March 17, 2018 / 2:13 PM

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Foo Fighters Rickroll the Westboro Baptist Church Mid Protest


Friday night, the Westboro Baptist Church decided to hold a smaller-scale protest outside of the Foo Fighters' Kansas City gig. Their plan backfired, however, when Dave Grohl and company decided to pile into a pick up truck and rickroll the protest themselves.

Members of the Foo drove past the Westboro Baptist Church, blasting Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" from the back of their pick-up truck, NME notes. Church members showed up to the Sprint Center fully equipped with signs before the band decided to interject. Foo Fighters drummer, Taylor Hawkins, paraded a hand-written sign that read "You Got Rick Roll'd (Again)!" Rickrolling pranks first began as an Internet meme that gained popularity in the late 2000s. Acting as a bait and switch, one person sends a gag hyperlink to a friend, which leads them to Astley's music video.

The rockers stopped right in front of the venue in the midst of church protesters and die-hard Foo fans, inciting a sing and clap along. The former Nirvana front man continued to blow kisses to the surrounding crowd before going their separate ways. As Hawkins signs hints, this isn't the first time the two groups shared a run-in.

In 2011, the Foo Fighters dressed head to toe in hillbilly gear, sporting beards while performing country parody song "Keep It Clean" from a flat-bed truck in front of the protest, UltimateClasicRock reports. Also in Kansas City, Grohl then delivered a passionate speech: "God bless America! It takes all kinds. I don't care if you're black or white or purple or green, whether you're Pennsylvanian or Transylvanian, Lady Gaga or Lady Antebellum, men loving women and women loving men and men loving men and women loving women - you all know we like to watch that. But what I'd like to say is, God bless America, y'all!"

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