How many musicians does it take to perform Nirvana classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? Well, in the original it took just three but in this video there's over 1,000 musicians including singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers.
This epic band is known as Rockin' 1000 and they're performing at a concert in Cesena, Italy. It all started because the occupants of this Italian city in the north of the country wanted the Foo Fighters to play a gig there. So they got together 1,000 musicians to perform "Learn to Fly" to convince Dave Grohl to stop by while touring.
That was back in 2015 and it worked because the Foo Fighters did come and play a show.
I'm sure even for a group like Nirvana pulling in band members Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear for an impromptu performance would have much easier to compared to getting a thousand musicians together to rock out, which is obviously too gnarly a thing to only do once, so in July 2016 Rockin' 1000 got the band back together to perform a full concert.
One of the songs they performed, in perfect sync too, was Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" which you can watch above. It's released to accompany a live album of their show, That's Live - Life In Cesena 2016, which featured covers of 17 classic rock songs like The Rolling Stones’ "Jumpin’ Jack Flash," Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild," AC/DC's "It's A Long Way To The Top," and Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World."
The album was recorded in front of a crowd of 14,000 at Cesena's Orogel Stadium Dino Manuzzi stadium, with the exact amount of musicians numbering 1200. Rock onwards.