Skip to comments.Super Bowl 2014: Bruno Mars stands — and delivers — in halftime show
Posted on 02/03/2014 7:23:53 AM PST by SeekAndFind
Review: Young charmer Bruno Mars brings fresh energy to familiar styles during his brief but snapped-tight set. Too bad L.A.'s own Red Hot Chili Peppers crashed the stage.
The question dominated much of the nonfootball-related chatter in the run-up to Sunday's Super Bowl: As the featured act of this year's halftime show, was Bruno Mars really up to the job of entertaining a television audience of approximately 100 million people?
The answer, it turned out, was yes. But before he could prove it, Mars had to weather a storm of skepticism. He's only 28, decades younger than other artists who've played the show recently, such as Prince and the Rolling Stones. And Mars has released only two albums, a puny songbook compared to the deep troves of Bruce Springsteen and the Who.
The singer himself seemed to acknowledge his inexperience at a news conference last week, saying the call to perform "definitely came soon" in his career. (Wary of arming his naysayers, he quickly added, "I ain't scared.")
Yet after several halftime extravaganzas touched by controversy including the appearance of M.I.A.'s middle finger during Madonna's 2012 show and last year's performance by Beyoncé, who just weeks prior had caused an uproar by lip-synching at President Obama's second inauguration it's easy to see why the National Football League chose Mars to headline Sunday's halftime show at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
An old-fashioned charmer with old-fashioned talent, Mars is probably the most wholesome star in Top 40 pop right now, not to mention the one whose skill set most readily overlaps with that of the legends of yesteryear. He's also deeply unlikely to flash any skin a reassuring prospect to NFL brass still haunted by a glimpse of Janet Jackson's nipple 10 years ago.
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Part James Brown, part Michael Jackson. It was a great performance.
I don’t like James Brown or Michael Jackson. I think these half-time shows need to be abolished. :p
For those who missed it, here’s his full 14 minute halftime show performance at the Superbowl:
The performance wore its sources well, doubling as a history lesson in song.
The songs Mars offered represented a virtual pop nexus of the last 40 years, touching on bouncy ‘60s Motown (Reminding me of the Temptations), fun ‘70s disco funk, slick ‘80s pop and a hint of modern hip-hop-flash. At one point, he even referenced James Brown’s fast-footed dance moves.
For those who missed it, heres his full 14 minute halftime show performance at the Superbowl:
The performance wore its sources well, doubling as a history lesson in song.
The songs Mars offered represented a virtual pop nexus of the last 40 years, touching on bouncy 60s Motown (Reminding me of the Temptations), fun 70s disco funk, slick 80s pop and a hint of modern hip-hop-flash. At one point, he even referenced James Browns fast-footed dance moves.
Most of all, it was well... decent, old school entertainment.
I was surprised when I heard Bruno Mars was going to be the halftime performer. I must admit I think he did an excellent job. I’m not a fan of his music, but he put on a very good performance.
Bruno Mars has grown on me, and a lot of that is because he draws on classic soul and R&B.
I concur with the authors opinion in regard to the Red Hot Chili Poopers.
He did great. They could’ve done without the other group that showed up on stage though.
Anyone seen the 5th Element. Bruno “is” Ruby Rhod.
Yep, so "wholesome" his CD has a Parental Advisory sticker on it.
I’ve become a Bruno Mars fan over time. He is a heck of a performer. His early songs were hokey, but his newer stuff is pretty good.
i thought the halftime show was really good... Bruno Mars was quite the performer... a lot of times the performances flop... and being a RHCP fan, i enjoyed them too :)
Bring back "Up With People!"
The clean cuts lost points, IMO.
RHCP own, dude.
IMHO, Bruno Mars and his backups did a wonderful job. They had a lot of energy and to be honest.. he sounded good. Gosh, remember a few years back that band with Fergie in it? Horrible!! I enjoyed the halftime performance... the game? Not so much.
How did the opera singer do on the Anthem?
Last night’s was the first SB I’ve turned on in a decade. Left the room for a bit at the start of the half-time show, but when I returned, Mars was on and it was a total delight to stay on the channel to watch him, rather than switch to TWC.
I’ve seen clips of the Rolling Stone/Paul McCartney/Beyonce halftime performances. Blah! This young man entertained in a way that emphasized his (and his group’s) actual God-given talent instead of blue smoke and mirrors.
Ummm.. You mean The Red Hot Chili Peppers? They have only been around for 3 decades and are far,far more well known that Bruno Mars.
RE: How did the opera singer do on the Anthem?
If you love opera, Renee Fleming delivered a powerful, impressive anthem (Mario Lanza and Roberta Peters would be proud).
Listen for yourself:
Agree. Not a “fan” of his music but it was a great performance. Best since Prince IMHO.
I hope this is sarcasm. Sometimes I can't tell because sometimes it is downright scary just how oblivious some Freepers are to the world around them.
The national anthem took about 5 minutes to complete. It was sung with respect, but way to stylized for my tastes.
“Yep, so “wholesome” his CD has a Parental Advisory sticker on it.”
Yeah, I am a bit confused about the admiration this guy is getting.
Edit to add, what I appreciate about Renee Fleming’s version of the anthem is the straightforward singing, none of those annoying melismatic decorations (especially when they hit the part of the LAND OF THE FREEEEEE <-— this is where it often gets annoying ) modern singers tend to add to the anthem.
From what I remember, her intonation was off on a few notes, and her tone wasn’t what I thought an opera singer should sound like, but what do I know.
This was great - finally a half-time show the whole family could watch.
And I heard through the family grapevine that my 93 yr old Granny stayed up past her bedtime just to watch the RHCP.
We thoughtit was a refreshing change and with no wardrobe malfunctions. :-)
Thanks Seek! I am definitely not an opera fan, but I felt Fleming would do a lot better job that those in the recent past.
You’re just wrong. He was great.
I don’t get it. I walked in the room, Bruno Mars half time show was on, I thought it was just awful.
I see this line of guys singing with no talent and dancing like the boy bands of the 80s, reminded me of n sync.
I thought it was awful. Then I see everyone saying how great it was.
I’m used to a higher talent level. I listen to Siriusly Sinatra all the time...these guys...no.
I actually like Bruno Mars. He fills the void left by Michael Jackson (without all of the craziness). I like his Police homage song, Locked out of Heaven.
Chili Peppers woke the place up. Mars was good, but it was going on too long and starting to get Vegasy. Needed some balls at that point, and the Chili Peppers provided.
I have no idea who Bruno is and all I know about TRHCP is .. I've heard the name.
I watched/listened to Bruno a couple of minutes and I liked the music and his presentation.
The rest is in my previous post.
I still think the Cactus Cuties should do the Anthem for the Super Bowl.
Yea. Tipper Gores Parental Advisory Labels. /s
We saw Bruno Mars “LIVE” at the New York State Fair. We had great seats for this show. It was outside and seating was metal benches inside what looked like a corral or cow pen. The ambiance was cow manure and throngs cackling.
Bruno Mars came out and gave a great performance to the screams of teeny boppers who wouldn’t know real talent while they were witnessing it.
He gave it his all as if he were performing for 100,000,000 sophisticated people. It was fantastic! He is the REAL deal. No one, who had seen him live, would have any doubts about his being selected for the Superbowl.
Bruno Mars is REAL talent, something rare in today’s pop music.
Never heard of Bruno Mars before but put on a great performance. Red Hot Chili Peppers were quite a contrast but I like them and the overall energy of the show was great. Much more entertaining than the game
My opinion precisely (although I still long for the days of the half-time “Butt-Bowl). I also enjoyed the brief performance by the Chili Peppers. Flea is a “hoot” and a decent bass player.
Never heard of him, so my day is fine without knowing who or what he is.
I thought it was a great performance. James Brown meets early Michael Jackson. I’m not a fan of either, or of Bruno Mars, but it was a good show. I always wonder how much is to a recorded track, and how much is live. If that was all live, it was impressive.
If that is talent...we’re in trouble....
agreed....Red Hot Chili Peppers ruined it...my 10YO daughter is an accomplished dancer and when he did the James Brown moves i heard “oh- wow!” from her...
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