Dave Grohl has taken the “Rickrolling” phenomenon to extreme new levels, and took things even further on Friday night at a surprise show at a U.K. nightclub.
Rumours of a secret show at London’s Moth Club began when the venue was announced as hosting the return of Club NME, described as “the U.K.’s favourite indie disco,” to feature “the freshest tunes spun by NME DJs, plus a live set by Saint Leonard and a very special guest.”
That special guest turned out to be none other than the Foo Fighters frontman, who made a surprise appearance on the stage of the tiny venue.
“I’ve been a friend of the people at the NME for a long, long time,” Grohl told the crowd, reports NME. “When I walked in tonight, everyone said: ‘What are you gonna do?’ I said, ‘I have no f**king clue.’ So tonight we’ll play a couple of songs. I can’t believe how many people are here. We might have to do more than one f**king song!”
Accompanying himself on guitar with “my friend Robbie on keyboard,” Grohl kicked off his set with “a sweet little love song from Foo Fighters’ first record,” which turned out to be “Big Me”.
Grohl had another surprise in store when he welcomed Rick Astley to the stage, who took a seat behind the drum kit and sat in for Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These” — and remained for a cover of Astley’s hit ’”Never Gonna Give You Up”, with Grohl taking on vocals.
“I don’t know much about Club NME,” Grohl told the crowd, “but I know you’re not gonna see this anywhere else.”
Check out the array of fan-shot photos and video from the show:
Grohl’s first Rickroll took place in 2015, when he and Foo Fighters interrupted a protest by the infamous anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church by driving up on the back of a flatbed truck while performing “Never Gonna Give You Up”.
The band took things even further in 2017 when Astley made a surprise appearance during a Foo Fighters performance at a Tokyo music festival.