Rick Astley speaks about positive fan reactions to his career comeback

'It's been really, really nice': 80s pop icon Rick Astley speaks about positive fan reactions to his career comeback and his upcoming Australian tour

By Joe Scek For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 03:53 GMT, 9 February 2020 | Updated: 03:53 GMT, 9 February 2020

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He's the 80s pop icon whose breakout hit Never Gonna Give You Up transformed him from a local crooner to an overnight global pop sensation.

And now, Rick Astley, who quit music in 1993 at the height of his stardom, is continuing his career revival with an Australian tour later this month.

In a candid interview, the English singer sat down with The Daily Telegraph on Sunday to discuss how 'everything has changed' for him in the past five years.

'It's been really, really nice': 80s pop icon Rick Astley speaks about positive fan reactions to his career comeback and his upcoming Australian tour

'It's been really, really nice': 80s pop icon Rick Astley speaks about positive fan reactions to his career comeback and his upcoming Australian tour 

Rick made a cultural comeback in 2007, becoming an Internet phenomenon when the music video for Never Gonna Give You Up became integral to the meme known as 'rickrolling'. 

He then broke his 23-year hiatus from music in 2016 with the album '50', and follow-up 'Beautiful Life' album in 2018. 

'Everything has changed a little bit here because of 50 going to No. 1,' Rick said of his comeback album becoming a hit among fans. 

He added: 'When I go into a coffee shop here and people recognise me, the bizarre thing is that’s been really, really nice.'   

Overnight success! Rick, who was only 19 years old when the song came out in 1987, said he often felt 'under pressure' with the trials and tribulation of fame at the time

Overnight success! Rick, who was only 19 years old when the song came out in 1987, said he often felt 'under pressure'

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