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INGLEWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Recording artist Rick Springfield performs onstage during the first ever iHeart80s Party at The Forum on February 20, 2016 in Inglewood, California.

Rick Springfield has canceled his fan getaway “Rick Springfield & Friends” set to take place November 7-11, 2019 in the Dominican Republic due to the rising number of American tourists that have died while visiting. 

NBC News reports that there have been at least eight American tourists who have died this year in the Dominican Republic. Reports have suspected “adulterated alcohol or misused pesticides” as the reason for these deaths, but no definitive evidence has been released.

Springfield issued a statement informing fans he was postponing this year’s “Rick Springfield & Friends” until 2020 “for the peace of mind and well-being of my fans, band and crew.” The event will be moved to the Hard Rock Resort in Cancun.

Springfield’s entire statement reads as follows:

“We have been closely monitoring the situation in the Dominican Republic. 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.

As you can imagine, organizing this type of event requires extensive planning and logistics. Unfortunately, we are unable to move the trip to the new location during the November 7-11, 2019 period.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding. Once the new dates are formally announced, any guest who wishes to cancel will have an option for a full refund through Rose Tours.

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. Sending our love and best wishes to all of our friends in the Dominican Republic.

Thank you for your patience while we work out the new details.

Look forward to seeing you soon in Mexico!
Rick”

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.