Back in the day, there was no YouTube, no Facebook and no way to share video other than posting it on www.rickspringfield.com or www.rickspringfield.net and racking up the bandwidth. It was a huge deal when the www.ricktopia.com site put up all of Rick’s music videos…after they shut down we housed them for years on rs.net for fans to view. Forget about concert video, it was not only officially discouraged, there was no where for a regular fan without a website to share it. Now you can find all sorts of things on YouTube: Rick’s music vids, live concert footage from just about anywhere, even old appearances from the 70s culled off of old videotapes.
I don’t need to recreate any of that, you can find it all on your own. But there were a few things that we had access to that shouldn’t be lost to the days of Zip Files and stored on floppies in the back of my office. So here’s some of the real gems I found scouring my old files. It’s a shame that much of our video was done in formats that aren’t easily transferrable now, but I’ll slowly add what I can to this area. For now, enjoy these quaint blasts from the past.
GH Interview: Rick recorded this for his appearances in General Hospital in 2006. I was experimenting with Flash video back in these days, and frustratingly did not put any controls on this video. I prepared this video for use on the www.rickspringfield.us site, as evidenced by the logo on the right of the video.
Rick TV appearance, Osage, KS: More of my flash video experiments. This must have been sent in by Susan George for the site, and clearly bears the RSU logo we used in 2006.
Rick goes “Out To Lunch”: Rick’s appearance on “Out to Lunch” in 2006. Again, sorry for the lack of controls on the vid…what was I thinking?
Fan Club 15th Anniversary Video: I recorded this 15th anniversary video in Indiana in Sept. ’04. Sadly, Vivian closed the club just one year later.
Fan Club New Format Video: We also attempted to record a video to promote Viv’s move to CD versions of her newsletter. I personally find this outtake, shot by Renata, funnier than the original, which is here.
Beautiful You: 30 seconds of the video that was recorded for Beautiful You in 2004. Again, I was experimenting with video, so it’s teeny and shows the mark of the program I used to create it! Needs Real Player to view.
Fans Together: Fans sent in photos of their favorite moments with their friends they have met through Rick. Enjoy the ride by viewing the slideshow. Any references to “this year” mean 2005.
Welcome Message: I have no idea where I recorded this welcome message! It might have been in Decatur, Ill., or it might have been in Indianapolis, In. Hm. The American Flag T makes me think it was around 2001.
Best Buy 2001: Remember way back when Rick was in EFX and he did a signing in Los Angeles? Fans trekked from far and wide, including Renata Hearn. She put together this amazing footage from the CD signing there in February, 2001. Needs Real Player to view.
Virgin Megastore CD Signing , Part One: Another CD signing done to promote Alive in 2001, this one in Las Vegas. Check Rick out with the fans!
Virgin Megastore CD Signing , Part Two. More of this amazing CD signing.
Virgin Megastore CD Signing , Part Three: More of this amazing CD signing.
Affair of the Heart, November, 2000: Elizabeth Gloger recorded this live video at Rick’s “last show”. We all were constantly worried that Rick would stop touring…but ten plus years later, it seems a little funny now. Needs Real Player to view.
AT&T Commercial, January 2000: If you missed this commercial airing all over the US featuring Rick in concert, download it here! What a bummer that I can’t seem to salvage the video of this commercial, but the audio is still a riot. This was filmed in CA in early 2000 and was on TV later that year.