Rick Astley's hit (?) "Never Gonna Give You Up" was released in July 1987. The Smiths broke up in July of 1987.
Coincidence ? Proabably ..
But in 2021 - The Smiths are still broken up and Astley has announced he'll be joining UK band Blossoms for two Smiths tribute shows in October - one in London and Manchester.
In advance of these shows - Blossoms brought out Astley, at a London show earlier this week for a 'warm up'... Of course video of them performing classic Smiths single "This Charming Man" has hit the web -along with a rehearsal video of "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now"
Many people are claiming Astley sounds better than Morrissey - but The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is not among them. He took to twitter to say "This is both funny and horrible at the same time." He also tweeted that he'd met Blossoms "a few weeks ago and they elected to not mention it. Nice...Must’ve slipped their minds."