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Nirvana, David Bowie, White Stripes covered by 1000-fan army

The Rockin' 1000
The Rockin' 1000 in action

The band made up of 1000 Foo Fighters fans, who last year went viral with their cover of Learn To Fly, have turned their attention to Nirvana, David Bowie and the White Stripes.

The Rockin’ 1000 were formed by Fabio Zaffagnini and released a video in July 2015 that’s gone on to notch up 32 million views. They also achieved their aim of having Dave Grohl’s band perform in Cesena.

The collective recently got back together at the city’s Orogel Stadium, where they performed Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Bowie’s Rebel Rebel and the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army.

Zaffagnini said after last year’s feat: “Italy is a country where dreams cannot easily come true, but it’s a land of passion and creativity. What we just did was a huge miracle.”

When the Foo Fighters played Cesena in November, Grohl told the crowd: “The whole world saw what you did. Millions of millions of people. It was a beautiful thing.

“You should do the same thing for fucking… do it for Pearl Jam, do it for Soundgarden, do it for Rage Against The Machine.”

Guest of honour Zaffagnini was invited onto the stage, where he was allowed to sit on the throne Grohl was using while recovering from a broken leg. He later regrouped the Rockin’ 1000 to cover the Foo Fighters’ St Cecilia.

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Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.