The Foo Fighters and Rick Astley Cleverly Rickroll the Audience at the Summer Sonic Festival in Japan

While performing at the 2017 Summer Sonic Festival in Osaka, Japan, the fabulous Foo Fighters asked singer Rick Astley to join them onstage and began playing the opening notes of the classic Nirvana song “Smells Like Teen Spirit“. After a few measures, the song quickly turned into a rocking version Astley’s most popular hit “Never Gonna Give You Up“, which caused many audience members to realize that they had just been Rickrolled.

In 2009, Thriftshop XL mashed the two songs together, which may have given the performers the idea to do it live.


Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.