Rick Astley on singing with Roderick Paulate, his thoughts on the music industry
MANILA, Philippines – It may have happened 7 years ago, but singer Rick Astley, perhaps best known for the meme-friendly song "Never Gonna Give You Up," recalled with fondness the first time he came to Manila to sing for his Filipino fans.
Rick, who is in the country to perform at the Theatre at Solaire on Monday, November 30 said that one of those moments would be singing with actor-comedian Roderick Paulate, who is known for singing Rick’s songs.
"One of the crazy memories in fact, I just went on YouTube before to just look again just to be sure that I didn’t dream this – was the guy called Roderick (Paulate). Look somebody said to me ‘This guy might come tonight and he does an impersonation of you...'
"So he was asked if he would come onstage and he was really up for it. But obviously we’re going back 7 years and YouTube at that point, I couldn’t jump on YouTube and look at Roderick who he was , what he does... so I sang the first of it [the song] and bang! He just started singing, wow. He's quite a petite guy but he has this crazy voice…," Rick said.
"We also played in the Araneta and that for me as a kid, is a world-famous place to some degree, for a lot of us put the Philippines right in the spotlight for a long time because of the whole thing with the boxers and the fight," he said referring to the Thrilla in Manila event in the '70s.
Although he took a break in the '90s to start a family, Rick said that he is grateful people never forgot him and that music is still part of his life.
"It doesn’t really matter whether it's music or any kind of art form, and everything else that going on the world changes. But one that remains is that people still move music. It doesn't matter whether they are streamed or downloaded, listen for free, or pay for it. That all doesn't matter, people still love music and they always will.
"I’m lucky that I’m still able to do what I do an I just enjoy it for what it is really. The changes really don’t seem to affect me that much because I’m not in an era right now where you know do what artists do right now – selling records which unless you are Adele, is really difficult. It’s really difficult for artists to release records and make a living selling records like they have to play live, they have to do other things...,” he said.
Asked to whether any of his songs make him cringe, Rick joked: "Take your pick," saying that no singer from the '80s, who is still around, would say that their videos back then were good-looking.
New album and Bruno Mars
Speaking of Filipino artists, Rick did say a little bit about a group that's currently making headlines. Asked his thoughts on reality shows, Rick said: "I don’t really have problem with it at all... I actually watched a bit of it tonight partly because of the 4 Filipino girls (4th Impact) ...it was kind of interesting, pretty amazing I think." (READ:10 things to know about 'X Factor UK' Pinoy girl group 4th Impact)
He had this to say about other artists: "I think Adele is pretty special...I really like Bruno Mars for instance. I think he's great. He reminds me, he's kind of like literally an old soul from a different era to me. When I see him and hear him sing, its like he was born 40 years ago 50 years ago and yet what he does, is really right now. He just has the essence of feeling and doing it from the '60s and '70s so I don't know he's kind of interesting, translating musically," he said.
For his concert, expect Rick to sing some of his classic hits as well as songs he described as something he wouldn't sing normally onstage.
He also said that he is working on a new album and hopes to release a single sometime in January 2016.
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