Foo Fighters performed at Bonner Springs, KS’s Azura Amphitheater last night, though the bigger story is what went on outside the venue. Ahead of the show, the band donned their disco alter egos, Dee Gees, to have a little fun at the expense of the Westboro Baptist Church.
The Calvinist hate group has a history of protesting outside Foo Fighters concerts and taking particular aim at frontman Dave Grohl. Yesterday’s contingent carried such topical signs as “God sent the Coronavirus in Fury” and the group’s smash hit, “God Hates Pride.”
In response to the gathering, Grohl and his bandmates decided to lively up the hate rally by driving by in the bed of a flatbed truck. With the entire group dressed up like they were about to hit Studio 54, Grohl fought hate with love as he told the crowd, “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,” Grohl said from the back of a moving truck. “Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? Can’t you just love everybody? Cause 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!”
That was the band’s cue, as the entire ensemble proceeded to bust into a cover of Bee Gees‘ “You Should Be Dancing“. Foo Fighters recently released Hail Satin, an album featuring numerous covers of the disco hitmakers as their alter egos, Dee Gees. And if there’s anywhere that could use a shot of disco dust-fueled ’70s nostalgia, it’s a gathering by a homophobic, antisemitic, anti-American, and, well, anti-everything hate group.
Dave Grohl & The Foo Fighters trolled the Westboro Baptist Church outside their concert in Kansas tonight. PLAYING DISCO. pic.twitter.com/Ci2yh1M7QR
— talkie (@Talkie86) August 6, 2021
Foo Fighters troll Westboro Baptist Church – Bonner Springs, KS – 8/5/21
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This is far from Grohl and company’s first run-in with the Westboro Baptist Church. Per NME, the two have had a tempestuous relationship dating back to 2011 when the band broke up another Westboro protest in Kansas with a similar stunt in which they performed “Keep It Clean”, a song that highlights “hot man muffins.” The band “rickrolled” another Westboro gathering in 2015 by blasting Rick Astley‘s “Never Gonna Give You Up”.