Foo Fighters versus Westboro Baptist Church round three.
As the Dave Grohl-fronted band continues its national tour, the rockers have encountered some surprises — including a postponed concert, fighting off anti-vaxxers and a guest appearance from Dave Chappelle.
The latest surprise involves the Westboro Baptist Church protesting the band’s Aug. 5 show in Bonner Springs, Kan. The protestors were standing outside of the Azura Amphitheater, waving an array of signs that read “No Peace for the Wicked” and “God Hates Your Idols.”
In the ultimate troll, the band drove up in a flatbed truck each sporting Bee Gees influenced outfits — inspired by their new alter egos the “Dee Gees,” the tour’s latest gimmick
Grohl, 52, addressed the crowd right before the band covered the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing.”
“Ladies and gentlemen, I got something to say,” he said. “Because you know what? I love you! I do. The way I look at it, I love everybody. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? Can’t you just love everybody? Because I think it’s about love. That’s what I think. I deliver all of my love, and you shouldn’t be hating. You know what you should be doing? You should be dancing!”
Grohl and his bandmates are no strangers to Westboro Baptist Church protests. A decade ago, similar to the most recent confrontation, the band performed an impromptu flatbed concert to troll protesters. Then again in 2015, the band pulled a gag on protestors in Kansas City when the group Rickrolled the crowd, eventually drowning out chants and subsequently creating a “giant dance party.”
After the latest showdown, it’s safe to say the Foo Fighters are three for three against the Westboro Baptist Church protestors.