Rockin' 1000

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The Rockin' 1000 is a group of rock musicians primarily from Italy. Over a thousand musicians play and sing simultaneously at their concerts. The group was originally assembled in July 2015 as a way to ask the Foo Fighters to visit the town of Cesena, Italy.[1][2] Originally organized in a crowdfunding effort by Fabio Zaffagnini, the Rockin' 1000 have made several subsequent appearances, and have been dubbed the "biggest band in the world".[3][4] Their initial performance in 2015 was made under the direction of Marco Sabiu.[5]

Large-scale groups under the name Rockin' 1000 have been reassembled for some subsequent performances. On 7 July 2019, Rockin' 1000 played 18 songs in the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. With 1,002 musicians playing in front of an audience of 15,000 spectators, the project achieved the world record for the largest performing rock band.[citation needed] Hundreds of guitarists, bass players, drummers, keyboardists, and singers—as well as wind sections, and string sections—joined together, playing rock classics by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Oasis, Depeche Mode and others.[6]


  1. ^ "The Biggest Band In The World – Italy's Rockin'1000 Founder Fabio Zaffagnini On Foo Fighters, Viral Success And Their Mad Live Show". NME. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  2. ^ Jack Shepherd (4 November 2015). "Foo Fighters play 27-song-set to the 1000 'Learn to Fly' rockers in Italy". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  3. ^ "David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' Song Performed Live by 1,000 Musicians". Music Times. 2016-08-02. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  4. ^ "Watch David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' Performed by 1,000 People". Rolling Stone. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  5. ^ "Foo Fighters Promise to Visit Italian Town After Viral Video". Rolling Stone. 2015-08-02. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  6. ^ "Largest Rock Band on Earth Plays Concert in Germany". RID (Rekord-Institut für Deutschland). Retrieved 2019-12-30.

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