Legendary rocker Rick Springfield gave advice last week to American Idol finalist and Leesburg's own Phillip Phillips.
A man who knows what it was like to be thrust into the spotlight at a young age, his song 'Jesse's Girl' hit the top of the charts in 1981 and he's been entertaining fans for the past three decades.
"I've liked Rick since I was 12 years old and I'm 42 now and I've been coming to concerts since 1998," says Annamarie Baker, a fan from Clearwater, Florida.
But what makes fans keep coming back for more?
"Probably because he's so hot to look at! He's funny, he smiles a lot when he's on stage and he has a cute little smile and everybody loves it!" says Cindy Simonelli from Palm Bay, Florida.
"I think it's his kindness and his ability to touch others with his words, his eyes, his vibes, it's really cool," adds Baker.
But if you go to a Rick Springfield concert expecting a night full of pop ditties--you'll be surprised. This man rocks heavier and harder than entertainers half his ageâ|and he performs like an entertainer half his age.
"I get energy from the audience, really, is where I get my energy, it's why I love playing because I can feel that energy. There's nothing like it," Says Rick Springfield.
Springfield is also unique because, unlike other rockers who take a little time to sign an autograph or two, he tries to make a connection with every fan.
"Everyone keeps themselves in a box and he gives himself up and just really made it amazing for all the fans," says Baker.
An award winning documentary just premiered in the U.S. focusing on that connection, even showing some of Rick's more devoted fans. Fans also feel connection through his lyrics, which he says are always about truth.
"You write from what you need to write about. I've tried to write songs that I think other people want to hear, but to me they don't come out as truthful," says Springfield.
Many of them reflecting his turbulent relationship with faith.
"A lot of my songs are actually as much about a spiritual search as it is about a one-on-one love relationship. Every album has a spiritually searching song in it because I ain't there yet!"
But his fans sure think he's as perfect as a saint!
"When he does [the song] 'Human Touch', he comes out into the audience and he walks around and he touches everybodyâ"and everybody needs Rick's human touch!" says Simonelli.