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Musicians Rick Springfield and Richard Marx will stop at the Pikes Peak Center on Thursday as part of their acoustic tour.

The two artists have been friends for more than three decades and will appear together on stage in an intimate show.

“We used to do it so that he would play, I would come and play and we would play a couple of songs at the end,” Springfield said. “But I thought it would be more fun if we did the whole show together because we’ve known each other for over 30 years.”

Grammy-winning Springfield, the artist behind 17 US Top 40 hits such as “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “An Affair of the Heart,” describes the acoustic concert as conversational and authentic, giving the audience an insight into the friendship between the two.

“We have a pretty quirky sense of humor and that comes through in the show and makes it even more entertaining for us,” he said. “I think the audience gets to see two artists they might like, but they stay separate from each other. You see them interacting in a real way, not just pretending.”

In addition to his musical accolades, Springfield is also an author and has written his memoir “Late, Late at Night” and the comedic novel “Magnificent Vibration.” Springfield is also known for his acting work in films such as “Ricki and the Flash” and television series such as “Supernatural” and “American Horror Story.”

In 2019, Springfield released “Orchestrating My Life,” a collection of his hits reinterpreted with a rock orchestra as a tribute to his late mother. Having performed his own songs so often over the years, Springfield enjoys collaborating with Marx during the show.

“We know each other’s songs, at least for a long time, and I was really keen to play them for the first time because it’s different when you listen to someone’s song and then actually play it with them,” he said.

The show’s more relaxed style allows the artists to interact more with the audience, making each show a different experience, Springfield said.

“It’s great because you get to talk to the audience,” he said. “Almost like stand-up comedians sometimes just talk to the audience – I like that, it makes it very personal, and that’s why it’s a different kind of show every night, depending on what the audience brings.”