Dave Grohl Responds After 1,000 Musicians Play Foo Fighters Song in Unison, Plus 5 More Reasons Why He's Aweso
By Brock Wilbur
How do you convince one of the biggest rock bands in the world to come play a gig in your city? Do their job for them!
One-thousand musicians in Cesena, Italy, banded together to cover the Foo Fighters' hit song "Learn To Fly" in an effort to show the five band members that they needed to come play a show for these die-hard fans.
The project, which involved a field full of hundreds of drummers, guitarists, and vocalists, was conceived and arranged by a single fan who addressed the band directly after the performance. He explained how the year-long project had culminated into performing this one song. He also hoped that somewhere, the Foos were listening to their sonically-pleasing plea.
And Dave Grohl was. He not only responded immediately, but he did so in Italian.
"Hello, Cesena. It's David," Grohl said, as translated by BBC News. "Hi. I am sorry I don't speak Italian, just a bit, a bit. This video was good! Super nice. Thank you so much. We're coming, I swear. We'll see each other soon. Thank you so much. I love you. Ciao."
Turns out paying an Olympic-sized tribute to rock royalty will get all of your demands met, including a promise that the band is on their way soon. Not bad, Cesena.
Any longtime fan knows that Grohl has a history of going out of his way to be not only an excellent performer but an all-around impressive dude. Here are six more reasons why Grohl is one of the coolest rockers around:
1. He Knows How To Tip
Back in 2012, Grohl tipped $1,000 for a single drink at a Philadelphia bar on a Friday night, then returned the next night to do it again. There are also unsubstantiated rumors of the rockstar tipping in the tens of thousands of dollars elsewhere, but those nightlife employees probably don't want the tax hassle that would come with making this public.
2. He Knows How To Hydrate
Grohl always makes sure that the front of his audiences are well hydrated, either from fire hoses or, in this particular case, with beer. This does not mean you should shout, "Beer me, bro!" at the man during shows, but sometimes it works out.
3. He Protests Protesters
When the Westboro Baptist Church turned up to protest a Foo Fighters show in Kansas City, the band rented a flatbed truck and wrote a counter-protest country-Western song they graciously performed for the entertainment of the much-despised religious group. It's worth it just to see the whole band in costume as good ol' boys.
In The Muppets, you can catch Grohl in the band The Moopets. There's also a cover of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" he allowed the film to include, much to Courtney Love's ire.
5. He Worships Rock's Roots
Finally, Grohl posted a now classic statement about the nature of music and modern celebrity worship on Facebook, which included imploring any kid who wants to start a band to "go to a yard sale and buy an old f**king drum set and get in their garage and just suck."
We could go on, but we think you get the point. The only real question is, why haven't you and 999 other friends haven't tried a wacky spectacle to get Grohl to hang out with you yet?