Concert will take place in Cesena, Italy on November 3
Foo Fighters have announced they will play a gig in Cesena, Italy next month after 1,000 fans from the city learned to play the band’s song ‘Learn To Fly’, simultaneously covering it live in a viral video.
The video of 1,000 local musicians – drummers, vocalists and guitarists – covering the 1999 Foo Fighters track went viral in July. It had been filmed as part of a fan campaign to get Dave Grohl and his bandmates to play a gig in the local area.
Frontman Dave Grohl later praised the effort, agreeing to play a gig in Cesena as a reward.
Now, Grohl has issued an additional statement, confirming the show to take place at Carisport in Cesena on November 3.
In the statement, Grohl says: “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.”
Grohl added: “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.”
“Ever since that day we have been looking forward to this incredible experience… 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.”
Watch 1,000 musicians perform ‘Learn To Fly’ below. Other fan campaigns in recent months have proven successful, most notably in the town of Richmond in Virginia, USA when a petition led to a gig from the band.
The organiser behind the video recently said that he “cried like a baby” after seeing the reaction to the clip online.