Italian people apparently really like the Foo Fighters.
In case you missed it, in an incredible collaborative effort to convince the band to play a concert in northern Italy, 1,000 native rock musicians joined together for one epic performance of “Learn To Fly.”
The performance took more than a year to organize, according to the man who orchestrated it who speaks at the end of the video, and it’s easy to understand why. It wasn’t just the cumbersome task of getting all of the people and equipment in one place at one time that’s impressive, but the synchronicity of the musicians is truly astounding.
The instruments play in perfect unison, the voices coalesce into a pleasing harmony.
But what makes the video so enjoyable is the sheer joy and passion evident on the faces of everyone involved. They’re coming together to create something unique with their naturally given gifts, and they couldn’t look happier.
The world needs more artistry and creativity like this. And watching it — three times now — has made me lament the fact that I lack any semblance of musical ability, whatsoever.
If this project, called the Rockin’ 1000, wished to add me as the 1,001st member, the only help I could have contributed is handing out towels to the tired musicians after they finished rocking their faces off.
Or, seeing as my name is Dave and that these Italians have never seen the Foo Fighters live before, I maybe could have convinced them all that I actually was Dave Grohl, and seduced all of their women. Honestly, that plan offers much better odds than Tinder ever will.
But anyway, it didn’t take long for the performance to have its desired goal. Just one day after the video was posted to YouTube on Thursday, Dave Grohl responded in his own video, informing them in their native tongue that “we are coming.”
So there you go folks. If you desperately want to get a personalized performance of your favorite musician, all you need to do is arrange a gargantuan performance of their top song.
Which means all I need to do is find 999 musicians to swing a Taylor Swift song with me.
While I begin work on that, let’s go back to the late Cecil the Lion.
Outrage has not yet diminished. People have said that the dentist who killed him is the latest victim of Internet mob mentality. He’s the villain of the week, and will be long forgotten once a new evildoer pops up.
But I disagree. As I’ve said a million times, people love their animals. Heck, Jimmy Kimmel nearly broke down into tears just discussing the issue on his show. It’s a microcosm of how easy it is to gain America’s sympathy when you put a name and a face to an animal that has been wronged.
Not only that, but the act has brought about change in international policies. Delta has joined a number of airlines in banning animal trophies as cargo, including elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, and every other animal Dorothy and Tin Man feared in the Wizard of Oz.
Anything that discourages big game hunting, I’m all for.
Although, here’s an idea: how about 1,000 hunters seeking out the dentist, Walter Palmer, in one big lethal pursuit?
We can call it the Huntin’ 1000!
Italy, get on this.