Rick Springfield Premieres ‘The Wall Will Fall,’ a Fundraising Song for Feeding America ft. Vance DeGeneres, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx, Members of Loverboy, KISS and More (Listen)


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Recently, Rock Cellar caught up with Rick Springfield from his home in Southern California, where the iconic rocker was keeping busy while under coronavirus pandemic-mandated quarantine.

Among the activities he discussed with us was a new song he was working on with Vance DeGeneres, musician/actor/comedian and, yes, brother of Ellen.

The song, “The Wall Will Fall,” came about from a series of instructional videos put up on Instagram by Springfield. An amusing running gag, the series of How-To write with a songwriter videos built up for weeks:

“It’s called “The Wall Will Fall.” The rough version I put out doesn’t have the big long “Hey Jude” fade we’re gonna do in it. (laughs) It’s gonna have a long sing-along at the end. The song’s basic message is about taking care of each other in a time like this. We’re recording it now. I’ve done my vocal and a guitar.”

After all the Instagram videos and cameos from Springfield’s musical friends and colleagues were finished, the song was complete. Here it is, as premiered on Thursday:

Addition details, per the song description:

Rick Springfield and Vance DeGeneres’s “Ultimate Mini-Series: The 60-Second Guide to Songwriting with a Partner”, started off as a way for the two friends to have some fun online while home-sheltering during the current Covid-19 pandemic. But what began as a way to share a few laughs with their online communities grew into a popular multi-episode series and produced a rousing, uplifting universal anthem of hope and love.

The final version, seen above in that very nice music video, features appearances from Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley of KISS, Fred Schneider and Kate Pearson of the B-52’s, Berlin’s Teri Nunn, Mike Reno of Loverboy, Tommy Tutone, Matthew Wilder, Claudio Sanchez of Coheed & Cambria, Richard Marx (who sings the song’s bridge) and more.

Also showing up in the video: Ellen, Creed Bratton from The Office, Linda Blair and Cat Cora, among others. It’s all really well done, and 100 percent of proceeds from the track will benefit FeedingAmerica.org.

As of Friday afternoon, the song was No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Chart, so it’s paying off!

Thanks to Rick Springfield for the song, the chat, and for participating in our recent All Together Now! online concert event/telethon for COVID-19 relief, which to date has raised more than $110,000 for those who need it the most in Los Angeles.


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