Foo Fighters Perform in Small Italian Town After Plea From 1,000 Fans
Foo Fighters closed out their world tour in the small Italian town of Cesena on Tuesday night for the fans who had pleaded with the band to visit.
In July, a video of 1,000 Italian musicians performing the band’s 1999 hit “Learn to Fly” went viral with organizer Fabio Zaffagnini making a plea to the band to play in the town.
For the band and the fans, the gig at Carisport Stadium was more than just a final stop or another concert - it was a special moment in time.
“This has never happened before, right? This is the first time,” Grohl told the crowd. “This is like a revolution!”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer expressed his gratitude telling the crowd and organizers: “Thank you to all of the musicians who are here tonight. That was unbelievable! It was crazy! Tutti pazzi!"(translation: you are all crazy!)
He continued: “The whole world saw what you did! It is a beautiful thing. That is real. That is crazy. Congratulations.”
Grohl said his friends kept calling him about the video while he was on vacation. He said he got about 100 texts and finally watched the video and was astonished, admitting he cried and couldn’t refuse the offer.
“Of course we couldn’t say no, we had to come here,” he told the spectators.
He hailed the performance of 1,000 musicians rocking out his song as “the greatest moment of my life.”
During the concert, the band asked Zaffagnini to come on stage and play with his heroes. The event organizer crowd surfed his way to the stage as the audience chanted “Fabio! Fabio!”
The singer handed Zaffagnini his guitar and put him center stage as he addressed the audience in Italian and English. He thanked the band and everyone for coming out and making his dreams come true.
Grohl encouraged the people in the audience to do the same for other bands.
"I hope you do the same thing for U2, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, do it for all rock bands. And if they say no, you know what you say? Va fanculo, stronzi! [Translation: “F**** off, turds]."