David Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ Song Performed Live by 1,000 Musicians
Rockin'1000, the massive group that covered Foo Fighters' "Learn to Fly" last year, recently performed David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" with the help of over 1,000 musicians. Aside from the 1974 hit, the group also covered songs from The White Stripes, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and the Beatles.
The amazing event happened last week at Italy's Orogel Stadium in Cesana. The Rockin'1000, a volunteer-based organization that has been referred to as the biggest rock band in the world, divided its 1,200 members into groups for drummers, guitarists, bassists, vocalists and keyboardists, Rolling Stone reported.
According to Fabio Zaffagnini, the Rockin'1000's founder, the group is about showing how unity and dedication in music can create something great.
"Musicians from all over the world came together and are giving us an incredible show," he said during the event according to Rolling Stone. "They're just like themselves, but they perform like rock stars, with no one standing out - showing us that with passion, dedication and f*cking hard work, we can transform our lives."
"So stick together, no more conflicts and play rock n' roll," he added.
But aside from doing what is probably the biggest cover of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," the band also performed other songs from its set list including "Come Together" by the Beatles, "Police on My Back" by the Clash, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, "It's a Long Way to the Top (If you Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) by AC/DC and "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes, according to Loud Wire.
Rockin'1000 caught the attention of music fans, the general public and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters in July last year when the members of the group came together to perform "Learn to Fly." The performance was meant to convince Grohl and the rest of his bandmates to do a show in Cesana, Independent reported.
The massive publicity stunt worked as the Foo Fighters flew to Italy in November and performed a 27-song concert in the Italian city. Aside from convincing a major rock band to do a special show, the video of Rockin'1000 playing "Learn to Fly" also became a social media hit.