Rick Astley to Tour Oz (...Seriously)
It seems Rick Astley wasn’t lying when he said he was Never Gonna Give You Up, with the English singer-songwriter due to tour Australia in November.
Spotting a listing on Melbourne’s Palace Theatre website this morning that read Rick Astley – Info Coming Soon, FasterLouder contacted the venue to see whether it was all just an elaborate prank. The (exciting) reply? “It’s for real... they’re still organising things for it”.
Best known for his 1987 track ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, Astley sold approximately 40 million records worldwide before retiring at the ripe old age of 27.
Perhaps realising that retirement from the industry does not place you in the lofty ranks of the 27 Club, Astley returned to the music world in 2002, releasing album Keep It Turned On. Since then he’s rolled right back into the scene and the world’s consciousness, even being nominated for the ‘Best Act Ever’ award at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards.
Name still doesn't ring a bell? All this means nothing to you? Well... perhaps you've been rickrolled.