Watch Foo Fighters Play Show in Italy After 1000 Fans Make Viral ‘Learn to Fly’ Video
Foo Fighters played a show in Cesena, Italy, yesterday (Nov. 3), but it wasn’t just another stop on their Sonic Highways tour. The concert was added to the band’s schedule after 1,000 fans in the Northern Italy city -- dubbed the "Rockin’ 1000" -- made a video capturing the massive collective performing “Learn to Fly” live in unison in order to convince the band to come and play in their town. The video worked its magic and eventually landed in front of Dave Grohl and company. The band responded by playing a career-spanning set in the city as a sign of their gratitude.
Fittingly, Foo Fighters opened the show with the There Is Nothing Left to Lose classic, “Learn to Fly.” Later in the set, Grohl dedicated “Big Me” to everyone in attendance and the Rockin’ 1000 campaign.
“Tonight, we’re here for a very, very special reason,” Grohl said, thanking the video-makers. “To see you people, singing our song for the whole f---ing world, to me, it’s the greatest moment of my life. Of course we couldn’t say no; we had to come.”
“I hope you do the same thing for U2, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine,” he continued. “Do it for all rock bands. And If they say no, you know what you say? Vaffanculo!” (which is, naturally, Italian for “f--- you”).
The Foos also brought out some of the organizers behind the Rockin’ 1000 video, including one of the drummers from the video, who Grohl affectionately called "Mowhawk Guy." He played drums on the band's cover of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure."
Watch Dave Grohl’s speech and “Under Pressure” in the videos below: