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Rick Astley ‘grateful’ for twisted success of ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’

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have drifted off into the ether and become something else, and I’m ever so grateful for it.”That song turns 35 this year and is still very much alive, buoyed by a second chapter as a gentle joke wherein someone baits you with an enticing online link, which points instead to the video for this 1987 dance-pop smash.

It’s called Rickrolling.Thirty-five years later, Astley is singing it this summer on tour with New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue for the 57-date “The Mixtape Tour 2022.” A remastered version of his 1987 debut album also has been released featuring, of course, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”“I’m never going to have a song as big as that ever, and I kind of knew that while it was happening.

I kind of thought, ‘We’re never going to beat this.’ But I also kind of thought, ‘Well, how bad is that?’”There has always been much more to Astley than just that song.

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