Rudy Mancuso, who rose to fame on Vine and is now building a massive following on YouTube, is set to hit the road this weekend with pop luminary Justin Bieber. Mancuso will open for Bieber during three stops on his Purpose Tour in Brazil on March 29, April 1, and April 2.
This will mark the first time that 25-year-old Mancuso has performed in front of tens of thousands of fans, and his set will comprise both original music and covers, during which he will play all instruments, including piano, guitar, and drums. Check out some exclusive rehearsal footage below:
In addition to his musical chops, Mancuso is also building a name for himself on YouTube with his very own comedy channel, which has amassed 1.8 million subscribers and over 150 million lifetime views in roughly one year. He also owns a second channel called Awkward Puppets, and headlined a YouTube Red Christmas special alongside Mariah Carey titled The Keys Of Christmas.
Mancuso and Bieber are longtime friends and business partners. Mancuso is represented by digital entertainment outfit Shots Studios, in which Bieber is a partner alongside owners John and Sam Shahidi. Mancuso and Bieber have also collaborated on several Vines, as well as a jam session Mancuso posted to his YouTube channel last year.
Mancuso, who is of Brazilian and Italian descent, told People that appearing onstage in Brazil holds a special meaning for him. “My first language was Portuguese, and everything from Brazilian food, music, people — the culture as a whole is such a huge part of my life. It’s in my blood,” he said. “So how do I touch base with those people? I can’t think of a better, more extreme way than to be onstage in a room with a lot of them.”Facebook Comments