Thursday, 20 March 2014

Never gonna give him up

Expect something different: Rick Astley hints that he’ll be playing songs he just heard on the radio for fans at his upcoming gig on March 29.

Expect something different: Rick Astley hints that he’ll be playing songs he just heard on the radio for fans at his upcoming gig on March 29.

Eighties pop sensation Rick Astley is all set to thrill fans in Kuala Lumpur.

IN 1987, English singer-songwriter Rick Astley was only 21 when his debut single as a solo artiste topped music charts in 25 countries. Never Gonna Give You Up penned by the famed songwriting trio Stock Aitken Waterman made Astley – former drummer of a band called FBI – a household name.

His debut album Whenever You Need Somebody sold over 15.2 million copies worldwide. Six years later, Astley announced his retirement from the music scene and shifted his focus on family life.

That was not the end of Astley, of course. In 2005, Astley unwittingly became an internet sensation when his music video for Never Gonna Give You Up was used to “rickroll” online users.

He returns to the spotlight with a performance at the Twin Towers Alive concert in Kuala Lumpur on March 29.

In this e-mail interview, Astley talks about “Rickrolling” and plans for the upcoming KL gig.

How do you feel about performing in Kuala Lumpur for the first time?

I always enjoy going somewhere new and if the Grand Prix is in town, then that makes it really exciting.

What can audience expect from your show in KL?

I obviously sing my old hits but I also like to throw in a few new songs just to keep my band on their toes. So I might be playing something I just heard on the radio!

I read that you hope the “Rickrolling” phenomenon does not embarrass your daughter too much. Now that she is much older (Astley’s daughter Emilie is 22 years old), have you already heard of what she thinks about it?

She is just glad that I am enjoying performing and having a good time. She has always told me that she is proud of me, so if that’s what she thinks, I am happy.

Do you remember what is was like hearing about “Rickrolling” for the first time?

I didn’t know what “Rickrolling” was until a few friends in America “rickrolled” me! It’s been a bit of fun and some really creative people have done some crazy things like the Mad Men video.

You were a popular radio deejay at London’s Magic FM. What is your most memorable experience as a deejay on the show?

I have enjoyed interviewing people as I think I have a different angle on where they are “at” as I have been there as well. Not just singers but actors as well.

You released your last studio album in 2005 – are you working on new music at the moment?

I have written some new songs but don’t have a plan on what to do with them at the moment. I might make my mum a cassette for her car!

When can fans expect Rick Astley to drop his next studio album?

The only thing I drop now is my biscuit in my tea sometimes.

Looking back, what is the greatest lesson you’ve learned about your career in music?

Get a good manager and a good lawyer!

Is there anything that you would do differently?

I have no regrets, my life is great!

Lastly, what is your message to fans in KL?

Looking forward to a great weekend. Come have a sing along and and give me some sugar. 

Catch Rick Astley, Rain, Christina Aguilera, Lifehouse, Craig David and Sam Dowden Trio at Twin Towers @Live in Plaza Petronas KLCC on March 28 and 29. Entrance is free.

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment , Rick Astley , Twin Towers Alive , Never Gonna Give You Up


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