Watch the Foo Fighters and Rick Astley Rickroll a Music Festival Crowd

While headlining the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, the Foo Fighters refused to pass up a chance to bring an internet meme to life. After performing a number of their own hits on Sunday, Grohl and his bandmates invited none other than Rick Astley onstage to assist them with their next song.

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“We just learned this today. Ladies and gentleman, would you please welcome our new best friend, Rick Astley,” Grohl asked of the audience. Astley just so happened to be in town as part of the festival lineup as well. “This is f—ing crazy,” he admitted, “I just met him two minutes ago.”

“C’mon, you motherf—ers!” Astley shouted at the crowd as the band began playing the instrumental for “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

However, Astley decided to Rickroll the entire audience when he ditched the classic Nirvana track at the last second in favor of singing his own lyrics to “Never Gonna Give You Up” over the music instead — and it fit perfectly.

The audience seemed pleasantly surprised.

The mashup can be viewed above.

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    1. Have none of your writers ever browsed YouTube before? This wasn’t a regular rick roll, this one is a live performance of a Nirvana/Rick Astley mash up that made the rounds back in 2014.

    2. Dan Bailey says:

      That’s not the intro to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” fool, it’s just the chords to “Never Gonna Give You Up” on a guitar instead of a synth. Maybe don’t have a tone-deaf reporter cover your music news.

      • DigiDezman says:

        Kurt Cobain said all you need to write a rock song are three chords — so maybe they use the same three chords.

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