Ready for a reunion

Published September 21, 2006

Receding hairline aside, time has been pretty good to Rick Springfield. During his rocket-ride to Teen Beat in 1981, the Aussie-born star was primarily a soap opera stud (General Hospital's Dr. Noah Drake) who just happened to make catchy pop songs, too.

But over the course of 25 years, Springfield's acting legacy (anybody remember Hard to Hold?) has vanished while his reputation as an underrated power-pop genius has grown. Earlier this year, Rick's 1981 debut, Working Class Dog, featuring No. 1 smash Jessie's Girl, was given the reverent remastering treatment by RCA Records.

In related news: Somewhere out there, Jack Wagner is planning a massive comeback.

"We Love the '80s," featuring Rick Springfield, Eddie Money, Loverboy and Scandal, starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $48.80-$100. (727) 791-7400 .

- SEAN DALY, Times pop music critic and contributor to the Stuck in the '80s podcast at blogs.tampabay.com.