Italian rockers Måneskin took the Prudential Center stage in New Jersey for Tuesday night’s (Sept. 12) VMAs, performing their recently released rave-up “Honey (Are U Coming?)”

Introduced by Chloe x Halle as “provocative performers and unapologetically themselves” who are “the embodiment of global rock stars,” the band started their performance with lead singer Damiano David walking through the crowd shirtless, while holding a video camera that beamed his perspective on screen. Once on stage, David put down the camera, and the band ripped through a tight performance of the new single, with David huddling with guitarist Thomas Raggi and bassist Victoria de Angelis at center stage for proper rock pose-striking.

Måneskin are two-time nominees at this year’s VMAs, winning best rock for their 2022 single “The Loneliest” and also nominated for best group. It’s their second year in a row both winning and performing at the VMAs, having taken best alternative in 2022 for their “I Wanna Be Your Slave,” and also playing “Supermodel” at that same year’s ceremonies — a performance that infamously included a wardrobe malfunction that required MTV to cut away from much of the performance.

“Honey (Are U Coming?)” debuts at No. 37 on Billboard‘s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart this week (dated Sept. 16) — their seventh career hit on the chart, with their Four Seasons cover “Beggin’” hitting No. 2 on the listing in 2021. The band is about to kick off a world tour in support of their 2023 album Rush!, kicking off Sept. 21 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Andrew Unterberger
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