October 23, 2015


Foo Fighters Coming to Italy Thanks to Viral Video Performance

Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

This summer, 1,000 Foo Fighters fans came together in the northern Italy city of Cesena to perform the band's hit "Learn to Fly." Hundreds of drummers, guitarists, bassists and singers rocking the 1999 hit, in sync, smiles on their faces and a cause in their hearts. The goal was to get the Foo Fighters to come to Cesena, an effort that worked for Richmond, Virginia in 2014.

And it also worked for Cesena! Dave Grohl announced on Thursday that the band's coming to town.

In an enthusiastic Facebook post, the frontman wrote:

"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. 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 song...well...it'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!'"

Signing the note Davide, Grohl wrote that it was "an experience like this comes once in a lifetime, so I'm looking forward to a once in a lifetime show." The gig is set for November 3 at Carisport. A Wiki for the Cesena venue says the capacity is 3,608, making it a crazy place to see the Foos for sure. If you've gotta be there, grab ticket info here.

And rewatch the amazing video the convinced the band to come to Italy, of course: