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1,000 musicians in Italy perform Foo Fighters song in video plea to rock stars ... and it worked

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 August, 2015, 2:59pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 August, 2015, 3:08pm
AFP

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A video of 1,000 musicians rocking the Foo Fighter’s Learn to Fly has gone viral, clocking up over five million views in just 48 hours and getting the thumbs up from the American band.

The project kicked off in spring last year, when Fabio Zaffagnini and several friends were looking for “a mad idea” to convince the rock band to come to Cesena, in central Italy, to play for them.

After a year’s planning, 1,000 fans met up in a park in the city on July 26 to thrash out the song on drums, guitars and microphones, belting out the hit tune together as the sun set.

“One thousand people, one thousand rockers, come at their own cost from all over the country, for a single song, your song,” Zafagnini says at the end of the video.

“So we ask you, the Foo Fighters, to come and play for us here in Cesena,” he said.

Posted on Thursday on YouTube, the video had over been viewed more than 10 million times.

It was also shared on Twitter by the band’s singer, Dave Grohl, who added in Italian, “Ci vediamo a presto, Cesena!”, translated as “See you soon Cesena!"

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