RICK Springfield has cancelled his first Australian tour to film a movie with Meryl Streep instead.The Jessie’s Girl musician and actor was due to start the tour in October. Springfield has some of the most patient fans in Australia; they have waited 30 years to see the Sydney-born musician tour here.
Australian promoter Aldo Lennard has stated the axing was not due to low ticket sales.
“I don’t use excuses like ‘scheduling conflicts’ or ‘routing difficulties’,” Lennard said.
“The shows had actually sold really well, most venues were half full if not almost sold out. We’ve had female fans crying on the phone today.
“We were about to do a second burst of promotion for the tour when we got wind this movie role was coming up. We didn’t want to cancel the tour until Rick signed the contract, which he did today. He’s filming in New York at the exact same time as he was meant to be touring in Australia. I’m positive if he hadn’t got this role he would have toured here. He was born in Australia, his mum still lives in Melbourne, he was really keen to get back here and tour the country for the first time.”