Grammy-winning American rock band The Foo Fighters have just made headlines for trolling the Westboro Baptist Church--again.
Before their August 5 concert in Bonner Springs, Kansas, The Foo Fighters epically trolled the Westboro Baptist Church for protesting the band outside of the Azura Amphitheater where the concert was about to take place.
The Westboro Baptist Church, which has protested The Foo Fighters on more than one occasion, is a religious Baptist organization founded in Topeka, Kansas. They stage ultra-conservative and often homophobic protests (often times at funerals) and are regularly referred to as an inflammatory hate group.
In this instance, the Church members were protesting outside of the amphitheater where The Foo Fighters were about to perform, holding signs with slogans such as:
"God sent the Coronavirus in fury."
"God hates Pride" (this is most likely referencing LGBTQIA Pride).
And "Free will is a Satanic lie."
The Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl then decided to troll the hate group by dressing up as their disco alter egos, The Dee Gees, a reference to famous disco group The Bee Gees.
Grohl and the rest of the group, in their 1970's style Dee Gee attire, then rolled up to the Church group on a flatbed truck where the group performed their rendition of The Bee Gees' "You Should be Dancing."
During the performance, Grohl had some wise words for the hate group:
"Alright now, ladies and gentlemen, I got something to say. Because you know what, I love you."
"I do! The way I look at it, is that I love everybody. Isn't that what you're supposed to do? Can't you just love everybody? Cos I think it's about love! That's what I think, we're all about love. And you shouldn't be hating, you know what you should be doing? You should be dancing!"
Grohl even encouraged the Church protesters to join in by singing and dancing.
Watch the video here:
This is not the first run-in The Foo Fighters have had with the Westboro Baptist Church.
The band first started by trolling a Westboro Baptist Church protest back in 2011, where the Church had been staging one of their homophobic protests. The band crashed the protest by performing the song "Keep it Clean", which had some suggestive lyrics regarding "hot man muffins."
Following this, the two groups had another run-in in 2015 when the Church were protesting another Foo Fighters concert. Grohl responded to this by "rickrolling" the hate group, drowing out their protest by blasting Rick Astley's classic hit "Never Gonna Give You Up."
When interviewed after the iconic "rickroll", Grohl said:
"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 f*ckin' hang out with them.'"
"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 f*cking 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!"
Thus, when the Church protested their most recent August 5 concert in Kansas, the band decided to go all-out in response.
The decision to troll the hate group as their disco alter egos The Dee Gees came after the band debuting their first Dee Gees album titled Hail Satin earlier this year.
The album is filled with covers of The Bee Gees, live songs from The Foo Fighters newest album Medicine at Midnight, and a cover of Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing."
Unfortunately, the hate group didn't respond to Grohl's call for love, later responding on Twitter about the band's most recent trolling attempt:
"Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl claims he loves everybody and Westboro Baptist does not. Hello! There's no love in encouraging sin. Someone might accuse Dave of being a … Pretender."
The Foo Fighters' trolling of the Westboro Baptist Church has Twitter users applauding, including Star Wars actor Mark Hamill:
The Foo Fighters will continue their world tour through 2022, hopefully trolling the Westboro Baptist Church whenever possible.