In the wake of the deaths of at least 10 American tourists in the Dominican Republic this year under mysterious circumstances, “Jessie’s Girl” singer Rick Springfield has rescheduled an upcoming festival in the country’s Punta Cana region out of what he has called an “abundance of caution.”
The singer posted a lengthy statement on Twitter on Monday (July 1) in which he explained his decision to reschedule the “Rick Springfield & Friends” getaway show, which was originally slated to take place in November in the popular vacation destination.
“We have been closely monitoring the situation in the Dominican Republic,” Springfield, 69 wrote on Twitter of the Nov. 7 event slated to feature Scandal singer Patty Smyth, as well as host and SiriusXM DJ Mark Goodman, actor Doug Davidson and musical guests Guns & Mullets. “In an abundance of caution and for the peace of mind and well-being of my fans, band and crew, the ‘Rick Springfield & Friends’ event in Punta Cana is being rescheduled to take place at Hard Rock Hotel Cancun in 2020. New dates will be determined as soon as possible. We hope to have this announcement within the next two weeks.”
Springfield added that organizing this type of event requires extensive planning and complicate logistics, which is why his team was unable to change the location during the originally scheduled Nov. 7-11 time frame. He apologized for the inconvenience and promised any fans who wish to cancel their tickets that they will get a full refund. “While this decision has not been easy, the safety and well-being of our amazing fans, band and crew will always be the most important consideration in any situation,” he said.
— Rick Springfield (@rickspringfield) July 1, 2019