Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church Again

Posted: Aug 24 2015, 6:30am CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News


Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church Again
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  • The Foo Fighters rickrolled Westboro Baptist Church on Aug. 21.
  • The band also rickrolled the same church in Sept. 2011.

The Foo Fighters rickrolled the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas City on Aug. 21. Their entourage rode a pickup truck. They put up signs and danced to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" as a counter-protest to the church. It didn't want the band performing in its city. The Foo Fighters held a concert last Friday at the Sprint Center.

The Foo Fighters have rickrolled Westboro Baptist Church again. 

Dozens of protesters from the church rallied across the Sprint Center. This was the venue of the Foo Fighters' concert on Aug. 21.'s Daniel Kreps reported on the development. 

As they were protesting, a pickup truck comes out of a nearby corner. As it comes out, it plays Green Day's "American Idiot" from its speakers. The truck then comes to a stop in front of the protesters.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins holds up a sign which says, "You Got Rick Roll'd (Again)." While he does this, the pickup truck plays Rick Astley's 1987 hit, "Never Gonna Give You Up." The Kansas City Star's Tony Rizzo was at the scene. 

Lead vocalist Dave Grohl and his other bandmates were jamming at the back of the truck, per Rizzo. As soon as the truck pulls over, dozens of Foo Fighter fans gathered around the vehicle. 

Grohl put up a sign which says "Keep It Clean." This is a reference to the last time the Foo Fighters rickrolled the Westboro Baptist Church in 2011. 

Grohl and Co. sang "Keep It Clean" in front of that same church in Sept. 2011. The Westboro group picketed outside the Sprint Center.'s Sean Michaels notest the group is anti-gay. "Keep It Clean" happens to be a gay love song. 

The Foo Fighters burst into the scene riding a lorry with hay bales and American flags. Grohl put on a wig and a cowboy hat while he was on board, per Michaels. 

"How we all doing?" Grohl yelled. "We got a song for 'ya!"

The band then sang "Keep It Clean." 

Grohl had a special message for the Westboro Baptist Church crowd, per Michaels:

"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, it takes all kinds! Men loving women, and women loving men, and men loving men, and women loving women...God Bless America!"

Michaels says the Foo Fighters did an encore of the song inside the Sprint Center.

The late Westboro pastor Fred Phelps criticized the Foo Fighters that year. He cites the band's release of its "Hot Buns" video in Aug. 2011, per Michaels.

Phelps believed the Foo Fighters embodied everything contrary to Biblical teaching. He wrote this on his church's website, per

"The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people in this doomed nation: hard-hearted, hell-bound and hedonistic. (The Foo Fighters) have a platform and should be using it to encourage obedience to God; instead they teach every person who will listen all things contrary to him: fornication, adultery, fags."

Phelps became the pastor of Westboro Baptist Church in 1955. It has made its share of headlines. Michaels says it held pickets at the funerals of Michael Jackson and Ronnie James Dio. 

In another development, the band's HBO series has four Emmy Awards nominations.

Grohl told on Aug. 18 he's a bit anxious about the outcome:

"It's just going to be such a crazy night. I just can't imagine. I think I'll feel like that kid who is the new kid at school. I'll probably just sit down, with my back up against the wall, just nervous, and waiting to see who is going to want to talk to me.

"I have a little bit of social anxiety. It might seem hard to imagine, but in rooms like that, I kind of clam up. I mean put me at the f---ing Grammys, and I know everybody there, and I've got a bottle of whiskey in my hands the whole time, but we'll see what happens."

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.




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