Viral Video Of The Day

Spin recaps:

One thousand musicians banded together in Italy to perform the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly” all at once in an attempt to woo the band to come play a show for them. Let’s repeat that — 1,000 musicians. A thousand. “The Foo Fighters are not in Romagna since 1997, it’s time to get them back, but we need a crazy idea,” the description on Rockin’ 1000’s website explains. “We have to organize something that kicks ass worldwide and can be seen by Dave Grohl: We will ask one thousand rockers to play one of their songs, all together and at the same time.”

4.1 million views since yesterday.

  • Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into yet another cult where someone is expected to return but never does.

    • bambinoitaliano

      He did! In the form of bunny bearing chocolate eggs!!

      • TampaDink

        And every year when he comes back, if he sees his shadow one more year of let’s pretend.

        • bambinoitaliano

          And dress in red suits dropping presents prearrange with their parents every xmas.

          • TampaDink

            The parents pay for those gifts with the teeth of their young.

        • ZhyKitty

          LOL

    • What?! How dare you say anything against our lord and savior, the prophet Dave Grohl, peace be upon him!

      http://www.rockcellarmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Dave-Grohl-1×1-Promo-Pic.jpg

      I’m guessing since this stunt is done, done, they’re onto the next one.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      You’re talking about John Ritter, right?

  • Drayfield

    I hope this works for them. I saw the Foos when they opened for the Stones about 8 years ago – they didn’t impress me back then but I hear they’re loved by many.

    • licuado de platano

      The Rolling Stones’ sound crew are notorious for messing with the sound of the opening acts. Essentially they are given no where near the same volume.

  • TampaDink

    Well played, Italy. Well sung too.
    There are some really hot men in that crowd.

    • BobSF_94117

      For the first time in my life, I want to be a roadie.

      • TampaDink

        I think that I began wishing that I could be a roadie (under the right circumstances & under the right men) from the first time I heard Jackson Browne perform “The Load Out”.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6SEKRs-JiI

        • ClevelandJim

          Did you see the BBC vid of him doing it in concert form 1978, with the amazing Rosemary Butler’s backup vocal? I was at the Running on Empty concert that summer at Blossom Music Center…high point of my high school years!

          • TampaDink

            No. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen him in concert. I’m sure that he gives great show.

  • Hardley

    1) Awesome synchronisation, instruments, voices. I’ve been involved in smaller performances and it is incredibly difficult to keep time when others’ sound is getting to you half a second later.

    2) Is there anyone in Italy that isn’t utterly beautiful?

    that is all

    • DaddyRay

      The video is impressive but that had to be a sound engineers nightmare come true to put together.

      • danolgb

        Yeah.. my hat is off to the audio engineers. I imagine that the drummers were listening to a click-track, but also notice the lights on the tower are there to keep the beat. Well planned and well done.

  • Geez

    Ok. I would prefer to see 1000 musicians in concert – with some noise reduction plugs. Fuck the Foo Fighters. They sounded better collectively than the band plus it looked like more fun.

  • DaddyRay

    The Foo Fighter’s responded

    translates to “See you soon, Cesena …. xxx David”

  • ZhyKitty

    That was awesome.

    • DaddyRay

      Indeed it was, better than another flashmob stunt

      • ZhyKitty

        Much better! So much talent, probably at many different levels… I just loved it.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I LOVED it!
      It was the grass roots collectivism I loved.
      Willing to put yourself out there as one single blade of grass in a goal all members of the group hold.
      “Sure, I’ll show up, I’ll be a blade of grass, where do we meet?”
      This is so profound to me, the dynamic between one and many.
      I just thought it was totally awesome!

      • ZhyKitty

        Hell yes! Well said, SG!!!!

  • Blobby

    that was fucking awesome. it actually gave me goosebumps.

    • DaddyRay

      Can there be any better compliment for an artist

  • Bj Lincoln

    I never saw so many people playing like that before! These folks were awesome! Learn to Fly was one of the first songs I learned to play on the drums! It was so cool to see so many drummers! I am glad to hear the Foo Fighters responded and they will be there sometime soon.

    • DaddyRay

      They all looked like they were having a great time – an ultimate jam session

      • Bj Lincoln

        Yes they did. I would love to rock out with that many people.

  • Tawdry D’Tails

    Ok. That was cool. A lot of hot men too…
    And the shots of all those drummers playing in unison… Wow.

    • BobSF_94117

      1:11

      swoon

    • ClevelandJim

      The drummers in unison got me totally! Woulda loved to have just seen them for the entire number!

  • Gerry Fisher

    I found that just so DELIGHTFUL! Very cool!

  • SpiderPIG

    I’m such a wuss, I got all teary-eyed…
    What an amazing tribute!

    • You too? Well, I feel better, thought I was the only weeping will here.

  • BobSF_94117

    One nice thing about Italy is the unquestioned tradition of summer silliness.

    • ZhyKitty

      Sounds lovely…like a place where I could’ve had a really good time in my youth…though, with my luck I’d have ended up pregnant.

  • Dale082

    OMG that was awesome! Goosebumps over here too!

  • Librarykid

    A lot more fun than Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand and such synchronization with all of the drummers hitting the cymbals at the same instant! Amazing talent here. I wonder how long they rehearsed.

  • TheManicMechanic

    This was pure awesomeness. A joyful noise, and so well done. I only wish I could’ve been there to hear and undoubtedly feel the music.

    Bravo, everyone. Bravo!

  • SilasMarner

    Super impressive

  • Micklak

    Those people looked like they were having a blast.

  • Neil

    An impressive invitation, to say the least. But I still can’t get over the way Grohl and Foo Fighters took up the cause of HIV denialism, even donating proceeds from gigs and record sales to Alive & Well. That organisation campaigned against people being tested for HIV and endorsed those diagnosed HIV positive to give up their treatment. They’ve quietly dropped their support but never officially repudiated their stance. On top of that, drummer Taylor Hawkins is a keen anti-vaccination supporter. They may be great musos who write good songs but their anti-human idiocy leaves a bad after taste.

    • DaddyRay

      Did not know that, thanks for the buzz kill.

  • fuzzybits

    Damn,that was great!

  • DonnaLee

    Now see, you get that many together, do more than one song!

  • DaddyRay

    Amazing, the video just passed 10 million views (6 Million since Joe posted this morning)