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GH’s Rick Springfield Returns

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Dr. Noah Drake Hits General Hospital December 2nd


Win an Autographed Copy of Springfield's Latest CD

When Rick Springfield stepped onto the soil in Port Charles (his first airdate is December 2, 2005) after a twenty three year absence from  playing Dr. Noah Drake, former heartthrob and fan favorite on General Hospital, he was excited to be back.  Yet, he felt like it was a whole new experience of familiarizing himself with the fast pace of daytime TV today. He gives us the impression that for him it was like not even remembering the past, but just coming in and doing a new job.

“My first day I was just like wandering around. I was like trying to find myself,” Springfield said. “Some things seemed familiar like some of the cast, some old writers, and some producers, but for the most part it felt different. Things are different. I mean the show is even shot in a different location, and shot differently. Everything is just different.”

Springfield recalled that “back in the day” you went to work and worked all day. Now you shoot scenes that are out of sequence and just get it over leaving little time for preparation. His belief is that the soaps are tougher today.

Springfield admitted that he really thought that Noah was forgotten by the powers that be, but said, not by the fans. “You know...whatever I’ve done in my career I’m always remembered as Noah from General Hospital, and I’m fine with that,” Springfield shared.

Springfield’s agent received a call from ABC telling them that they were interested in bringing back Noah. In turn, it took Springfield at least a week to make his final decision.

“I gave it thought. I have a very busy career, but I decided that it would be interesting to return,” Springfield said. “It’s fun to also see how Noah has changed over the years. You know in the back of my mind, I never really thought they ever would recast Noah.”

In the storyline, Noah is back when Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) urgently needs him for his medical expertise in helping Jason (Steve Burton) recover from his life-threatening seizures.

Springfield has been asked to appear in at least four episodes, but said that he has already completed twelve, and would like to stick around and do more.

“Oh without a doubt. I’m in talks with ABC. Right now we’re both seeing where this goes. If more materializes, I’d definitely considering come back,” Springfield said. “Noah is great! He has a lot of issues and some surprises that need to be worked out, and I believe the writers’ are taking note. Actually, I’m finding Noah more fun to play now then before. And if it works to my schedule, I’d be back.”

Springfield refers to his schedule with his busy recording career. Currently speaking from New York, he is touring with a concert, and has plans on going to Japan and Australia.  He left General Hospital in 1982 to pursue what has been regarded as a very successful musical career, and believes without a doubt that when he left, it was the right thing to do.

“Like anything...the decision was tough, but I knew I had to do it,” Springfield said. “Also General Hospital agreed with me that it was time to leave and venture in new and different directions.”

In the 1980’s, not only was he known as Noah, but he became a household name with the big hit “Jessie’s Girl.” He went on to say that “Jesse’s Girl” is lost today in history, but the song was powerful. “Jessie’s Girl” was thought up in a heartbeat, but took a month to hammer out. His other chart topper is “Don’t Talk to Strangers.”

Springfield said that over the years the music industry has also changed. “The music hasn't changed, but the business end has. The industry is run by number crunchers (share holders). And computers is big. No one records an album without a computer.”

Last summer Springfield released his latest CD called “The Day After Yesterday,” a compilation of songs, according to Springfield that he “wished he recorded.”

The songs of “yesterday” include “I’m not in Love” (10CC), “Baker Street” (Gerry Rafferty), “Imagine” (John Lennon), and “For No One” (Beatles) to name a few.

“I chose songs that are easy,” Springfield said. “These songs were carefully chosen by me, and are the songs that I loved, and I believe everyone else does as well.”

Springfield regrets not being able to put Todd Rundgren’s “Love is the Answer” on the cd because “there simply wasn’t enough room.”

“I’m a writer and musician first, and I take my work seriously,” Springfield said. “I write, I produce, and I’m there until the final product comes out.”

Soapdom needs to know, were you nervous doing “Imagine” by John Lennon and “For No One” by the Beatles? “No first of all...I could never compare myself to John, and I didn’t try to copy the Beatles. I went in and did my own version.”

Springfield added that in the entertainment business, versatility is the only way for an entertainer to survive. One must be accomplished and versed in many areas.

“You have to. It’s tough, but when you can do a lot, you survive,” said Springfield. “And to my fans. I just want to say thank God you hung in there in whatever direction I have gone.”

Springfield’s "The Day After Yesterday" CD is available in stores and at rickspringfield.com and amazon.com. Plus, all members who upgrade or new members who subscribe to all access soapdom for one year during the month of December, will be entered into a drawing to win an autographed copy of the CD.  CONTEST CLOSED.

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