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MUSIC NOTES: Rick Springfield Won't Face Charges

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

Rick Springfield, the 1980s pop star icon, came close to singing a new tune -- the blues. But he's off the hook now. The Australian-born singer will not be prosecuted for alleged spousal abuse, Reuters reports. Springfield, 51, was arrested last month after police were called to his Malibu, Calif., home and found swelling and scratch marks on his wife's face and arms.

But since then, his wife and sister, who originally pressed charges, have changed their story, so now the charges have been dropped because of insufficient evidence, the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday.

"The case is not provable because the only evidence that the victim was assaulted is the hearsay statement made to her sister. ... The victim is nondesirous of prosecution and refuses to be interviewed further," prosecutors said in a report.

Springfield on the night of his arrest told sheriffs that he grabbed his wife, Barbara, in self-defense after she allegedly hurled a jar at him.

Springfield is best known for the '80s hit single "Jessie's Girl" and his starring role in the soap opera "General Hospital."

NO MORE PHISH-ING? The rock band Phish is calling it quits, for now.

Right when the Burlington, Vt.-band was having the best year of its career, the members have simultaneously reached a point of exhaustion and want to spend time with their families, The New York Times reported the band's manager as saying.

There's no word on when they'll be back, either, but it doesn't look like it'll be anytime soon. At the moment, Phish has neither plans to record a new album nor any scheduled concerts. They performed their last concert Saturday in Mountain View, Calif. However, the band's manager, John Paluska, referred to the news split as "temporary."

The news came as quite a surprise since Phish is known for thriving at festival-type events such as their annual New Year's Eve shows and the summer concerts where tens of thousands of fans have been known to show up for their shows. The band members, however, had no comment on the announcement.

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