EIGHTIES legend Rick Astley is looking forward to his Australian tour this month - but has to get rid of his fear of flying.
After almost 20 years out of the spotlight, the Newton-le-Willows singer has a new album and tour.
He told TNT Magazine: “I wouldn’t say it’s a comeback because I am never going to go back to what it was before.
“Part of me – my ego – says wouldn’t it be great to comeback and be in the charts again, but the reality of that is, no I wouldn’t.
“I’ve never really stopped making music. I’ve been touring – that’s how I pay my gas bill. I’ve actually just written a new album and I’m doing it as a labour of love. I will do a little tour just before we go to Australia and I’ll be doing small venues where I’ll be performing my new songs.”
He will make the journey to Australia this month to play a string of east coast shows.
But he has had to get over his fear of flying. He said: “I have been to therapy about my fear of flying and one of the things I have come down to is that nobody wants to get on a plane to do something that they don’t actually want to do.”
But he admitted the long haul flights are easier “because I can take a couple of tablets and go to sleep.”
Rick Astley will start his Australian tour on November 16 at Tweed Heads, ending in Melbourne on December 1.