For people who claim to hate bands, they really love hanging outside music venues
Members from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church have announced that they will picket the upcoming Fall Out Boy show in Kansas City later this month.
The hate-group listed the band’s Sprint Center gig – which is set to take place on September 21 – on their online picket schedule. It also lists a Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper concert that they plan to attend on October 16.
This isn’t the first time that Westboro Baptist Church have targeted Fall Out Boy – back in 2014, they recorded a parody version of the band’s track ‘Thnks fr th Mmrs’ titled ‘Thnk Gd Fr Vrythng’.
The extremist religious group initially gained notoriety for picketing the funerals of US soldiers. In recent years, they have turned their attention – and graphic placards – towards bands, with very little success.
Last year’s picket of the Vans Warped Tour saw five protesters from the church completely outnumbered by the bands on the Warped Tour sharing messages of love. The church left after less than 20 minutes.
The Westboro Baptist Church also had an unsuccessful run-in with Foo Fighters in 2015. The group rode out to meet the protesters in the back of a pick-up truck, playing Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ on a loudspeaker.
The small 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.