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Q+A: Rick Springfield won’t take it off on his desert stop — unless it’s really hot

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Singer and actor Rick Springfield.

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Singer and actor Rick Springfield. Launch slideshow »

Rick Springfield at Eastside Cannery

Rick Springfield performs at Eastside Cannery on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. Launch slideshow »

It’s a double-duty summer for Grammy Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter, actor, author and heartthrob Rick Springfield, who brings his full-band tour to Star of the Desert Arena on Saturday night at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm.

Additionally, Springfield hits the road June 28 with longtime friends, fellow rockers and husband-and-wife Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar. “It’s been a long time coming,” said Springfield, who has headlined at Eastside Cannery on a few occasions.

For fans of the singer of “Jessie’s Girl,” “Love Somebody,” “I Get Excited” and “Affair of the Heart,” Springfield also is signing copies of his new book, “Magnificent Vibration,” at Barnes & Noble here (see details below) before the concert.

Springfield chatted over the phone ahead of his stop at Buffalo Bill’s on Saturday night.

Your first work of fiction, “Magnificent Vibration,” released May 6 is getting rave reviews. Congratulations! What prompted you to write a book, and what was your inspiration for the book?

With my biography and in interviews, I’m always telling my story to a tape recorder, to another person, so I thought it was time to write my own story. My publisher liked my writing style in fiction. I let that cook for a while, and it really wrote itself. It started out like I write my songs.

So is this lead character in “Magnificent Vibration” you?

No, this is very different from my life, but there is piece of me in every character. The characters have to start from a point. For starters, though, the hero can’t play guitar!

What was it like to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 9? It’s been a big month for you.

It was pretty exciting and definitely a milestone. It was very cool for everybody at home.

What can fans expect from your tour stop in Primm? Since you’re in the Las Vegas area, will you be stripping down like your Aussie mates in Thunder From Down Under?

It depends on how hot it gets!

With my Stripped Down Tour, the makeup is more of a storyteller kind of thing. It’s laid back with different songs among the hits. However, Saturday’s show is with a full band. (Editor’s Note: Since this interview in early May, plans have changed, and Saturday’s concert in Primm will be with a full band vs. stripped down and acoustic.)

Your tour with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo kicks off June 28. How did that come about, and what can fans expect from those shows?

It’s going to be hot and sweaty with a lot of great songs. Neil played guitar on “Jessie’s Girl,” so we’ve known each other for a long time. It’s only natural that we would collaborate again. It’s been a long time coming. I’m surprised that it took so long.

After all these years, which one of your hits do you still enjoy performing the most?

All of them because it’s not about me. I get excited by the reaction from the crowd; their reaction turns me on.

According to your Wikipedia profile, you’ve been married since 1984, so for 30 years. That’s incredible in rock music. What’s your secret?

Marrying my wife — that’s the secret! She’s amazing. She’s been through a lot with me. It’s as if we’ve had a magic wand with all of our fortune, as well.

I can’t believe you’re 64. You look fantastic. What’s your secret?

Again, marrying the right woman!

Your fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John just started a mini-residency at the Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip. How about a Strip residency for you?

I did the “FX” show for two years and lived there, too. I wouldn’t say no. I love Las Vegas and always have a great time there. I love the whole vibe. It’s something I would love to do.

Rick Springfield signs copies of his new book, “Magnificent Vibration,” at Barnes & Noble, 2191 N. Rainbow Blvd., in Las Vegas from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, then hits the stage at Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s in Primm at 8 p.m.

Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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