KANSAS CITY. Mo. — Famed rock band Foo Fighters got back at the Westboro Baptist Church Friday night when the infamous protest group was demonstrating outside a Kansas City, Mo., venue at which the band intended to play.
Fan footage shows the band riding a pickup truck and blaring the 1987 Rick Astley hit, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” by the Sprint Center as demonstrators gathered outside the arena.
A clip was uploaded to YouTube Saturday and already has more than 1 million views. In it a member of the band can be seen holding a poster that reads, “You Got Rick Roll’d (Again).”
“Never Gonna Give You Up” is a popular song which Internet users try and trick others into watching. According to Billboard.com, the term “Rickrolled” was used for the prank beginning in 2007.
Rolling Stone reports Friday night’s incident wasn’t the first time the Westboro Baptist Church has protested outside a Foo Fighters concert. The magazine notes it’s “customary” for the group to demonstrate whenever the rockers are in Kansas City.
In 2011, Foo Fighters, clad in wigs, surprised the group in a counter-protest by serenading them with country music from a flatbed truck outside the same venue.
The Westboro Baptist Church tweeted after the most recent counter-protest Friday, “Did @FooFighters just #rickroll us? Oh well!”
The Westboro Baptist Church is an unaffiliated church based in Topeka, Kan., that routinely speaks out and demonstrates against the LGBT community, among other groups. It has also demonstrated outside several American soldiers’ funerals, often with signs reading, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”