Foo Fighters pledge Italy visit after viral video

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters has promised to bring the American band to a central Italian town after a video put together by Italian musicians performing the group’s “Learn to Fly” went viral.

Foo Fighters pledge Italy visit after viral video
Over 1,000 musicians performing there performing the group’s “Learn to Fly” in a park in Cesena. Screengrab/YouTube

The video below clocked up over five million views in just 48 hours when it was posted on YouTube late last week.

The project kicked off in spring 2014, when Fabio Zaffagnini and several friends were looking for “a mad idea” to convince the rock band to come to Cesena, in the Emilia-Romagna region, to play for them.

“We’re coming, I swear,” Grohl said. “We’ll see each other soon.”

After a year's planning, 1,000 fans met up in a park in the city on July 26th to thrash out the song on drums, guitars and microphones, belting out the hit tune together as the sun set.

“One thousand people, one thousand rockers, come at their own cost from all over the country, for a single song, your song,” Zafagnini says at the end of the video.

“So we ask you, the Foo Fighters, to come and play for us here in Cesena,” he said.

Posted on Thursday on YouTube, the video had over been viewed over five million times by late Friday and over 16 million by Monday morning.


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Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs

Damiano David, the frontman of Italy's Eurovision winners Maneskin, has passed a drug test he took on Monday to clear his name after speculation that he had snorted cocaine at the song contest's grand final.

Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs
Damiano David of Maneskin performs at the Eurovision final. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

A drug test was “voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU”, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Monday evening. 

“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed,” the EBU said in a statement, adding that it had checked all available video footage as part of “a thorough review of the facts”.

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David, who was shown on camera leaning over a table backstage in what some speculated could be drug use, had strongly denied the allegations. 

He said the footage showed him sweeping up some glass broken by one of his bandmates.

Måneskin with their trophy after winning the final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Sander Koning / ANP / AFP

There had been calls for “total transparency” from officials in France, which came a close second in the song contest, after the clip went viral following Saturday’s final in the Netherlands.

The French minister for Europe said that drug use should be grounds for disqualification, though the head of France’s public broadcasting group said they did not plan to challenge the result.

David told interviewers he was “really offended” by the speculation, which he said had marred Italy’s first Eurovision victory in 31 years.

“We are alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band,” the EBU said, adding that it was looking forward to “a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year”.