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

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.

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