PICS: Rick Astley at House of Blues San Diego

Rick Astley rolled through House of Blues San Diego with opener Harrison Kipner on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

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Astley first came to prominence with his hit single, "Never Gonna Give You Up."
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By 1993, he had sold about 40 million records worldwide, so you can bet the House of Blues was packed for his recent performance.
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Harrison Kipner, who has a more traditional singer-songwriter flavor, opened the show for Astley.
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Sure, some attendees might have just been there to get rickrolled in person.
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If you're not aware, Astley's flame was re-ignited in 2007 when the Internet decided to make him a meme.
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Rickrolling is a bait and switch prank where the recipient of a link is not taken to the URL destination they expect.
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Instead, they're taken to the music video for Astley's 1987 hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up."
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While it might have been annoying for Astley at first, he seems to have a pretty good sense of humor.
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According to the "Los Angeles Times," he finds it "bizarre and funny."
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If Wednesday night was any indication, then apparently it hasn't hurt his career or attitude in the slightest.
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Believe it or not, he wasn't always a singer.
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Astley got his start as a drummer in the English soul band, FBI.
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With Astley's recent return toward soul and adult contemporary, pairing him with Harrison Kipner seemed to make sense.
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Fun fact: Harrison's dad, Steve Kipner, co-wrote Olivia Newton-John's hit single, "Let's Get Physical."
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So, he's no stranger to living in the shadow of an enormous pop hit.
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