80s icon rolls back into the spotlight
EIGHTIES pop and soul singer Rick Astley will perform at the Ipswich Civic Centre this Saturday.
The world-famous musician's tour comes 25 years after the release of his hit song Never Gonna Give You Up.
His Ipswich show will be the second of his tour from Queensland to Victoria, and will be followed by a concert at Brisbane's Tivoli theatre on Sunday.
Astley returned to the stage in 2004, after leaving the music industry in 1993 at the age of 27.
Since 2004, he has performed with his band The Luddites at concerts supporting The Kings of Leon and The Killers.
Astley's star rose again when his video clip for Never Gonna Give You Up became the material for a hit internet joke and was embraced by Generation Y-ers online.
Ipswich City Council Arts, Community and Cultural Services Committee chairman Charlie Pisasale said this return to fame led to the release of Astley's greatest hits album.
"The power of the internet brought Rick Astley back into the international spotlight in 2008 and, for the first time in 23 years, Australian audiences will experience the songs that shaped his musical career," Cr Pisasale said.
"Rick Astley was one of the world's best known pop stars and sold over 40 million records before his retirement in 1993.
"The now famous Never Gonna Give You Up, released in 1987, spent five weeks at the top of the British Charts, reached number one in 25 countries and was the year's highest selling single."
Tickets cost $69.90 and can be purchased by phoning 3810 6100 or at ipswichciviccentre.com.au.
Rick Astley enjoyed a return to fame after his music video Never Gonna Give You Up became an internet prank sensation.
Called 'Rickrolling', the online joke is a bait and switch prank in which a person provides a purportedly relevant link that actually leads to Astley's video clip.
The viral prank has been extended to real life situations, and Astley himself Rickrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in New York City in 2008.