Rick Astley says Blossoms are “doing exactly the same” as The Smiths

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“They’re Really, Really, Really Good Live Bands”

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Rick Astley has said that Blossom is “doing exactly the same” as Smith did before his special live show with the Stockport group.

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Astley made an unexpected appearance with Blossom at London’s O2 Kentish Town Forum last week (September 13), joining two acts covering Morrissey and co’s “Panic” and “This Charming Man”.

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It was later announced that two special live shows – billed as ‘The Songs of the Smiths’ – would be held at Astley and Blossom next month in Manchester and London (8 and 9 October respectively) celebrating the iconic band.


talking to daily starwired column (via contact music), the ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ singer explained: “The Smiths were everything. He just did something that was completely different and it turned me on in a major way.

“And the amazing thing is that Blossoms does exactly that and they weren’t even born. It just goes to show that Smith could have moved on but his music would still be here.”

He continued: “The Khils are great. They are a really, really, really good live band.”

Regarding Smith’s importance to him, Astley said: “It meant a great deal to me as a child that there was a band that came from down the road that worked with the same instruments that other bands had in 20 years. have been using for 30 years, like the Stones or the Beatles – but [The Smiths] He did something different, he added a twist to it, and the lyrics had a twist.”

Meanwhile, Smith’s former guitarist Johnny Marr has shared his thoughts on the unexpected Astley/Blossom team-up – describing the cover project as “fun and terrifying at the same time”.


“[…] I met The Blossom a few weeks ago and they chose not to mention it,” he said. “Good.”

Morrissey’s official website also shared a blog post on upcoming concerts, discussing a “futile attempt” to separate the controversial singer as a person from the music she wrote with The Smiths.

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