Watch Foo Fighters Rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church
Call it getting Rick Grohl'd. The Foo Fighters can be seen in the above video disrupting a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church by playing Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" from the back of a pickup.
Seems church members showed up with signs before the Foo Fighters show on Friday (Aug. 21) at the Sprint Center in in Kansas City, Mo., when Dave Grohl and company decided to turn the tables. Taylor Hawkins can be seen holding a hand-written sign that reads, "You Got Rick Roll'd (Again)!"
They stop directly in front of the venue, between the church protesters and a group of fans across the street, and begin a raucous sing- and clap-along. Grohl then blows kisses to the cheering crowd before the Foo Fighters depart.
As Hawkins' sign makes clear, this isn't the first time the Foo Fighters have pushed back against a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church. In 2011, they dressed up in over-the-top hillbilly beards, then played a countrified parody song called "Keep It Clean" from a flat-bed truck.
At one point, Grohl gave an impassioned speech: "God bless America! It takes all kinds. I don't care if you're black or white or purple or green, whether you're Pennsylvanian or Transylvanian, Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, men loving women and women loving men and men loving men and women loving women – you all know we like to watch that. But what I'd like to say is, God bless America, y'all!"
Funnily enough, that 2011 incident also took place in Kansas City.
Astley's '80s-era pop hit first became an internet meme in the late 2000s, when people would try to fool others into watching the original video clip – a prank known as "rickrolling." The White House even got in on it, at one point.
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