Fabio Zaffagnini recruited 1,000 musicians to cover band's 'Learn To Fly' in attempt to lure band to his hometown
The organiser behind a recent Foo Fighters viral video says he was reduced to tears when the band agreed to play a gig in his hometown of Cesena, Italy. It happened after he had convinced 1,000 fans to cover their song ‘Learn To Fly’ simultaneously.
The video of 1,000 local musicians – drummers, vocalists and guitarists – covering the 1999 Foo Fighters track went viral last week. 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 the man who organised the feat, Fabio Zaffagnini, has told The Guardian that he broke down in tears when he saw the reaction online.
“I started crying like a baby,” Zaffagnini said. “I’m not an emotional person, but so much went into it.”
Recalling the moment he saw Grohl’s response (see video below), Zaffagnini added: “I thought it was a joke when I first saw it. When I realised it was him, I started crying again! I don’t cry often, but it’s been very hard to contain the emotions I’ve had.”
He also described the reaction of his fellow citizens in Cesena: “Every time I go outside and walk down the street, everyone’s coming up to me with hugs and thanks for what me and the rest of the team did.
“I’ve been completely overwhelmed by everything. I feel very proud and I would like to thank everyone that gave us a hand. This is something that could be life changing for all of us.”
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