What a music filled weekend it was! The Grammy Awards honored contemporary artists Sunday night.   And I got to see an award-winning musician from the 80s who’s still going strong.
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Rick Astley sang his megahit “Never Gonna Give You Up” at the very end of a fabulous show in Philly  Saturday night. It was a sweet way to wrap up his 2 hour performance which included hits from his  heyday, plus songs from his new album, “50.”

  • At age 51, Astley sang every song with passion and soul. His vocals sound as good now as they did 3
    decades ago. It’s hard to believe anyone ever doubted his vocal abilities. (Remember when he first came on the scene, people were accusing him of being the fake frontman for another soul singer?)
    Physically, Astley was in top shape. He’s one of those people who doesn’t seem to age.   His new songs showcase his soulful baritone beautifully. Some are upbeat with a dance groove. Others are thought provoking ballads.
    The highlight of the night was seeing him perform cover versions of Uptown Funk, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, and Nat King Cole’s When I Fall In Love. Those pleasant surprises intermixed with his engaging
    chats with the audience proved this guy loves to sing. And he’s seemingly very happy to be back
    on stage.
    With sold-out shows in the UK and a tour and album that are getting great reviews, I’m excited
    to think we’re going to see a lot more of Rick Astley in the future.
    Were you a fan of Rick Astley back in the day?