reviewAfter rock band Måneskin won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021, the group has turned into the most successful Eurovision winner in years. On Monday evening, the group played a spirited show at the sold-out Ziggo Dome.
It all started about 60 kilometers away as a crow flies. Frontman Damiano David remembers it tonight in pure rock star language”The beginning of this whole shitMåneskin’s Eurovision win, in May 2021 at Rotterdam Ahoy, brings the Romanian quartet to the sold-out Ziggo Dome in two years.
The group turned out to be an unexpected success not only in Europe. The US also rocks a three-string primal rock resurgence, with a Grammy nomination for Best Film tentatively for Minskin.
Anyone looking around the bulging auditorium on a Monday night will immediately see who makes up the group’s fan colony: girls around 20 are heavily represented, much like the eye shadow users the band members pull out of their make-up jar at every show. The fanaticism of young fans led to the unexpected rebirth of guitar-punk rock with the accompanying we-don’t-care-for attitude.
There are, of course, also criticisms in the meantime: Manskin won’t be a rock band, but he will play. With a tightly tailored Gucci outfit, high heels and rock 3 minutes prepared according to a strict recipe. Rock and roll from a 3D printer.
These are rather flimsy arguments that distract from the real question: Is Måneskin an exciting band of enough quality to extend the initial hype for long?
To answer that, it’s not, of course, about appearances – although it would be hard to find four label heads better at casting – but about the music.
And Ziggo Dome is very promising. Indeed, you might sometimes wish the group could break free from the cramped formula of glam rock pounding, but if you add that four guys in their early twenties play one of their first shows here, you certainly see potential. If music is primarily about transmitting energy, Måneskin does well tonight.
The band is not based on ingenuity, but on passion. At a sprint pace, Måneskin stalks through his group. In no more than 90 minutes, the band scrambled through 22 songs.
Then during that time there was also a transition to a small stage in the back of the hall for two, unfortunately, two rather mediocre semi-acoustic songs.
Måneskin is best when the inner rage of the group mingles with the sweat of the maniac’s play, making all eyeshadows roll. It worked for Zitti e Buoni, the Eurovision champion. But in particular the Italian-language “La Fine” is an amazingly beautiful rock song. Incomprehensible without a dictionary, but in its power of persuasion it is enough to spend an evening.
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