten dollars down on a wedding ring
and you married the man
You had the kids and you bought the house
Like you always planned
Life's been good and life's been bad
Did you suffer from the things that you never had?
You turn around and count to ten
And you're left here standing on your own again

Hey Eileen
How's your life been?
Looking back after all these years
Hey Eileen
I know what you mean when you count the rainbows in your tears
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na

On a lighter note, Rick has already announced 22 shows for 2017 including five with Richard Marx. The Springfield/Marx bills will be purely acoustic shows.

The announced dates so far:
  • 01/18 - Palm Desert, CA - McCallum Theatre
  • 01/19 - Santa Ynez, CA - Chumash Casino
  • 01/21 - Roanoke, VA - Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
  • 01/22 - Richmond, VA - Carpenter Theatre (with Richard Marx)
  • 01/27 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center (with Richard Marx)
  • 01/28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center (with Richard Marx)
  • 01/29 - Akron, OH - E.J. Thomas Hall (with Richard Marx)
  • 02/04 - Lawrenceburg, IN - Lawrenceburg Event Center and Hotel
  • 02/08 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
  • 02/10 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon
  • 02/11 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon
  • 02/12 - Collingswood, NJ - Scottish Rite Auditorium
  • 02/14 - Springfield, OH - Clark State Community College Performing Arts Center
  • 02/16 - Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre (with Richard Marx)
  • 02/17 - New Buffalo, MI - Four Winds Casino / Silver Creek Event Center
  • 02/18 - Norman, OK - Riverwind Casino
  • 02/26 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Cafe / Hard Rock Live
  • 03/02 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theatre
  • 03/03 - Fort Pierce, FL - Sunrise Theatre
  • 03/05 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Parker Playhouse
  • 05/11 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Music Hall
  • 05/12 - Florence, SC - FMU Performing Arts Center

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