Stargazing

Foo Fighters ‘rickroll’ Westboro protesters before Sprint Center concert

By TONY RIZZO

trizzo@kcstar.com

Dave Grohl, frontman for the rock band Foo Fighters, performed Friday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Grohl broke his leg earlier in the tour when he fell off stage and now does the show from his custom-made throne.
Dave Grohl, frontman for the rock band Foo Fighters, performed Friday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Grohl broke his leg earlier in the tour when he fell off stage and now does the show from his custom-made throne. Special to the Star

Before they rocked a Kansas City audience Friday night at the Sprint Center, the Foo Fighters “rickrolled” an infamous group of protesters outside.

Band members piled into a pickup truck and drove past members of the Westboro Baptist Church playing Rick Astley’s 1987 single “Never gonna give you up” and holding signs saying “YOU GOT RICK ROLL’D” and “KEEP IT CLEAN.” Dave Grohl and the rest of the band are seen jamming to the song in the truck’s bed, surrounded by fans.

The Sprint Center captured video of the whole scene, which has lit up social media.

The whole rickroll phenomenon is kind of old by now. As Billboard.com explained, “The song’s video has been used as an Internet meme in which people fool others into watching Astley’s clip since 2007, when the phrase ‘Rickrolling’ was born.”

Leave it to the Foo Fighters to make a rickroll fun again.

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