Watch Rick Astley Cover AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’
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No, this isn’t a Rickroll. Rick Astley is back, and he’s covering AC/DC.
Yahoo! Music alerts us to the pop singer’s latest performance of “Highway to Hell,” which he delivered during his encore set at the Troubadour in Los Angeles last night. Astley, currently on tour in support of his recent self-performed, self-penned 50 LP, made two Stateside appearances during the trip — one in L.A., and one in New York.
For those who haven’t kept tabs on Astley since his ’80s heyday, “Highway to Hell” no doubt comes across as a surprising cover choice. But as Yahoo! notes, it’s been something of a staple in his set list over the years — and the fact that he’s at the drum kit for the song, which might seem odd to those who remember him crooning over mechanized beats all those years ago, is really a return to roots for Astley, who started out his music career as a drummer.
After watching his commercial fortunes wane in the early ’90s, Astley slowed his musical output; prior to his latest album, his most recent release of original material came in 2001, with the German-only Keep It Turned On LP. The extended hiatus evidently increased demand for new music: Upon its arrival in the U.K. earlier this year, 50 peaked at No. 1, becoming his first chart-topping effort in nearly 30 years.
50, which does not include Astley’s version of “Highway to Hell,” arrives in U.S. stores on Oct. 7. Check out fan-shot footage of the performance above.
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