Dave Grohl said Foo Fighters decided to RickRoll the Westboro Baptist Church this weekend because “nothing says love like a little Rick Astley in your life”.
As reported, footage emerged of the group riding out to meet the protesters in the back of a pick-up truck before a gig in Kansas on Friday (August 21). They were playing Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ on a 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:
Speaking at the band’s gig in Kansas City on Friday, Grohl explained why he and his bandmates reacted to Westboro Baptist Church in the way they did.
“Well, tonight we were sitting backstage, and someone said: ‘Guess who is coming tonight?’ And I said: ‘Who?’ They said: ‘Them.’ I said: ‘Why?’ They said: ‘Cause.’ And I said, ‘Cool, let’s go out and fuckin’ hang out with them for a bit.’ So we didn’t have enough time to put together the big old show that we put on last time, so we figured, you know what, why don’t we just fucking RickRoll their ass? Cause nothing says love like a little Rick Astley in your life, you know what I’m saying? Never gonna give his ass up!”
He continued: “So I’m going to dedicate this song to all the people who go out and speak their mind, to stand up for what they think is right, because every time we got to stand up in this city in front of them, we do it because we feel like we’re standing up for what we think is right.”
Foo Fighters previously reacted to the controversial Baptists in August 2011; having been made aware of their presence outside one of their gigs in Kansas City the band rode out in costume and sang ‘Keep It Clean’.
Foo Fighters recently released extra tickets for their September 5 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. They will also play Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on September 8. Royal Blood will open for that show.