Thousand-Person Viral Video Convinces Foo Fighters to Play Italy

Brantley Gutierrez
Foo Fighters

Back in July 2015, a thousand Foo Fighters fans cut an extravagant cover of “Learn to Fly,” hoping to get the Great American Rock Band to play Cesena, Italy. They’ve gotten their wish.

On Thursday (Oct. 22), Dave Grohl announced that the Foos will play Cesena’s Carisport venue on Nov. 3 of this year.

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On the Foo Fighters Tumblr, Grohl wrote that, at first, he ignored scores and scores of messages from friends about the mysterious viral video. “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.”

Here’s the video again. Watch until the very end for the Italians’ very personal invitation to the Foo Fighters:

Following the Cesena date, the Foos will tour Europe through Nov. 19. They don’t have any concerts scheduled after that; perhaps the Foo Fighters will turn their attention to Sonic Highways part two?

For more insight on that front, keep an eye on Billboard.com for an interview on the Alt In Our Stars podcast with Sonic Highways producer Butch Vig.