The city landed a star to perform a concert in honor of its 50th birthday — but Rick Springfield, a pop icon from the 1980s who sang “Jessie’s Girl,” will be a no-show.
After the event was publicized in the Sun Sentinel — one day after the City Commission approved his $49,000 fee during a public meeting at City Hall — the talent agency for Springfield pulled the plug, telling the city’s talent contact Springfield had stipulated there be “no advertising until after the Coconut Creek date had played,” said Scott Davidoff, the city’s director of parks and recreation.
The event in Parkland was scheduled for May, at no charge to the public. But Springfield will also appear Jan. 11 at the Seminole Casino at a concert for which tickets cost $35 to $45 before fees, according to Ticketmaster.
Mayor Michael Udine said Springfield apparently also wasn’t happy that his fee to Parkland was made public.
“We’ll find another artist and the show will go on,” the mayor said.