Dave Grohl discussed Foo Fighters’ recent RickRolling of the Westboro Baptist Church before performing “My Hero” at a recent concert.
“You can’t just sit there and do nothing, you got to go out there, and say what you wanna say, so we did. 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 got 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.”
After hearing that Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) was going to protest the Foo Fighters Friday, August 21st concert at the Kansas City Sprint Center, Dave Grohl and company ‘Rick Rolled’ WBC who were protesting in front of the venue. The flamboyant counter protest included the band in the back of a truck which was also blasting the Rick Astley hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” while drummer Taylor Hawkins waved a sign that read ‘You Got Rick Roll’d, Again’ and his drum tech sporting nothing but thong underwear below the waist.
During the Foo Fighters set, Dave Grohl dedicated My Hero to those who “fight for what they believe in” in reference to U.S. soldiers who WBC often protest against.
The WBC Vs Foo Fighters protest/counter protest started in 2011 when WBC declared the Foo Fighters teachers of “fornication, adultery, and idolatry” and also referenced their pro stance on gay rights. WBC went on to say “people in this nation have sinned away their day of grace and have so enraged their God that you are seeing new outpourings of his wrath continually. We will be there to remind you that the day of your destruction is upon you, even as you vainly seek comfort in the frivolities of this life.”
Here is the footage from the 2011 protest/counter protest.