Benefiting San Patrignano — an organization that helps youth overcome addiction, with founder/GM, Fabio Zaffagnini

Rockin’ 1000 Founder, Fabio Zaffagnini

The Rockin’ 1000 are at it again, and I love every minute of it. Rockin’1000 has announced their fourth big event where over 1,000 musicians play together in unison Saturday, July 21 at Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence with That’s Live 2018.

EDIT/UPDATE (5/14/18): Courtney Love will be joining the Rockin’ 1000 in Florence!

Courtney Love:
The first time I saw the Rockin’1000 video, I thought, ‘I want to do that!’ The sight and sound of a thousand musicians connecting with their audience in this open, transcultural way was incredible. It reminded me of the early punk scene, with its community centered around diversity and acceptance. And after I learned about Rockin’1000’s and Only the Brave Foundation’s commitment to San Patrignano, a charity dedicated to fighting addiction and social exclusion, I knew I had to be a part of it.

Rockin’1000 General Manager/Founder Fabio Zaffagnini:
We had long dreamed of seeing the Thousand play a show with an international star, so when Courtney Love accepted our invitation we were thrilled and honored. A special thank you from all of us at Rockin’1000 to Renzo Rosso and Only The Brave Foundation who introduced us to this iconic artist. We’re sure it will be an unforgettable experience for her and for everyone who experiences the thrill of this sea of instruments and voices.

After the infamous Rockin’1000 — Romagna calling Foo Fighters, the performance from 2015 that brought the famous American band to Cesena thanks to a video that went all around the world, there was That’s Live, the first concert in Cesena Stadium in 2016, and Summer Camp, the two days of immersion in nature and music at the feet of the White Mountain in Courmayeur in 2017.

Today, the biggest Rock Band in the world brings That’s Live to Florence, to start up again with a new, unforgettable show.

With respect to 2016, there are many changes, some of which will make That’s Live rich with fresh elements: for the first time, Rockin’1000 will challenge itself to a charity partnership, donating part of the proceeds to San Patrignano, a non religious community that, in 40 years of activity, has housed and helped thousands of youths to overcome addiction problems completely free of charge. Furthermore, Rockin’1000 is upholding its partnership with Arezzo Wave from last year, the longest living festival and contest dedicated to emerging bands.

There are two important changes regarding the call to musicians. This time, the number of musicians will be raised to 1,500, rather than 1,000, and two new instrumental sections will be added in: one dedicated to singers (250), and the other dedicated to percussion (50), which will go side by side with the other 5 sections of the classic rock formation: drums (250), guitars (300), bass (250), keyboards (100), and vocals (300). Every instrumental section is looking for musicians (see below on how to apply).

From Founder and General Manager, Fabio Zaffagnini:

The times are ripe for a great city like Florence and a great stage like Artemio Franchi stadium. Artists of the caliber of Patti Smith, Clash, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen have shown themselves off here, and to think that this summer, our 1000 will show themselves off, it’s a big source of pride for all of us. We’re expecting an unprecedented Italian and foreign participation, and we’ve been working incessantly for months to make sure that July 21, 2018 will be remembered as an unforgettable evening. This is really a special edition, and for the first time in our history, we will share this milestone of our journey with the community of San Patrignano, donating part of the proceeds to a project that has struck us deeply because of the task, values, and results.

~Fabio Zaffagnini

The call to musicians is open all year. Starting from the launch of the new project, the musicians that have passed the selection will be able to confirm their availability and enter into all of the effects in the ensemble that will perform July 21, 2018 in Florence.
For those who are newly registered: it is possible to send your own application through the link:
The call will be officially closed June 30, 2018.
After having passed 1,500 participating musicians, a list of attendance will be implemented.
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