BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
Rick Astley will hit the road for his first tour since 1989 and visit Atlanta in February.
The British soul-pop singer known for his timeless ‘80s hits “Never Gonna Give You Up,” “Together Forever” and “Cry for Help,” recently released “50,” his first U.S. album since 1993.
Astley will launch his tour Jan. 21 in Las Vegas and play Center Stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 9. Tickets are $35 (advance) and $39 (day of show) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 via www.ticketmaster.com, the venue box office and by calling 1-800-745-3000.
The baby-faced singer with the big voice has remained a pop culture staple thanks to the practice of the years-long Internet prank “Rickrolling,” in which a disguised hyperlink is used to post Astley’s video for “Never Gonna Give You Up,” thus tricking viewers who thought they were clicking on relevant topic.
In case you forgot about Rickrolling:
In 2008, good-sport Astley Rickrolled the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade himself:
And here is Astley performing the new song, “Pray with Me”: