The tour melds the top 40 radio of that time with pop, R&B and hip-hop.
Astley’s popularity has only grown over the years, thanks in part to the jokey “Rick Roll” bit on YouTube in the late 2000s when people expecting one thing end up getting a clip of “Never Gonna Give You Up” instead. The now iconic 1987 pop song even showed up in a recent episode of Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso” during a funeral. And Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters has expressed his love for the crooner.
En Vogue was one of the biggest R&B groups in the early 1990s with massive hits like “My Lovin’ " and “Free Your Mind.” And they had a top 3 hit with “Whatta Man” with Salt-n-Pepa in 1993, an enduring rhythmic dance song that ended up ranked No. 14 for the year on the Billboard Top 100.
Salt-n-Pepa, who were featured in a Lifetime biopic earlier this year, were one of the first female hip-hop acts that crossed over into the pop world courtesy of “Push It” in 1987 and later with “Let’s Talk About Sex” (1991) and “Shoop” (1993).
This tour, like the 2019 one, is called “Mixtape” for a reason. That tour grossed $53.2 million and sold more than 650,000 tickets.
“Just like a mixtape, these shows are going to take audiences through all the emotions,” said Donnie Wahlberg in a press release. “To be able to have Salt-N-Pepa come back and now also have the iconic and legendary Rick Astley & En Vogue join the tour… we could not be more excited.”