Not RICK SPRINGFIELD!!
Wow! Was that just amazing or what? In case you missed it - Rick Springfield sang "Who Killed Rock & Roll?" on General Hospital today as part of a storyline that's been going on for awhile. Summary: Neurosurgeon - Dr. Noah Drake (Rick Springfield) is a look-alike for rock star Eli Love (also Rick Springfield). Which is still not all well & good for Noah has quite a disdain for rock & roll musicians. Except . . . Eli needs brain surgery and . . . he's scheduled to perform at a benefit concert for Lifebeat (www.lifebeat.org) a REAL organization dedicated to helping find a cure for HIV/AIDS. So Anna Devane (Finola Hughes) - who has this super, gigantic crush on Eli Love, persuades Noah to take Eli's place. She gets him "rock star" ready. Yesterday a case of nerves almost screwed the whole concert but a gentle talk from Anna (who he started to become romantically involved with until their adult children stepped in - but that's a whole other story!) - Noah shook off the nerves and was prepared to go. Then there was a huge crash - gear & a mike stand fell on Noah - most importantly - on his throat resulting in a bad case of bruised vocal cords (only in soap land!). What to do, what to do? Of course - temporarily release Eli Love from the hospital and have him sing the vocals backstage while Noah lip-synced on stage. Sounds like a plan! Actually it was plan B or something! Noah starts to play guitar - the band starts and whoops! There's a glitch with the sound! So of course Anna provides some good delay tactics - first giving Noah a great big kiss! Then talking about all the wonderful things Lifebeat does. Tears were shed. Finally the sound is working & it's a go. The band begins, Noah hits the guitar & Eli (backstage) begins singing.
Kudos to General Hospital for always being on top of the game by promoting these real life charities and organizations. Kudos to the writers for creatively (sometimes silly-ly!) writing it so we can hear Rick Springfield actually perform on the show without a major character change. Kudos to GH for close-ups of Rick's real band! Kudos to Rick who excellently portrayed both Noah Drake pretending to be Eli Love and the Australian Rock Star Eli Love. Kudos for having Eli be from Australia so Rick could speak in that wonderful Australian accent we never get to hear! Kudos to GH for NOT breaking up the song in commercial breaks!
So Rick Springfield performed as Noah Drake performing as Eli Love! What a wonderful (sometimes funny) roller-coaster of a storyline but today was all worth it!
More later, Dear Readers!