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This video of 1,000 people performing a Foo Fighters song will make everything better

Emily St. James was a senior correspondent for Vox, covering American identities. Before she joined Vox in 2014, she was the first TV editor of the A.V. Club.

Look, I am not a huge Foo Fighters fan. I don't even really like "Learn to Fly," one of the rock band's signature hits.

But just watch the video above. Look at it. It's one of the finest achievements of human culture maybe ever. I guarantee you, no matter how you feel about this song, or this band, or the nation of Italy, you will come out of this video feeling better about everything.

One thousand people gathered in an Italian field to perform "Learn to Fly." The drummers play in perfect synchronization. The guitarists rock out in 4/4 time. The singers hop around and smile in the gleaming sun. It's like the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" ad if what was being sold was the incredibly specific desire to have the Foo Fighters come play a concert in Cesena, Italy.

250 drummers drumming.

The drummers are in perfect synchronization.



Coordinate those guitar movements, folks.


Yes, the goal of the above performance was literally just to get the Foos to come and play the kind of small town (just under 100,000 people) that the band would normally skip on a tour like this. But as a sales pitch, it's pretty damn great. Cesena seems like the best place to hang out ever, thanks to this performance.

And it worked! The Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl has promised to swing by — in Italian, no less.

Ci vediamo a presto, Cesena.... xxx Davide

Posted by Foo Fighters on Friday, July 31, 2015

So now you know all you need to know about how to get your favorite band to visit your town: Get 1,000 people together and rehearse your favorite song enough times to perform it perfectly. No pressure.




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