Monday, February 3, 2014

Bruno Mars Holds His Own at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Unlike most of America, I stayed away from the Super Bowl entirely yesterday.  I wasn't particularly excited about the teams involved, nor had I been invited to any Super Bowl parties, which is okay with me  I was, as always, though, interested in the musical entertainment presented as the Halftime Show.  This year's headliner was the very talented, but often maligned Bruno Mars, and he alone wasn't enough to make me tune in, but that doesn't mean I didn't watch his performance, and I liked it!

The Super Bowl Halftime Show has been almost as much of a spectacle as the game for some time now, and the acts headlining the show have been sometimes been hit or miss.  Big names such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Gloria Estefan, Tina Turner, Mary J Blige, Aerosmith, and U2 pleased all, while others such as The Who, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and others left our mouths agape at one of the most watched musical performances of the year.

One of the most famous Halftime Shows happened ten years ago, when Nipplegate singlehandedly ruined Janet Jackson's career.  And then there was Madonna's epic performance two years ago, followed by Beyoncé's show last year.  This year was Bruno Mars, not as big a name as these two, but a definite force in today's music industry.

I watched Mars' performance on YouTube this morning and I was pretty impressed.  From the get go, his set was high energy, beginning with the very dramatic and up tempo Locked Out of Heaven before breaking into Treasure.  The Motownish revue continued for a spell until Bruno was joined onstage by none other than the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who jammed with Mars on Give It Away.  The mix was curious, but interesting, and it worked, too.  Afterwards, the classically beautiful and big finale, Just the Way You Are was dedicated to loved ones from troops overseas.  It was a nice ending to a nice show....not too much sass and showiness like in the past two years, but entertaining to the hilt.  Go Bruno!

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