Foo Fighters performed Friday night at Kansas City’s Sprint Center, and is customary anytime Dave Grohl visits the Missouri city, the Westboro Baptist Church was situated outside the venue protesting the gig. In August 2011, the Foo Fighters hijacked the Westboro protests with an impromptu flatbed concert. This time around, the church’s hateful placards and chants were drowned out by the sounds of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” blasting out of a pickup truck with the Foo Fighters onboard.
As video from the scene shows, with the Westboro protestors set up across from the Sprint Center, a pickup truck rounds a nearby corner loudly playing Green Day’s “American Idiot” out of its speakers, a nod to the group that protests everything from Foo Fighters concerts to military funerals. As the pickup approaches, drummer Taylor Hawkins is seen holding a poster that reads “You Got Rick Roll’d (Again)” as Astley’s 1987 single begins to play. Grohl, Pat Smear and Nate Mendel are also seen on the truck along with a colorfully dressed, very muscular associate, the Kansas City Star reports.
Dozens of Foo fans – perhaps anticipating another surprise for the Westboro Baptist Church courtesy of the band – stormed the truck, creating a giant dance party that engulfs the protests. Grohl also held up a sign that read “Keep It Clean,” a reference to the last time the Foo Fighters spoofed the Topeka, Kansas church.
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The Westboro Baptist Church took the rickrolling in stride, tweeting after the counter-protest, “Did @FooFighters just #rickroll us? Oh well!”