Thanks to rickrolling he became an internet phenomenon. On a recent phone call, Astley mentioned he has new music coming out in the future, but plans on playing much of his last album, 50, live in the upcoming Chicago show.
Windy City Times: So you started singing in the church choir originally?
Rick Astley: Yes—our local vicar just came to the school and picked out the boys who could sing a bit. We used to get paid for weddings. How good is that?
RA: I don't think I will ever forget the experience of making music literally with your voice. Whenever I am with a choir or a group of singers I still get a bit of a thrill out of it. It is very special. There is no instrument to translate to. It is just humans making a noise. When that works it's amazing.
I always have more admiration for backing vocalists than the lead singers sometimes because they are the guys with the chops."