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Rick-Grohl! Dave Grohl surprises London concertgoers by bringing singer Rick Astley on stage


Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs onstage on Feb. 2, 2019. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for DIRECTV)

The crowd got Grohl-rolled.

Foo Fighters singer Dave Grohl thrilled a packed house at London’s Moth Club Friday by bringing pop star Rick Astley on stage to sing his 1987 mega hit “Never Gonna’ Give You Up.”

The surprise appearance amounted to a live version on a popular Internet meme called “Rick-Rolling,” where footage of Astley singing is interspersed with unrelated video where it isn’t expected.

Grohl started singing “Never Gonna’ Give You Up” Friday night while Astley sat quietly behind the drum kit keeping time. Roughly midway through the song, Astley walked to the front of the stage and sang the song himself while Grohl played guitar.

That song topped the pop charts in 25 countries and earned was voted Best British Single at the 1998 Brit Awards.

Grohl and Foo Fighters were filmed doing a different kind of Rick-Roll in 2015 when they drove past anti-gay rights protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church blasting “Never Gonna’ Give You Up” as the evangelical group picketed outside a Missouri music venue where the band was set to perform. The band and their friends danced suggestively in the back of a pickup truck as they rolled past the right-wing hate group. Foo Fighters drummer help us a sign stating “You Got Rick Roll’d (Again)" as the truck passed.

Foo Fighters are wrapping up a tour of the U.K. this week before making stops in Kentucky and Tennessee before going to South America for three dates. They’ll play Las Vegas in December.