Soap actor/cock-rocker Rick ("Jessie's Girl") Springfield was multimedia long before Mos Def, Chris Isaak and the like. Fresh off a lengthy run at the MGM Grand in Vegas, Rick also still rocks -- in a Dirk Diggler "You Got the Touch, You Got the Power" sort-of way -- and was a hella good sport in his interview with the RFT. Here are some of the highlights:
RFT: Who's the best musician/actor in the biz today?
Springfield: It's a tough thing to do. I think J-Lo actually does pretty well.
What's more of a chick magnet: a goatee or stage makeup?
I can send you some of the makeup, and you can check it out for yourself. [Editor's note: Sorry, Rick, but the makeup makes you look like Jeff Buckley's corpse].
Ryan Adams is one of the musicians who is obviously heavily influenced by your music. Do you agree?
My wife went and saw him last night. She said it was a great show.
Don't you think he should just bite the bullet and cover Bryan Adams' "Summer of '69?"
Both are good for different things. Sammy's got a great voice and is a great writer. I love Dave's attitude.
Lou Ferrigno would kick Eric Bana's ass.
Explain the nuances of the Tao of Sex (Rick once played aTao of Sex-inscribed guitar).
It's called shock value on a guitar. The guitar's been auctioned off and gone. I assume it means the true way of sex.
Have you ever seen the porn spin-offGenital Hospital?
No, have you? I've never heard of it.
Are you bigger in Germany than David Hasselhoff?
Nobody's bigger than David Hasselhoff in Germany.