MÅNESKIN Live! – Dallas (Are U Coming?)

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Måneskin – Photo Credit: Emma Jaye

In the wake of delivering the world-premiere performance of their new hit single Honey (Are U Coming?) and an electrifying win for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards, Måneskin has left no room for doubt about their plans for conquering the global music scene.  Last December, Screamer Magazine published our first live review of the Italian Rock Provocateurs who seduced America on their first major U.S tour.  Although we were lucky enough to witness them in an intimate fashion, the capacity crowd that evening assured us that they were meant for stadiums. 

An explosive sold-out performance at the legendary Madison Square Garden set the stage for the recent Dallas show and kicked off a world tour in support of their 2023 globally acclaimed album Rush!.  Despite the allure of the renowned ACL music festival taking place nearby, fans line up around the building and pack The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. A concert goer who traveled from Colorado even had food delivered to her spot in line so that she wouldn’t miss a chance at snagging a front row spot.  From vibrantly dressed teenagers and twenty-somethings to the seasoned glam-rock enthusiasts, it is clear that Måneskin’s music has made an impression that transcends age and appeals to all walks of life.  An array of both humorous and explicit signs reading “T*ts out for Texas” and “Italians Do It Better” can be seen riding the wave of eager fans as they push hard against the barrier.  As the lights fall, the audience collectively fixates on the stage in anticipation for the first sight of their favorite band member.  Draped in red light, the slinky silhouette of each shadowy figure sends the crowd into a frenzy, until the magical moment when the large-scale lighting production is finally unveiled with the full band.  

Ethan Torchio – Photo Credit: Emma Jaye

Drummer Ethan Torchio takes his throne and delivers a raw pounding energy that has the crowd dancing from the first hit.  Intoxicating frontman Damiano David lures the crowd in with the minimalistic lyrics of Don’t Wanna Sleep, allowing everyone to sing along…and the entire crowd does.  Eyes are drawn stage right to the enigmatic bassist Victoria De Angelis who has both men and women screaming her name (just the way she likes it).  And by the end of the song, guitarist Thomas Raggi showcases his musical mastery with a high flying solo that has the spectators spellbound.  This foursome infuses unique personalities and style to create a crowd-killing combination of musical rapture.  Most importantly, it’s incredibly refreshing to see new age artists ACTUALLY play their instruments instead of relying heavily on a backing track.  As the set moves through the Italian-crooned Zitti E Buoni, the delightfully tongue-in-cheek Hollywood sob story of Supermodel, and the funky yet punchy Gossip (Featuring Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine on the album), there are many little moments left for each member of Måneskin to let go from the album sound and take the crowd on an unanticipated journey. 

Damiano David – Photo Credit: Emma Jaye

As written about in our previous live review, one of Måneskin’s most intriguing and defining characteristics both on and off stage is their unabashed sexual energy.  Lead singer David delicately drips sensuality from the suggestive way that he moves to the way his voice caresses the senses, while De Angelis shoots a magnetic gaze that locks your attention to the way that she whips her hair and runs her hands down the neck of her guitar.  Sex appeal has proven through the decades to make you a fan favorite, but what sets Måneskin apart is that they are not merely relying on alluring visuals alone.  They seamlessly blend sexual charisma with an undeniable talent that transforms every live song into a journey through desire and musical prowess.  And their blend of rock, pop, punk, and funk entices music lovers of all genres. 

Victoria De Angelis – Photo Credit: Emma Jaye

As the night unfolds, the adoring audience feeds the energy of the band, who  amplify their performance as the 23 song setlist fires on.  From De Angelis playing in the center of the crowd to Raggi playing screaming solos on his back, there is always a new performance element to look out for.  Coraline pulls back the sound and features a soft spotlight on David, before the grunge guitar and drum solo tears in for a big musical climax.  Gasoline sparks a flame with pyrotechnics and an anthemic feel.  For Your Love introduces the most unique sound of the night with gravely-sung lyrics, thunderous drum fills, squealing guitar that edges you until the end, and a spotlight antic by David that makes you feel as though you have been transported to a much better era of live music.  Amidst the whirlwind set, David announces the launch of an extended version of Rush! (that will be released November 10th) and gives the crowd a taste with the unreleased track The Driver.  This song was first unveiled at a pop-up performance in Times Square only weeks before, but many fans are already singing the lyrics.  It is quite controversial whether the progression of technology has stripped the magical exclusivity of live performances, or enhanced them.  Either way, the latest song erupted through the pavilion.  One of the beautiful highlights of the evening is an acoustic set that no one expected, especially since David and Raggi snuck through the shadows and emerged from the makeshift soundboard stage.  The concertgoers pushed up to the barrier turn and run for a close-up acoustic encounter.  Not only does the single acoustic guitar and soft vocals provide a more intimate ambiance, but the heartfelt lyrics of Timezone and If Not For You evoke emotion from many of the tear-stained faces singing along. 

Thomas Raggi – Photo Credit: Emma Jaye

The musical contrast of the second half of their set is an adventure through love, satire, musicianship and a performance that keeps you on your toes and dancing the entire time.  Critics who expected Måneskin to be a short-lived novelty are surely laughing now.  These Grammy-Nominated musicians have dazzled Dallas, supported the Rolling Stones, collaborated with Iggy Pop and have made a name for themselves in only a few short years.  Don’t miss your chance in a city or country near you to witness these rising rockstars in action. 

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RUSH! World Tour

***NEW tour dates***

September 3, 2023 – Hanover, Germany – EXPO Plaza

September 6, 2023  – Nancy, France – Nancy Open Air

September 21, 2023 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

September 23, 2023 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

September 25, 2023 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

September 27, 2023 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena

September 29, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena

October 1, 2023 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill

October 3, 2023 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium

October 6, 2023 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

October 10, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum

October 13, 2023 – Oakland, CA – Oakland Arena

October 15, 2023 – Vancouver, BC – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre

October 20, 2023 – Mexico City, Mexico – Palacio De Los Deportes

October 24, 2023 – Bogotá, Colombia – Movistar Arena

October 27, 2023 – Santiago, Chile – Estadio Bicentenario La Florida

October 29, 2023 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Movistar Arena

November 1, 2023 -Rio de Janeiro,  Brazil – Qualistage

November 3, 2023 – San Paulo, Brazil – Espaço Unimed

November 20, 2023 – Brisbane, QLD – BCEC

November 22, 2023 – Sydney, NSW – Hordern Pavilion

November 23, 2023 – Melbourne, VIC – Margaret Court Arena

November 25, 2023 – Adelaide, SA – AEC Theatre

November 27, 2023 – Singapore

December 2, 2023 –  Tokyo, Japan

December 3, 2023 –  Tokyo, Japan

December 7, 2023 – Kobe, Japan

December 14, 2023 – Dublin, Ireland –  3 Arena

December 19, 2023 – Manchester, UK – AO Arena

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