Rick Astley is a known Foo Fighters fan, and now he’s uploaded a cover of one of the band’s best know hits; 1997’s ‘Everlong’.
Yeah, we know what you’re thinking… but no this is a completely legitimate cover of the classic track and NOT a rickroll. We promise!
“Sometimes you just have to find a song that’s going to lift your spirits and put you in another place,” says Astley, before launching into a pretty impressive ‘Everlong’ rendition.
The singer-songwriter has been uploading a few different covers of his favourite tracks including ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ by Bill Withers a few months back. He also covered his most famous track, ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, with a delicate piano accompaniment.
‘Everlong’ originally featured on Foo Fighers’ 1997 album The Colour And The Shape.
Even commentators on YouTube had to give Astley props for his effort. “This has to be the single most unexpected thing I’ve ever seen on YouTube,” said one.
“2020 is super weird. I now unironically love Rick Astley,” added another.
Though you might think it a bit weird, Rick Astley actually has a long affinity and friendship with Dave Grohl and the Fooeys. In 2019 he publicly said he’d be keen to release a charity single with the band.
Foo Fighers have also brought Astley out on stage to perform ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’, ann Grohl has since labelled Astley “the seventh Foo Fighter”.
“Rick is the man.” he said “The seventh Foo Fighter. He’s such a sweetheart.”
“I love that he gets nervous before playing. He’s Rick Astley! It’s like he’s Muhammad Ali! You just wouldn’t be nervous, but he’s such a good guy.”
Astley also uploaded another cover of ‘Everlong’ five years ago, but we reckon this version is better.