Rick Springfield rocks on. The former “General Hospital” star, remembered as Dr. Noah Drake, releases new album, Rocket Science, on February 19. It’s Springfield’s 18th studio LP and was written largely with his longtime collaborator and former bass player Matt Bissonette.
The album is filled with the wide-ranging pop-rock songs Springfield is known for. “I wanted the album to be very open and electric — rock and roll with some country elements, and always with great hooks,” explains Springfield, noting that his songs usually start with titles that catch his eye and in turn inspire lyrics.
Springfield wrote the first single, “Light This Party Up,” while on vacation with his wife in Tahiti. “[It’s] a song about redemption and how life sometimes feels like one long fall from grace,” he says.
Second song, “Down,” is about disillusionment and commitment. Springfield co-wrote it withRascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus while traveling on DeMarcus’ tour bus to Atlanta to film an episode of “Drop Dead Diva.” “Jay came up with the title ‘Down,’ and we were off to the races,” notes Springfield.