Thursday, October 22, 2015

Foo Fighters announce Italian show after viral video request

Dave Grohl has announced that the Foo Fighters will play a show in the Italian town of Cesena after 1000 fans performed their 1999 hit, “Learn To Fly”, on July 26 in hopes of convincing the group to perform in their city.

Organizer Fabio Zaffagnini spent a year planning the massive outdoor event to create the video as a plea to the Foo Fighters to come to Cesena.

The clip quickly went viral, racking up 18 million views in just 5 days; it’s now been seen more than 25 million times.

“I'll never forget that day that my phone was flooded with texts from friends, all saying "Have you seen this???", "Amazing!", "So insane!" with an anonymous YouTube link attached,” says Grohl. “Assuming it was just another "CAT GETTING STUCK IN A PAPER BAG" video, I didn't bite at first, but after the 10,000th message, I clicked the link and was absolutely blown away by what I saw.

“To see so many people put so much time, and effort, and love into making music moved me to tears. And the fact that it was a Foo Fighters's hard to put into words how humbled that made me feel. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful experiences of my entire life. I walked outside, sat on the grass, turned my camera on and immediately responded (in my best broken Italian) "Stiamo arrivando! Prometto!"

“Ever since that day we have been looking forward to this incredible experience. We're happy to finally announce that it will happen on 3 November at Carisport. We are beyond excited an honored to come play for Cesena. An experience like this comes once in a lifetime, so I'm looking forward to a once in a lifetime show. Ci vediamo presto, Cesena!”

Tickets for the Cesena concert will go on sale at 10:00 am local time on Friday, October 23.

The November 3 date marks the opening show of the group’s European tour in support of “Sonic Highways.”

See also:

Foo Fighters record five new songs in Austin
VIDEO: Foo Fighters perform Pink Floyd classic from The Wall
VIDEO: Foo Fighters perform Led Zeppelin classic with Jewel
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