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No slowing down for Rick Springfield; he'll rock the Egyptian tonight

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Rick Springfield has performed in DeKalb before, but he doesn’t remember when.

Maybe the short-term memory loss can be blamed by the fact that, even at the age of 64, the Grammy Award-winning musician still plays more than 80 gigs a year.

And this week is no exception. Springfield, most famous for his hit “Jessie’s Girl,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. today in the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb.

The concert is his only one in the Chicagoland area before his first-ever solo tour, “Stripped Down,” in November.

The pop/rock musician also recently finished writing his first novel, “Magnificent Vibration,” which is set to publish in May.

While on his way to a concert in Mississippi, Springfield chatted with the Daily Chronicle about his upcoming performance.

DC: You’re a busy guy. When was the last time you had a break from performing?

Springfield: We go on for a couple of days and go home. It’s actually a cool way to do it. It gives me time to write my novel.

Why did you want to write a fiction novel?

I wrote my autobiography, and my publisher liked my writing voice, so she encouraged me to write. I’m a writer anyway. I just channeled it to singing when I was a kid.

Singing is what you’re known for. Since you’re older, do you find yourself getting tired more quickly than in years past?

[Laughs] No, I think I have more energy. A lot of it is from eating well.

You’ll be in DeKalb in a few days. How do concerts in smaller communities compare to those in big cities like Chicago? Is there a different vibe?

I like to connect with the audience. It doesn’t change from venue to venue. Connecting with people is the most fun I have. Certainly, with the bigger venues, there’s more energy, but we still approach it with our same energy.

Do you know anything about the Egyptian Theatre?

I know it’s called the Egyptian Theatre.

Well, it was built in the 1920s, and it doesn’t have air conditioning yet. How do you think you’ll fare?

Uh oh. Our shows are pretty hot and sweaty, so that’s not a good sign ... but I don’t mind. I don’t really care about that. We’ve performed outside in the heat plenty of times.

Do you think you’ll have time to visit some of the local businesses? What do you usually do when you’re in town for a concert?

The only local business I go to is the local gym. That’s about all we have got time for, or maybe a nice restaurant. [Concerts are] a full day thing. It’s not just walk in and go on stage for two hours. It’s a big set up. We don’t have much extra time.

Why do you insist on staying so busy at an age where most people settle down for retirement?

I think people retire from jobs they don’t like. I love what I do. I’m expanding stuff, writing more stuff. It’s what I love to do. I’m not one of those guys who will sit and relax on a beach. I love working, and I don’t really look at it as work. I think when you do, that’s when you should retire. I’m lucky I get to do what I love to do. I’m pretty fortunate.

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If you go

What: Rick Springfield in concert

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., DeKalb

Tickets: $49.50 to $74.50

Information: www.egyptiantheatre.org

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