It is ironic that when one types “Rick Springfield” into an Internet search engine, one result is the musician’s photograph on a vintage ’80s coffee mug.



According to fan Amy Albright, 45, of East Peoria, Springfield is a big coffee drinker.


It is ironic that when one types “Rick Springfield” into an Internet search engine, one result is the musician’s photograph on a vintage ’80s coffee mug.

According to fan Amy Albright, 45, of East Peoria, Springfield is a big coffee drinker.
It just so happened that Albright and her friend, Beth Fussner, 43, of East Peoria, got to deliver lattes to Springfield while he was in town Friday for a concert.
Fussner said she and Albright hang out at Eysal’s Coffee Roasters in East Peoria.

“Amy actually introduced me to (owner) Fred (Kraus)when they first opened. We’ve been hooked ever since. We’re just regulars,” Fussner said.

Recently, while at Eysal’s, the topic of Rick Springfield and the concert at the Par-A-Dice came up. Albright told Kraus that Springfield loves lattes.

The women told Kraus that he needed to get Springfield to visit his business.

“(Kraus) is the best ... It’s kind of like family down here. Lots of us gals drop off our kids for schools and come down here,” Albright said.

Kraus teased the women about Springfield, but he took the coffee comment seriously. Since he knew someone at the Par-A-Dice, Kraus put in a bid to provide coffee for Springfield and his band.
When Kraus learned he was granted the bid, he told Albright and Fussner they could deliver the dozen lattés.

Even though the women have met Springfield four times, Albright said she was nervous prior to delivering the drinks.

Fussner said Albright is the bigger fan of Springfield, an award-winning musician, who is probably best known for his No. 1 hit “Jessie’s Girl.”

Albright said she began following Springfield in 1981. She saw him in concert in the ’80s and watched him as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital and plastered her room with his posters.

“My mother wasn’t happy with me. You couldn’t see the paint on the walls. When you’re young, he’s the teenage heartthrob. When you meet him, he’s very down to earth. He takes time with you at the meet and greet. The band are all nice guys, too,” Albright said.

The first time the two friends met Springfield was at Navy Pier when Albright was 39.

For her 40th birthday, Albright’s husband bought her a special “meet and greet” package, so she met him backstage in Beloit, Wis., in a trailer. Albright and Fussner had their photograph taken with Springfield.

“His wife was there. She’s from Wisconsin. They were there for a wedding.
The long-time Springfield fans continue to watch General Hospital to this day.

“We watch it now when he’s on. He comes back for appearances. There’s a character on there that’s his son, so he keeps coming back making appearances,” Albright said.

It was at a concert in New Rockford that Albright said she learned of Springfield’s love for coffee.

“I remember seeing him, I want to say in New Rockford. Beth and I were there. He was up on stage saying, ‘Who took my mocha latté? He was up on stage having a conniption fit. If you get on his Web site, you can see him in a lot of different shots holding (coffee),” Albright said.

Friday, the women drove the 12 various types of lattés to the Par-A-Dice Hotel in the rain. Springfield’s order was a non-fat latte.

Fussner said they did not get to see Springfield Friday because they got there right before the band was doing its sound check.

But, they did get to see Springfield in concert Friday night. Albright said they had a big group of people who went to the concert with them.

They took Springfield a special gift.

On Friday, Albright said, “He will be getting an Eysal’s T-shirt from Beth and I tonight at the concert, our favorite coffee place. He will be turning 60 on Sunday, so it’s special. It’s good timing for him to be here.”

On Monday, Albright said, “We enjoyed the show and Rick still has it at 60 — and if you were there, and saw his abs — I know you will agree!

“Remember — today (Sunday) is Rick’s 60th birthday.  And as the men that went with us had to conclude — they all wished that they could look like that when they hit 60!”

On Tuesday, Kraus said he heard from a Par-A-Dice staff member that Springfield really enjoyed his coffee.

“Now I feel good,” Kraus said.