Rick Springfield Nixes Australia Tour To Make Movie

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Rick Springfield’s long-awaited homecoming tour of Australia has been canceled because of his acting commitments. 

Springfield, the artist behind such hits as "Jessie's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers" and "Affair of the Heart," was originally due to play a string of dates Down Under this October, his first here in 30 years.

Since those shows were announced, he has been cast in Tom Rothman's TriStar Productions film Ricki And The Flash alongside Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline and directed by Jonathan Demme. The film is in pre-production and will begin shooting in October -- clearly conflicting with his tour.

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Springfield has sent out his apologies via his Facebook page. In the post, he's waving a small Australian flag with a look of disappointment on his face. “So sorry to have to cancel the Australian gigs and for all the inconvenience to those who made travel plans etc around the shows, as well,” he writes. “But this movie with Meryl Streep is a great opportunity and I will make it up to anyone who is bummed out. Dinner perhaps? A movie? A little cuddling after? Come on! Honestly if Meryl Streep and Jonathan Demme had asked me to wash their cars I would have cancelled my Hawaiian vacation and bought my own soap and bucket. As my favorite band once said, ‘We can work it out!” 

 

The tour’s producer Lennard Promotions had set-up an itinerary starting Oct. 7 in Perth, with stops including Brisbane, Tweed Heads, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, and Melbourne, and wrapping-up in Adelaide on Oct. 18. A source close to Springfield tells Billboard, “he will be coming back.” Indeed, Lennard Promotions has issued its own statement in which Springfield has made a “promise to make it up to you next year.” 

Written by Diablo Cody, Ricki and the Flash centers on a rock n' roll loving woman (Streep) who chased her musical dreams at the price of her family, but is given one last chance to, perhaps, make things right. Springfield will play a band member who has a crush on Ricki (Streep), and he'll be showing off his skills on the guitar in the project.

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Springfield was a member of the Australian pop-rock group Zoot from 1969 to 1971 before launching a solo career. "Jessie's Girl" won the Grammy for best male rock vocal performance after peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. Springfield was the last solo Aussie male artist to top the chart until Gotye did so in 2012 with “Somebody That I Used to Know.”

He has successfully juggled his music career with writing (his debut 2014 novel Magnificent Vibration! is his second New York Times bestseller), and acting (he played Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital, and appeared on TV’s Californication, Hawaii Five-0 and Hot in Cleveland). According to his reps, Springfield has sold 25 million records over his career.