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Aussie rocker Rick Springfield, best known for his 1980s megahit “Jessie’s Girl,” will perform at Mahnomen’s Shooting Star Casino on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the box office. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Rick Springfield at Shooting Star Nov. 8

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Internationally known pop-rock music star Rick Springfield will perform live on stage at Shooting Star Casino, Hotel & Event Center in Mahnomen on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.


Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased at the casino box office (777 Casino Road), by phone at 1-800-313-SHOW (7469), online at, or via the “Events” tab on Shooting Star’s Facebook page:

Rick Springfield was born Aug. 23, 1949, into a military family and spent most of his childhood moving around Australia and England.

Finding it difficult to make friends, Springfield used books and music as a creative escape. He formed a band in high school and eventually joined two others, before pursuing a career as a solo artist.

After success in Australia with the hit, “Speak to the Sky,” Springfield garnered his first U.S. success with a re-recording of the same song.

The hit song would prove to be his last move in the music business for some time, as he embarked on an acting career soon after.

Springfield signed with Universal Studios in 1981 and appeared on several television shows. Although his contract was dropped soon after, he was able to sign with RCA on the strength of his demos.

While recording his debut album for RCA in 1981, Springfield was signed to play Dr. Noah Drake on the soap opera, “General Hospital.”

His popularity skyrocketed and the stage was set for the release of “Working Class Dog.”

Powered by the classic single, “Jessie’s Girl,” and the Top 10 follow-up hit, “I’ve Done Everything For You,” Springfield’s debut album was a smash success.

Riding on this wave of success, Springfield decided to concentrate solely on his first love of music, as concert scheduling conflicted with his acting career.

His follow-up album, “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet,” was released in 1982 and spawned the Top 10 hit, “Don’t Talk to Strangers.”

The 1983 album, “Live in Oz,” offered another chart-topper, “Affair of the Heart.”

In 1984, Springfield made the leap to the big screen with the box office success, “Hard to Hold.”

The movie’s soundtrack produced his last Top 10 hit to date, “Love Somebody,” and he went on to record several other albums for the remainder of the ‘80s.

While continuing to land television roles, Springfield returned with a new album, “Karma,” in 1999.

He continued to release material in the 2000s, including a holiday-themed album, a live DVD documenting his popular ‘80s concerts, and an album with all-new music, “Venus in Overdrive.”

In 2012, Springfield signed with Universal’s Hip-O for a new album, “Songs For The End Of The World.”

He is currently on a tour that includes performances in Chicago, New York, and Detroit following his stop in Mahnomen.