Watch Rick Astley & Blossoms Cover Smiths Songs In Manchester

Watch Rick Astley & Blossoms Cover Smiths Songs In Manchester

Last month, Rick Astley announced that he planned to team up with indie-pop outfit Blossoms for two Smiths cover shows. Well, Astley and his backing band have officially made good on the first show, playing a round of Smiths songs at Albert Hall in the beloved post-punk band’s own hometown of Manchester. (Bold!) If you don’t live anywhere near Manchester (or tomorrow night’s location, London), worry not: there’s plenty of fan-shot footage of Astley and Blossoms performing “What Difference Does It Make,” “This Charming Man,” and other classics.

Watch some fan-shot videos below:

Astley’s original announcement, as you might recall, was not especially well-received by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who tweeted, “This is both funny and horrible at the same time” in response to a video of Astley and Blossoms’ “This Charming Man” cover.

Marr continued, adding that Blossoms neglected to mention the plans to him when they met recently. “I’ve got no problem with tribute bands or with anyone doing anyone’s songs good or bad,” he tweeted. “I’ve got no problem with Rick Astley. There’s a back story. That’s that.”

SETLIST:
“What Difference Does It Make?”
“Bigmouth Strikes Again”
“Still Ill”
“Reel Around The Fountain”
“Cemetry Gates”
“Ask”
“Hand In Glove”
“Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”
“The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”
“Girlfriend In A Coma”
“Well I Wonder”
“Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”
“Panic”
“William, It Was Really Nothing”
“Barbarism Begins At Home”
“Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

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