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E116 The Biggest Tribute to the Foo Fighters, Projects Gone Viral with Fabio Zaffagnini and Claudia Spadoni from Rockin' 1000

Season #5

In this episode of Project Management Office Hours, PMO Joe welcomed Fabio Zaffagnini and Claudia Spadoni from Rockin’ 1000. Fabio and his team are the founders of the global movement and sensation Rockin’ 1000 which brings together 1000 musicians to perform concerts. The first concert for Rockin' 1000 was a viral video calling for the Foo Fighters to play a concert in their small hometown of Cesena, Italy.

Project Management Office Hours is a show about the people and projects in project management from around the world. We’ve talked with people from all the continents discussing war, family, history, projects, careers, neuroscience and so many different topics over 115 shows. Each show was a fantastic experience to listen and learn, but there has been 1 guest PMO Joe has been chasing for years…Fabio and the Rockin’ 1000 team.

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Fabio shares the origin story for the video, “So I live in a very small town in Italy, it's called Cesena, and I'm a Foo Fighters fan. And at some point I really wanted Foo Fighters to come and play in my hometown.” He added, “So in order to convince them, I needed something crazy to make some sort of crazy request. So one day this idea popped out in my mind and I had this feeling that if we put on a sort of tribute to the band, the biggest tribute ever made, probably Dave Grohl would have been convinced to come over and play a gig. So I had this idea of asking 1000 musicians to perform altogether simultaneously in a park, one of their songs that was Learn to Fly. And this idea in the beginning was something that I just had, but as days went by, it turned into sort of obsession, so I could not stop thinking about it.”

Claudia and Fabio tell us their story, how they built the biggest Foo Fighters tribute.  Asking the Foo Fighters to play a concert for them in Cesena, Italy. How do you bring to life a crazy idea like this? With the help of project management, that's how. How do you get it funded? Where do you find 1000 musicians? How do you coordinate equipment, video, audio, food, and drink for so many people to come together to play just one song? It was over a yearlong project and they were able to pull it off!

At one point in the video Fabio says, “I’ve been working on this fucking project for more than one year, waking up every morning thinking about how to make it real and this is all that we’ve got. One thousand people, one thousand rockers that came from all over the nation at their own expense and they did it for just one song…” How many of you have had that same thought leading your projects? I’ve been working on this project for over a year, and I keep waking up every morning wondering how it is going to all come together.

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