Foo Fighters performed in Cesena, Italy, last night, thereby fulfilling the request of 1,000 Italian musicians who had petitioned via video for the group to visit their town. You can watch a fan-shot clip from the concert below.
Back in July, you may recall that we ran a story about the musicians, who call themselves the Rockin’ 1000, performing the Foo Fighters’ 1999 hit “Learn to Fly.” (In case you forgot, we’ve posted their video of that performance below.) The video concluded with a plea for the group to play Cesena.
“One thousand rockers that came from all over the nation at their own expenses … for one song, your song,” wrote video creator Fabio Zaffagnini at the clip’s end. “So our call is to ask you, the Foo Fighters, to come play for us in Cesena.”
During last night’s performance, Grohl told the crowd about his reaction when he first saw their video.
“I was on vacation and my phone was like ‘bling, bling, bling, bling,’” he said. “And they were all like, ‘Have you seen this?’ After 100 texts, I looked at YouTube and was like, ‘What the fuck?’ Then I fucking cried cause it was crazy.”
He added, “When we do our music, we do it in our basement or in our studio. It’s very simple. We do the songs, we make a record but we don’t really think about the rest of the world and to see you people singing the song for the whole fuckin’ world is the greatest feeling.”
The Foo Fighters performed many of their hits, as well as deeper cuts and covers. During their performance of the Queen/David Bowie classic “Under Pressure,” Grohl invited Zaffagnini to the stage and he crowd surfed up to meet the band, as you can see in the video below. He was joined by another Rockin’ 1000 member—a drummer easily seen in the original video thanks to his huge mohawk—who took over drums to allow Taylor Hawkins to come to sing at the front of the stage.