British '80s pop heart-throb Rick Astley has been forced to cancel two gigs in America after authorities refused him a work permit.

The 38-year-old singer, who topped the UK charts with hits NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP and TOGETHER FOREVER, was due to entertain a hardcore group of states-based fans at New York's exclusive Supper Club over the weekend (06/07NOV04) - but never made it past immigration officials.

A source reveals, "He has a lot of fans in the US and he hates to let them down."

09/11/2004 13:29