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Chart-topping 1980s pop star returning to Wind Creek Event Center

Rick Springfield
Courtesy Wind Creek Event Center
Rick Springfield, best know for his 1980s hits "Jessie' Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart," will return to Wind Creek Event Center on Nov. 3.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A pop star who in the 1980s had more than a half-dozen Top 20 hit songs and five gold and platinum albums will perform at Wind Creek Event Center, it was announced Monday.

Rick Springfield, best known for his hits “Jessie’s Girl,” “I’ve Done Everything for You” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.

Tickets, at $39.50-$79.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, at the Wind Creek website.

Springfield, who will turn 75 before the show, started as an Australian pop star who first had a hit in 1972 with “Speak to the Sky.”

But he really became popular playing Dr. Noah Drake on the television soap opera “General Hospital” in 1981.

He parlayed that role into the gold No. 1 hit “Jessie’s Girl,” for which he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.

He followed with four more top 10 hits, including "Don't Talk to Strangers" and “Affair of the Heart,” both of which also were nominated for Grammy Awards, and “Love Somebody.”

The albums with those hits — “Working Class Dog,” “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet,” “Living in Oz” and “Hard to Hold” — all sold platinum.

Springfield continued to have Top 30 hits through 1988’s “Rock of Life," and in the early 2000s had a brief resurgence with the Top 30 Adult Contemporary hits "Beautiful You" and "Broken Wings."

His last charting album was 2016's "Rocket Science," which peaked at No. 69. He has released four discs since, with his most recent being "Automatic" last August.

He also returned to “General Hospital” 2005-08, in 2012 and again in 2013 for the show’s 50th anniversary.

Springfield has played the area frequently in recent years. He was at Wind Creek in 2022, and, when the venue was called Sands Bethlehem Event Center, in 2017, 2016 and 2015.