It took a thousand musicians, but he convinced his favorite band to visit

A lot of people would love to have their favorite band come and perform live for them. A devoted fan of the “Foo Fighters” in Italy figured out a way to make it happen.

Fabio Zaffagnini dreamed of bringing the Foo Fighters to the town of Cesena in northern Italy. In the spring of 2014, he launched a crowdfunding campaign which pulled in an impressive $50,000. Next, he pored over thousands of audition videos. The end result was a gigantic band made up of a thousand performers: 350 guitarists, 250 singers, 250 drummers, and 150 bassists. They converged on Cesena in July 2015.

As you’ll see (and hear) in the video posted below, the “Rockin1000” met up at a park and performed the Foo Fighers’ anthem “Learn to Fly.” After that amazing display of musical devotion, Zaffagnini made an emotional plea to the real band: “Italy’s a country where dreams cannot easily come true, but it’s a land of passion and creativity. What we did here is just a huge, huge miracle. I’ve been working on this project for more than one year, waking up every morning thinking about how to make it real. This is all that we got: one thousand people, one thousand rockers that came from all over the nation at their own expense and they just did it for one song. Your song. Our call is to ask you, the Foo Fighters, to come and play for us, to come and play in here, to give a concert to all of us in Cesena.”

The Rockin1000 video attracted 15 million views on YouTube in just the first three days. They also got the Foo Fighters’ attention. In November 2015, the band came to Cesena and performed a 27 song set, starting of course with “Learn to Fly.”

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