Pop star Rick Astley was a surprise guest at the Manchester MEN Arena on the first night of Peter Kay’s latest sold-out tour. The reclusive singer played a selection of his own hits as well as a medley of Manchester bands that included The Smiths. He’ll support Kay on the tour’s remaining nineteen dates in Manchester. Writing on his website, Kay said: “The morning after the first night before – well I’m speechless and if the rest of the tour is anything like last night it is going to be an unbelievable journey.” The tour – The Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour – will reportedly gross an estimated £26m in ticket sales and includes shows at London’s O2, the Glasgow SECC and the Sheffield Arena. More than 750,000 tickets have already been sold.
Astley pops up with Peter Kay