Seattle Sounders’ fans yesterday produced one of the strangest tributes ever seen in a football stadium.
In order to create a powerful display of support during the derby match against bitter rivals Portland Timbers, they turned to the immortal lyrics of … Rick Astley
Yep, those are the lyrics to 1987 hit Never Gonna Give You Up.
“Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
“Never gonna run around and desert you
“Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
“Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you.”
Guys. Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up just played to 50K+ on the CenturyLink video board while the Timbers tifo went up.— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) August 22, 2016
Timbers roll out a pregame tifo. The script underneath: “forever insufferable.”
Sounders video board Rickrolls it. Yes. Yes. YES.— Sounders Matchday (@LIVESounders) August 22, 2016
Fan site weareecs.com explained the unusual tifo: “Beyond still being an internet meme 30 years later, Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" is a love song.
"It is an anthem of deep commitment and devotion. The lyrics speak to the same themes that every supporter from around the world sings to his or her club.”
The tribute appeared to do the trick, as the Sounders won the match 3-1.
Rick Astley and football - a match made in heaven.