Rick Springfield admits having doubts about going the orchestral route with his past classics. But appearing at a German festival specializing in the concept won him over.
After performing the new arrangements live, he recorded the album Orchestrating My Life, which will be out April 26th.
Rick Springfield talked about becoming involved with symphonic arrangements of his songs: "We were invited to Germany to do a thing they have every year called Rock Meets Classics, and they orchestrated a couple of songs over there. And we did a tour over there for about six weeks. I was really nervous about it, but it went really well and we brought it back here and made friends with the arranger and the conductor Wolf Kersheck and he wrote some more charts. And we've done a couple of shows already here."
Los Angeles fans got to hear the results live on March 30th at the Saban [pr: suh-BAHN] Theater. He has several other orchestral shows set for later this year.
Rick Springfield had some doubts before recording Orchestrating My Life: "Yeah, I was a little nervous, too, at first. Cause I didn't want it to just be the greatest hits with string pads. I wanted the orchestra to be really part of the song. And some of the arrangements, I think, really add a lot to the songs."
This doesn't mean that Rick won't be rockin' out. He's adding these orchestral shows to his solo storytellers shows and "the band, where it's pedal to the medal... There's a lot of different aspects to touring now, which I love."