Rick Springfield will be staying out on the road through the fall this year, and kicks off his latest string of dates over two nights on July 13th and 14th at San Diego's Embarcadero Marina Park South with the San Diego Symphony. Over the summer, Springfield will be mainly playing shows with Loverboy, Greg Kihn, & Tommy Tutone -- with Eddie Money and the Fixx alternating with Loverboy in some cities. Springfield is also set for a four-night run of double bills this month with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo.

Back in January, Rick Springfield released his 17th studio set, The Snake King. The concept blues album features all original material and marked his second release via the Frontiers imprint. Springfield has dealt with deeply personal issues on the new album -- including a recent bout of suicidal thoughts. He told us that it's the love, interest, and support from both his female and male fans that keep him honest and progressing musically and emotionally: "I write what I like and that's why the music always comes from a male perspective because I am, y'know? But some of the image stuff. . . I mean I always resisted all the teen stuff, but they still printed stuff anyway back in the '80s and I had to deal with it. But I always played and wrote what I wanted to -- that I thought was good stuff, which is why I still have male fans. And the male fan base is actually growing, because I've always written, I think, with a degree of integrity and not a sell out vibe at all."

AUDIO: RICK SPRINGFIELD ON HIS FANBASE