After a few albums with some hit singles, Springfield's lack of critical acceptance slowed his career, though he continued releasing albums throughout the 1980s. He played a few minor roles on TV in the 1990s, and released an unsuccessful album in 1999.
From February 2001 through December 2002, Springfield performed in EFX Alive! at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with great success, pleasing both critics and audiences. The show was a hit for its entire run, with Rick adding new songs and segments that made it uniquely his.
His career far from "over", Rick is still rocking audiences wherever he goes, and will release a new album in 2004.