Dave Grohl explains Westboro Baptist Church protest
25 August 2015
Yesterday, we reported on the Foo Fighter's interrupting the protest by the Westboro Baptist Church prior to their Friday night show in Kansas City.
The band went on a truck and blasted Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give You Up, more popularly knowing as "rickrolling", while carrying signs with messages to the group.
That night, Dave Grohl and the band took the stage and, before performing My Hero, Grohl told the crowd the reason for their action:
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 stand up for what they believe in. I'm going to dedicate this song for 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.