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Rick Springfield: Linda Blair Spun Her Head Around During Sex

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Today's Justin Bieber-drenched climate kind of makes us forget that girls used to swoon over and faint at the sight of guitar-wielding bad boys. Sure, when "Jessie's Girl" ruled the earth, Rick Springfield was already over 30, and his boyish looks softened the blow of his oft-biting lyrics. Make no mistake, the man-boy, who performs timeless power pop at Mizner Park Amphitheater on Friday, was plenty bad.

In Springfield's 2010 autobiography, Late, Late at Night, he squeals on

his womanizing and publicly cleans out his dark closet. At 25, he dated

Exorcist star Linda Blair; she was 15 at the time. Even though they're

still good friends and he admires her deeply, Springfield jokes about

their demonic sex life.

"She'd spin her head around; it was part of the

bedroom routine," he says in a barely discernible Australian accent,

like Lethal Weapon 2-era Mel Gibson. "It was great, but cleaning up the

pea soup every night sucked."

In 1981, the success of Springfield's fifth album, Working Class Dog,

signaled the end of disco, and the rock he'd already lovingly created

for the decade prior became a pop commodity. Regarding the current state

of rock, he adds, "I'm very hopeful for rock music; I think the

business sucks. The recording industry is a mess." Makes us think about

the last scene in his "I've Done Everything for You" video in which he

smashes a record player to bits. Although it seemed he was at odds with

the music biz even 30 years ago, he calls that iconic scene "just a very

expensive special effect."

"Of course, I had no idea that breaking the mirror [with my reflection

in it] in the 'Jessie's Girl' video was a deep psychological thing," he

continues. "Now, I think, hey, that's a pretty deep thought." In his

book, he reveals he's struggled with depression, and he now has the keys

to beating it: "It's meditation, not medication."

Sunny days are ahead for Springfield. The day after his Boca Raton show,

the fourth and final Rick Springfield Cruise sets sail out of Miami.

He'll probably bring some industrial-strength sun block aboard to keep

his smooth skin youthful. "I really don't go out in the sun,"

Springfield says. "I'm not a vampire either! I just don't bake myself

out there." That's some solid advice from the best-looking 62-year-old

on the planet.

Rick Springfield. With Jack Wagner. 8 p.m. Friday,

November 4, at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton.

Tickets cost $38.50 to $98.50. Click here.


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