Dubbed the largest rock band on earth, the ensemble of over 1,000 musicians gathered in Cesena, Italy’s Orogel Stadium for a massive concert. After releasing footage of performances of Smells Like Teen Spirit, The Foo Fighters‘ Learn to Fly and The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army, the group has now shared a video for David Bowie‘s Rebel Rebel.
While the heavily chorused cover may not capture some of the glam rock swing of the Diamond Dogs-era Bowie original, it does serve as a powerful reminder of the track’s lasting appeal.
The thousand plus ensemble, which is open to all, comprises of several hundred vocalists, guitarists, bass players, percussionists, and keyboardists. Joining these standard musicians is the less conventional addition of 14 bagpipe players. Those with the spare change to fly to Italy and a desire to join up can audition via their official website.
Rebel Rebel, orginaly released in 1974, is frequently cited as Bowie’s most-covered song. The riff-driven track, replete with references to quaaludes and gender-bending androgyny, was quickly adopted as an anthem of glam rock culture.
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