Foo Fighters respond to Westboro Baptist Church protest with Rickroll

The band danced to Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up' in front of the protest line

A small protest by Westboro Baptist Church outside Foo Fighters‘ gig in Kansas City, Missouri was foiled by the band themselves on Friday night (21 August).

Footage has emerged of the group riding out to meet the protesters in the back of a pick-up truck, playing Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ on loudspeaker and holding signs reading ‘Keep It Clean’ and ‘You got Rickroll’d (again)’.

The Westboro protest group was soon dwarfed by a cheering crowd of Foo Fighters fans who surrounded the pick-up truck and clapped as the band danced inside. See what happened below:

This is not the first time the band has been protested by the Westboro Baptist Church. In August 2011, having been made aware of the group’s presence outside one of their gigs in Kansas City, they rode out in costume and sang ‘Keep It Clean’. See the band’s official footage of the moment below:

Foo Fighters recently released extra tickets for their 5 September gig in Milton Keynes. The band were forced to scrap their European tour in June when Dave Grohl sustained a broken leg at a gig in Sweden. UK gigs in London and Edinburgh were cancelled, along with a headline slot at Glastonbury Festival.

They recently confirmed that they will play two shows at Milton Keynes Bowl on September 5 and 6, with Iggy Pop supporting the band at the gigs. They will also play Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on September 8. Royal Blood will open for that show.

A statement from the band upon announcing the three shows read: “You have always stood by our band, and we will always stand by you. Like I say at every show, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you guys. And I mean that. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I will do everything I can to come back and give you a night to remember for the rest of your lives as soon as possible.”
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