Oh, Give Over: Foo Fighters Team Up With Rick Astley At Japanese Festival

The Summer Sonic crowd is treated to one of the strangest collaborations of our times.

Oh, Give Over: Foo Fighters Team Up With Rick Astley At Japanese Festival

Foo Fighters have a “new best friend” in the shape of 1980s blue-eyed-soul singer Rick Astley, who joined the band on stage at Japan’s Summer Sonic festival for a more-amplified-than-usual version (hmm, smells a little teen spirited, eh?) of his 1987 UK number one, Never Gonna Give You Up.

The official Foo Fighters Facebook and Twitter accounts both posted a picture of frontman Dave Grohl with Astley after the show, with the caption “new best friend” and a URL to that same effect directing to YouTube footage of the unlikely performance.

Props to the comment beneath the post, reading: “Bout to get Rock Grohl’d”. Very good, @weoysterfighter. Very good.

Watch Never Gonna Give You Up – backed by one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, no big deal – below.

Foo Fighters release their ninth studio album, Concrete And Gold, on September 15. The band is currently on tour in the Far East, and hits venues across Europe and America between now and the end of the year. Check the band’s website for full dates, and check out a few highlights below.


10: Berlin, Lollapalooza
19: London, o2 


7: San Bernardino, CAL JAM 17
12: Washington DC, The Anthem
14: Richmond, Coliseum
15: Greensboro, Coliseum
17: Columbia, Colonial Life Arena
18: Knoxville, Thompson-Boling Arena
20: Cincinnati, US Bank Arena
21: Lexington, Rupp Arena
23: Nashville, Bridgestone Arena
24: Memphis, FedEx Forum
26: Birmingham (Alabama), Legacy Arena
27-29: New Orleans, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience

Listen back to where it all began for this lot: the debut, self-titled Foo Fighters album of 1995.

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