Rick Astley learns to roll with enduring fame
For many years since, Rick Astley seemed like a lost artifact of the '80s. The baby-faced ginger with the big, booming baritone on Never Gonna Give You Up and Together Forever — whatever happened to that guy? Was he still around? Did he still tour? Was that even his real voice?
Then came YouTube. When YouTube discovered Rick Astley, neither was ever the same.
Now Astley is back in America with a new tour, album and appreciation for how his strange, specific fame has evolved over the past 30 years, and especially the last 10. On Monday , his 51st birthday, he’ll perform at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre, belting out all those old hits in what has, against all odds, become one of the signature voices of the Internet Age.
Seriously, this is all really happening. Honest. You are not being rickrolled.
Click here to read our interview with the singer and see a video of what it's like to be rickrolled.