Foo Fighters Remind Us Of The Joys Of Rickrolling
The Westboro Baptist Church is picketing at the entrance of one of your shows in a Bible Belt state. What do you do? Well, if you’re one of the biggest rock’n’roll bands in the world, you bring a beloved internet meme back from the dead.
This past Friday members of the notorious anti-gay hate group picketed an upcoming Foo Fighters show, standing at the entrance of the Sprint Center in Kansas City holding signs with slogans like “No Special Laws 4 Fags” and “God H8s Fags”.
With not a single fuck given, Dave Grohl and the gang rolled up to the venue in the back of a pickup truck blaring Rick Astley’s iconic 1987 hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, setting off a giant dance party in the process. Onlookers cheered on as the band held up signs that read, “You Got Rick Roll’d Again” and “Keep It Clean”. If you thought the situation couldn’t get any better, a man wearing a purple shirt and budgie smugglers tighter than Tony Abbott’s joined in on the fun.
Addressing the crowd at the Foos’ show later that night, Grohl explained the band’s thinking behind their stunt, before launching into the classic “My Hero”:
“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! 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 get 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.”
The RickGrohl, as it’s been dubbed, isn’t the first time the stadium rock band and the church have come to blows. Back in 2011, the Fooeys countered the church’s picketing of their Kansas City show by playing “Keep It Clean (Hot Buns)” while dressed as Southern truckers on a flatbed truck covered in American flags.
In response to the band upstaging the protests, the church responded with their own take on the rick roll. It has since been retweeted 15 times.