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1,000 Foo Fighters fans unite for incredible 'Learn to Fly' performance

In addition to being incredibly cool, it's part of an effort to convince the rock band to perform in Italy.
/ Source: TODAY

It's not uncommon for fans to beg their favorite rock band to play in their city, but when 1,000 of them team up for an incredible performance that goes viral, it makes for a pretty convincing argument.

Posted to YouTube on Thursday, this video shows "1,000 musicians" joining forces on a field for an astounding cover of Foo Fighters' 1999 hit "Learn to Fly." A crane shot shows seemingly endless rows of drum sets, guitars and vocalists in sync for the four-minute song, witnessed in person by perhaps hundreds more.

"Now I'm lookin' to the sky to save me / lookin' for a sign of life," dozens of vocalists sing in unison. "Lookin' for something to help me burn out bright / I'm lookin' for a complication / lookin' 'cause I'm tired of lyin' / Make my way back home when I learn to fly."

Credited as the project's founder, Fabio Zaffagnini states that Rockin' 1000's epic July 26 performance began as an idea he had in May 2014. In the video, he pleads to the camera, asking singer Dave Grohl and his fellow Foo Fighters to play a concert in Cesena, Italy.

"Italy is a country where dreams cannot easily come true, but it's a land of passion and creativity," Zaffagnini says. "One thousand rockers that came from all over [Italy paid] their own expenses, [and] just did it for one song: your song."

In a final plea, he ends his speech by asking for an ovation from the crowd, which obliges and chants the band's name.

It's an appeal that just might work on Foo Fighters, who not only have a history of playing unscheduled shows brought about by popular demand, but also realize the power of a clever music video. In addition to being a hit on its own, the band's release of "Learn to Fly" benefited from a hilarious video that showed band members playing themselves and other characters, and featured cameos by Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D.

Update: Grohl responded to the performance — in Italian — via a video posted to the Foo Fighters' Facebook page Friday. The video caption reads "Ci vediamo a presto, Cesena.... xxx David," which translates to "See you soon, Cesena.... David xxx."

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