The iconic British singer-songwriter and indie-pop heroes are coming together to celebrate the music of The Smiths. Following through on a 2016 interview hint in an interview, Rick Astley and Blossoms will be performing covers at Manchester’s Albert Hall on Friday 8th October and London’s O2 Kentish Town Forum on Saturday 9th October.

Centred around the songs of Morrissey and Johnny Marr and releasing unforgettable hits like This Charming Man and Panic, The Smiths split suddenly and acrimoniously in 1987, leaving fans bereft. Rumours of a reunion have circulated for the past three decades, but have never been realised, with chances appearing more remote than ever.

Rick Astley, launched by his 1987 mega-hit, Never Gonna Give You Up, cemented into popular culture with the phenomenon of Rickrolling and adding to his 40 million album sales with the success of the 2016’s Number One album, 50. Blossoms, themselves part of the British pop firmament with two, Number One albums to their name, including their Mercury Music Award-nominated, self-titled 2016 debut, have frequently covered songs by The Smiths, including Bigmouth Strikes Again as part of their live sets.

Blossoms frontman, Tom Ogden says: “The Smiths have always meant so much to Blossoms, with even their rainiest songs complete with wry humour and soul-reaching musicianship and melody.”

Rick Astley says: “From the moment The Smiths emerged in 1983 I was hooked and it’s as a fan, with deep respect as a musician for Morrissey, Marr, Rourke and Joyce, that I’ll be joining the endlessly enthusiastic and talented Blossoms on stage to sing their songs.”

For tickets visit seetickets.com. For more information about Rick Astley and Blossoms’ future releases and performances, including The Songs Of The Smiths, connect with them online at: rickastley.co.uk and blossomsband.co.uk

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