Foo Fighters to play Italy gig after video of 1,000 fans covering ‘Learn To Fly’ goes viral

Local musicians from Cesena performed the song to lure the band to play a gig there

Foo Fighters have agreed to play a gig in Cesena, northern Italy after 1,000 fans learnt to play the band’s song ‘Learn To Fly’.

A video recently surfaced of 1,000 local musicians – drummers, vocalists and guitarists – covering the 1999 Foo Fighters track.

The performance was part of a campaign by fans in the Italian city to get Dave Grohl and his bandmates to play a gig in the local area.

Foo Fighters later took to Twitter to post messages that read “How nice, Cesena” and “See you soon” (translated from Italian). The tweets seemed to suggest the band will indeed play a gig in Cesena.

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.

Ci vediamo a presto, Cesena…. xxx Davide

Posted by Foo Fighters on Friday, 31 July 2015

Meanwhile, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has spoken of his happiness that Florence And The Machine stepped up to headline last month’s Glastonbury Festival as his band were forced to pull out of the slot.

The US band had been scheduled to headline the Friday night of the Worthy Farm event, announcing the week prior that they were unable to perform due to Grohl suffering an injury at a show in Sweden.

Speaking in a recent interview, Grohl revealed that he first met singer Florence Welch “ages ago” and that the pair “immediately hit it off”.

Foo Fighters will return to the UK later this year for a series of replacement live dates.

Grohl and co will play two shows at Milton Keynes Bowl on September 5 and 6. Iggy Pop will support the band at the gigs.

They will also play Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on September 8. Royal Blood and Honeyblood will open for that show.
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