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Watch Foo Fighters and Rick Astley rickroll Reading Festival during epic setlist

Foo Fighters (Image credit: Brantley Gutierrez)

Foo Fighters (opens in new tab) returned to the Reading and Leeds festivals over the weekend for two stunning headline sets.

Friday night in Leeds saw the band take to the stage for a hit-packed set, where they were joined by Dave Grohl’s daughter Violet. They even pulled a Freddie Mercury lookalike from the crowd to join them in a cover of Queen’s Under Pressure, while Grohl also dedicated Run to late Prodigy frontman Keith Flint, who died in March this year.

At the Reading Festival last night, they delivered a blistering cover of AC/DC classic Let There Be Rock. Fans even thought the Foos were about to launch into an old Nirvana track – only for the assembled throng to be Rickrolled in spectacular fashion.

Grohl told the crowd: “Some of you may know that the Reading Festival holds a very special place in my heart. This is the first big festival I ever played in my life when I was 22 in 1991. It was a long time ago.”

“I thought tonight we’ll do something special for you that pays tribute to a song that brings us way back in time. It’s maybe the reason why I’m here tonight headlining the main stage. If you know it you can bounce around to it.”

Grohl them broke into a riff before 80s pop star Rick Astley (opens in new tab) appeared onstage where he joined the band for a rock version of his 1987 hit single Never Gonna Give You Up.

Check out the footage below, where you’ll also find other clips and the setlist from last night's show.

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Foo Fighters: Reading Festival setlist, August 25
1. The Pretender
2. Learn To Fly
3. Run
4. The Sky Is A Neighborhood
5. Times Like These
6. Drum Solo
7. Sunday Rain
8. My Hero
9. These Days
10. La Dee Da
11. Walk
12. Crazy Train / Good Times / Ziggy Stardust / Dragon Attack
13. Under Pressure
14. All My Life
15. I’ll Stick Around
16. Wheels
17. Monkey Wrench
18. Hey, Johnny Park!
19. Never Gonna Give You Up
20. Big Me
21. Best of You
22. For All The Cows
23. This Is a Call
24. Let There Be Rock
25. Everlong

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