Springfield appearance

Millicent café owner Melissa Armfield (pictured) appears in the new documentary about noted musician and actor Rick Springfield. Accompanied by her daughter, they were interviewed outside the Saban Theatre in the American city of Los Angeles.

The pair had just witnessed one of his live concerts and it fulfilled a dream 50th birthday gift for Ms Armfield. Her desire was to travel to the USA in 2019 to see the Australian-born entertainer who is perhaps best known for his smash hit “Jessie’s Girl” and for playing Dr Noah Drake in the American television soap opera General Hospital.

Ms Armfield was not content to just attend the concert, a personal meet-and-greet was also a priority. Due to a fortunate chain of events, the mother-and-daughter secured a 10 minute post-concert session with the star.

Although these events happened two years ago, Ms Armfield is still pleased to be a part of the documentary. “Rick is my favourite musician,” she said. “I think they interviewed us because we are Aussies. The documentary was released online on Saint Valentine’s Day and I purchased it. “I was then eligible to be in the running for a zoom session with Rick.

“You had to pose a question and I asked him about his most suitable song for orchestral backing by the 100-piece Santa Monica High School Orchestra. “I thought it was ‘Kristina’ and Rick agreed and I was chosen for the zoom session with nine others.”

Springfield has lived in the USA for almost 50 years and so Ms Armfield is too young to remember his earlier days in the early 1970s as a member of the Zoot band in his native Australia. Zoot attracted notoriety for performing in pink satin outfits. The surviving members of Zoot are touring Australia this year with Springfield back in the lineup.

Ms Armfield said Zoot had to cancel the 2020 national tour on account of the COVID pandemic.

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