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Former ASU football player sings opera to neighbors in Spain on lockdown

Gus Farwell is using his voice in a way he could have never imagined: by bringing hope to a community during a time of uncertainty.

PHOENIX — If you’ve been to an ASU football game, you’ve likely heard Gus Farwell’s voice, or you may even remember him as Jake Plummer’s backup on the 1996 Rose Bowl team.

The football player turned opera singer is the voice behind the, ”Go Devils Go” chant.

Farwell now lives in Spain with his wife and two daughters, and he’s using that voice in a way he could have never imagined; bringing hope to a community during a time of uncertainty.

Every night at 8 p.m, those living in Spain come outside and clap to pay tribute to health workers. The first time Gus experienced it, he couldn’t hold back from singing a few words. 

From then on, a new tradition was born. Gus sings to and for his neighbors every night.

“What really set it off is there are two little girls that live downstairs that are probably six or seven,” said Gus. “They left me two notes in my mail. They drew pictures of me on the balcony singing and left little notes saying,  ‘Will you sing for us tonight? Thank you for singing,’ and that just killed me. 

Perhaps in some inexplicable way, the moment was meant to be. After a failed audition in 2019, Gus nearly stopped singing.

“I was just so disappointed how badly it went and I haven’t sung in eight months, I haven't done anything. It’s taken this to remind me of why I love to sing.”

Gus’s children record videos of him singing the family posts to social media. He’s gotten more than 100,000 views on a single video and messages from people all across the world.

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