Foo Fighters to Honor ‘Rockin1000′ Italian Performers With Cesena Show
It was one of the more moving videos of the year, showing the true power of music. In December 2014, Fabio Zaffagnini put out the call. He wanted to bring Foo Fighters to Cesena, a place not frequently visited by touring rock bands and he needed the help of some Italian musicians to do it. A few months later, a 1,000 person rock band conducted by Zaffagnini delivered a stellar performance of the band's "Learn to Fly" followed by a passionate message should the band see it. The video went viral and not only did the band see it, but so did many people around the world.
Making good on a promise, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters have revealed the Cesena, Italy show will take place Nov. 3 at the Carisport in Cesena. Grohl also offered commentary on the long journey of the band coming to play in the city and the video that inspired their appearance. It reads as follows:
I'll never forget that day that my phone was flooded with texts from friends, all saying "Have you seen this???", "Amazing!", "So insane!" with an anonymous YouTube link attached. Assuming it was just another "CAT GETTING STUCK IN A PAPER BAG" video, I didn't bite at first, but after the 10,000th message, I clicked the link and was absolutely blown away by what I saw. To see so many people put so much time, and effort, and love into making music moved me to tears. And the fact that it was a Foo Fighters song...well...it's hard to put into words how humbled that made me feel. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful experiences of my entire life. I walked outside, sat on the grass, turned my camera on and immediately responded (in my best broken Italian)
"Stiamo arrivando! Prometto!"
Ever since that day we have been looking forward to this incredible experience. We're happy to finally announce that it will happen on 3 November at Carisport
We are beyond excited an honored to come play for Cesena. An experience like this comes once in a lifetime, so I'm looking forward to a once in a lifetime show.
Ci vediamo presto, Cesena!
The date will actually kick off the next European leg of their touring in support of the Sonic Highways album. Shows for the run are booked through a Nov. 19 finale in Barcelona, Spain. See their Euro dates here. And just as a reminder of what sparked it all, check out the Rockin1000 performing "Learn to Fly" in the video at the top of this post.
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