Foo Fighters fans are a different breed. Sure, there are many of them. That doesn’t dilute the fact that their love for the band they feel is possibly the last great bastion of true rock and roll.
One thousand Foo Fighters fans in Cesena, Italy got together to show their favorite band just how much they love them, and to try to persuade them to swing through their corner of the world. This is a call.
The project is called Rockin1000. It was started in May of 2014. They launched a crowdfunding effort to get the project off the ground. The project team kept a diary of their mission to bring Foo Fighters to their town.
“The Foo Fighters are not in Romagna since 1997, it’s time to get them back, but we need a crazy idea.
“We have to organize something that kicks ass worldwide and can be seen by Dave Grohl : we will ask one thousand rockers to play one of their songs, all together and at the same time.”
And that is exactly what they did. On July 26, the faithful 1000 gathered. There were drummers, guitarists, bassists, singers — all on one field. All were coordinated from a tower that featured a conductor and a metronome track set to flashing lights. These 1000 players did a note-for-note cover of Foo Fighters’ hit song “Learn To Fly.”
Word has it that it only took six takes to nail the performance, which is an absolute marvel. The video of the event has half a million views so far today alone. Play this in full screen, and through good headphones or speakers loudly.
After the performance, a project member explained the aim of the project.
“I guess that this video is gonna be seen by a huge amount of people all over the world. But to be true, it’s being conceived to be addressed just to five people: so Chris, Pat, Nate, Taylor and Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters.
“You know, Italy is a country were dreams cannot easily come true, but it’s a land of passion and creativity. So what we did and here it’s just a huge, huge miracle, and I’m working on this fucking project for more than one year, waking up every morning thinking about how to make it real. And this is all that we got. 1000 people, 1000 rockers, that came from all over the nation at their own expenses and they just did it for one song – your song.
“So, our call is to ask you, to the Foo Fighters, to come and play for us. Come and play here, give a concert to all of us in Cesena.”
And now, Foo Fighters have taken notice!
— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) July 30, 2015