Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rick Astley Pranks His Fans, Rick Rolls Concert-Goers

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND– 80’s pop star Rick Astley maliciously duped his fans during a concert held at the Northhampton Balloon Festival this last weekend.  After finishing up a soulful cover of Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall In Love”, his devotees were eagerly expecting a smooth transition into the fan favorite “Together Forever”.  Little did they know, they were to fall victim to the most iconic of bait-and-switch pranks, the Rick Roll.

Astley caught everyone by surprise when he suddenly launched into the 1987 chart topper “Never Gonna Give You Up”, leaving the audience redfaced and mouths open in disbelief, collectively realizing that they had just been fooled.

“We were all very much enjoying the show,” recalled Oxford resident Celia Thompson, “…and then he really got us good.”

The mood of the 800-plus crowd knew that something was dreadfully wrong as soon as Astley started into the troublingly familiar lyrics “We’re no strangers to love. You know the rules and so do I…..”.

“I just can’t believe I fell for that…again” Thompson said, referring to the Music-a-ganza Festival in Bedford last summer when Astley maliciously Rick Roll’d 1,200 fans who were expecting to hear songs off his most recent album Portrait.

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