1000 musicians team up for Foo Fighters cover

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

1,000 musicians band together to play Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn to Fly’.

1,000 artists banded together in Cesena, Italy to collectively play, “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters (Grohl’s band) in an attempt to get the group to play their small town. In the video, event creator Fabio Zaffagnini says he made it specifically for the band, and is hoping the viral sensation of it all will help land the seven minute video in the laps of the group. “You know, Italy is a country where dreams can not easily come true, but it’s a land of passion and creativity,” he continues. “So what we did in here is just a huge, huge miracle.”

The band made that show, though, thanks in part to a Medieval-looking throne of rock, adorned with flashing lights, guitar necks and a cradle for the frontman’s leg — a vision Grohl says he dreamt up while heavily medicated on OxyContin. Although he’d gotten his cast off by that point, he said his ankle felt like it “got its ass kicked by Ronda Rousey.” But nevertheless, he’s been slowly recovering. At recent gigs, he’s been able to walk down a catwalk with crutches to play acoustic songs and even stand up for brief periods, demonstrating that he’s still not able to dance. As Grohl explains his current state to Rolling Stone, and just how well he’s adjusting to life on a throne, he proudly points out that he’s also doing exercises to regain his kick-drum muscles.

My doctor said, “You’re not going to want to do anything for a couple weeks at least.” So we canceled a couple festivals, and after those first five days, my doctor was right. If I sat up and put my foot down to the ground, I could maybe leave it down for a minute before it started hurting so bad that I had to lie back down. I reached over and grabbed the hotel stationery, drew this really ridiculous, primitive drawing, took a picture of it on my phone, and sent it to my lighting guy and said, “Build this.” Someday I hope that you have the opportunity to sit in that throne when the scrim is off at a stadium, and look at 50,000 faces smiling, jaws dropped, cracking up, like, “Are you fucking kidding me?” We’ve never had production, never had any sort of pyrotechnics, ever. I asked my guitar tech the other day, “Why am I losing all my guitar picks?” He said, “Because you’re playing your guitar harder than you’ve ever played it in your life.” I’ve got my leg up on that thing but the rest of my body, it’s like I’m fucking Joe Cocker up there. I love running around a stadium on two feet, getting a crowd to fucking sing along with me, but I also love closing my eyes in that chair and fucking going off.

The way I look at it is, I’m sharing this otherwise shitty experience with them and turning it into something beautiful or magical, like, “Let’s make it all better together.” And, you know, it could be worse. It was just over 20 years ago that an Alaskan songwriter named Jewel made her debut with Pieces of You, a record that carved out a perfectly confessional, coffeehouse niche between the decline of grunge and the rise of the slinky pop princess. And on September 11th, the “Who Will Save Your Soul” singer will release Picking Up the Pieces, Rolling Stone Country can exclusively confirm, her first collection of new material since 2010 and a follow-up, of sorts, to that breakthrough LP in both subject and spirit. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

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