A local radio station is sharing its milestone anniversary with the community today when a 1980s pop heartthrob performs in Evans.
WBBQ-FM is celebrating its 65th birthday bash by bringing artist Rick Springfield to Evans Towne Center Park. Local pop-rock group Impulse Ride also is scheduled.
“Celebrating 65 years is a huge, huge deal for us,” said WBBQ promotions coordinator Andrew Harmon. “There’s not many radio stations that can say they are celebrating 65 years.”
Gates will open at 4:30 p.m., with the show starting at 6:30.
Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 on the concert day. VIP tickets closest to the stage are sold out.
“I think it’s one of the best venues you could possibly find in the CSRA right now,” Harmon said of the new Lady Antebellum Pavilion.
Springfield, who has sold more than 19 million records in his career, topped the charts in the 1980s with hits like Jessie’s Girl. The song’s popularity resulted in a 1982 Grammy for Springfield, who won Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
Radio stations such as WBBQ helped Springfield’s well-known single reach the heights of the charts.
“A lot of DJs started hearing Jessie’s Girl, and the song started getting out,” Springfield said in a recent phone interview. “They contacted the record company, and it was really radio that picked Jessie’s Girl as a single.”
The 1981 Working Class Dog album also includes songs I’ve Done Everything For You and Love is Alright Tonight.
His follow-up release, Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet, had a string of top-40 hits, including Don’t Talk To Strangers. In 1983, his album Living in Oz was his third to go platinum with the hits Human Touch and Affair of the Heart.
Springfield returned recently to the soap opera General Hospital, where he was on America’s TV screens during the early ’80s as Dr. Noah Drake, and also portrayed a Rick Springfield impostor who’s trying to pick up women on TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.
The double-threat recently completed a new record to be released in September.
Springfield got his fans involved, having them send in their versions of a song he sang for a YouTube clip.
“We exist because of fans, and I think that artists get that,” Springfield said. “I’ve been fan-friendly for a long time. This is about them and some pretty unique stories that go very, very deep – not just the casual fan; they’re life-long fans. They relate to the music and how they get through their issues through it.”
Concert tickets can be purchased at www.evanstownecenterpark.com.