The Italian Miracle: How to get the Foo Fighters to play a concert in your hometown



It looks like a young Italian has accomplished his dream: getting the Foo Fighters to play a show in his hometown of Cesena, Italy. Fabio Zaffagnini has been working on the stunt for well over a year. Here’s how it went down:

1) Zaffagnini started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to convince the Foo Fighters to play a show in Cesena. Over time, he raised nearly $50,000.

2) Zaffagnini put out a call for Foo Fighter fans/musicians who would like to get together with 999 other musicians to play a version of Foo Fighters song “Learn to Fly.”

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3) Zaffagnini hired world famous composer Marco Sabiu, who has worked with the likes of Ennio Morricone and Luciano Pavarotti, to conduct the band.

4) 1,000 fans converged on Cesena’s Hippodrome Park to play “Learn to Fly” and capture it on video:

5) On July 30, Zaffagnini posted the video to YouTube (as reported that day by Rocknuts’ Captain Quirk).

6) Within a week, the video had more than 18 million views.

7) Shortly thereafter, Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl posted his own response video in broken Italian: “We’re coming, I swear,” Grohl said. “We will see each other soon.”

8) No date has been set, but it sounds like Zaffagnini’s dream will come true. “Italy’s a country where dreams cannot easily come true, but it’s a land of passion and creativity,” Zaffagnini said in his original video. “What we did here is just a huge, huge miracle… 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.”

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