Italian megastar band Måneskin continue to rack up honors and accomplishments. In the months following their win at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam this spring, their music has found new fans beyond Europe’s shores. This has led to another amazing opportunity. The Italian rockers will make their American television debut on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”! We first spotted it on a Twitter fan account (appropriately named “Måneskin News”). The NBC web site backs it up.
?? | Måneskin schedule at the U.S.:
— October 26th: Interview + Performance at "The Tonight Show" starring Jimmy Fallon.
— October 27th: The Bowery, NY (Concert)
— November 1st: The Roxy, LA (Concert)
List to be updated. pic.twitter.com/AlbINJVtmN
— Måneskin News (@ManeskinNews) October 20, 2021
The members of Måneskin are set to rock “The Tonight Show” stage on Tuesday, October 26th. They will sit down with host Jimmy Fallon for an interview, and also perform one of their songs (although we don’t yet know which one). The other guests that night are Drew Barrymore and Mo Rocca.
Måneskin have enjoyed rare success for Eurovision winners when it comes to breaking into the U.S. music market. Their Eurovision-winning song “Zitti e buoni’ achieved a peak of #22 on the Billboard Global 200. Their follow-up single, “I Wanna Be Your Slave”, surged up the charts even more, becoming their second Billboard top ten hit, reaching #1 on Billboard‘s US Hot Hard Rock Songs chart the week of June 26th, 2021. Surprisingly (or maybe not, at this point), their 2017 cover of the US band The Four Seasons’s popular hit from 1967, “Beggin”, has reached the greatest heights so far, hitting #15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart (as of the most recent chart for the week of October 23rd) , with no signs of stopping its skyward momentum.
Damiano, Ethan, Victoria, and Thomas won’t just be hitting the airwaves on their trip to the American side of the pond, however. Their “Tonight Show” appearance comes just one day before they are to take the stage at the famous Bowery Ballroom (shortened to “The Bowery” in music circles) in Manhattan, New York on October 27th. The building that houses “The Bowery” was built to be a high-end shoe store and haberdashery just before the devastating Wall Street Crash of 1929. It then went through periods of being vacant and housing shops, until it was fully renovated to become The Bowery Ballroom in 1998. The 575-person capacity venue was crowned the “#1 Best Club in America” by Rolling Stone magazine in 2019. It has played host to a wide variety of musical talent, including R.E.M, Coldplay, Kanye West, Joan Jett, Tony Bennett, Lana Del Rey, The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Metallica, and Lady Gaga. Joan Baez recorded her Bowery Songs album live there in 2004, and the venue also appears in the 2000 film Coyote Ugly, as well as the 2008 film Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
The quartet of Måneskin won’t have long to rest. On the heels of their New York appearances, they will have to jet clear across the U.S. to perform at another venue with an even longer and storied history. The Italian quad are set to perform a concert at the legendary Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, California (often referred to as just “The Roxy”) on November 1st. Opened in September 1973, the 500-seat Roxy has served as the venue for a who’s who of legendary performances and album recordings, from Neil Young and Bob Marley, to Stevie Wonder and Guns N’ Roses, and even welcomed Adele during her debut concert tour “An Evening With Adele” in 2008.
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Unfortunately, any fans hoping to witness Måneskin’s appearances in person had their hopes dashed quickly, as both venues sold out within four to five hours of tickets going on sale (although it can be claimed that ticket sites may have gobbled up some of them, as sites such as StubHub seem to have tickets ranging all the way from $183 — to over $5,000!). Clearly American audiences are hungry to embrace more Eurovision artists’ music (as 2019 Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence’s and Måneskin’s recent chart success here show)! Here’s hoping that their appearances are well attended and Eurovision artists continue finding success in the red, white, and blue!
Do you think Måneskin have what it takes to continue to find success outside of Europe? Do you think nightclub venues are the right place to continue to introduce their music to American audiences? Let us know in the comments below!