“Saturday night in Dee-troit!” Rick Astley proclaimed a few times at the city’s Saint Andrews Hall. The proclamation allowed the resurgent British singer to roll a bit looser than he has on his current North American tour.
Astley used the Motor City occasion to make a few special additions to his regular set list. Mid-show he spoke about being “truly inspired” by a visit to “a certain museum” (Detroit’s Motown Historical Museum in the label’s original headquarters) and particularly by hanging and singing the Temptations’ “My Girl” in Studio A.
“We were inspired, so we’re gonna do ‘My Girl,'” Astley said, doing his own take on the Temptations Walk during the performance. “They don’t write ’em like that anymore, do they?” he said afterwards. “They write some good ‘uns, but they don’t write ’em like that.”
The Saturday night (April 21) encore featured a couple of other special moments. Astley and company dropped the usual rendition of AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” in favor of Foo Fighters’ “Everlong,” laughing as the ensemble botched the song’s opening.
“Put that on YouTube!” commanded Astley, who’s performed his hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” with Foo Fighters on several occasions, adding, “It’s live!”
Astley and the band also played a couple of licks from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” before it’s mash-up of his “Take Me To Your Heart” and Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” stopping short of playing the whole song though the band seemed like it was up for it.
Astley has three more shows left on the trek, which continues Sunday in Cleveland and wraps up Thursday in Milwaukee.