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Super Bowl 2014: Bruno Mars stands and delivers in halftime show
Los Angeles Times ^ | 02/03/2014 | Mikael Wood

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: brunomars; superbowl2014; whocares
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1 posted on 02/03/2014 7:23:54 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Part James Brown, part Michael Jackson. It was a great performance.


2 posted on 02/03/2014 7:25:34 AM PST by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

I don’t like James Brown or Michael Jackson. I think these half-time shows need to be abolished. :p


3 posted on 02/03/2014 7:26:32 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: thefactor

Bruno: good
RHCP: BAD!


4 posted on 02/03/2014 7:27:09 AM PST by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: SeekAndFind

For those who missed it, here’s his full 14 minute halftime show performance at the Superbowl:

http://www.justjared.com/2014/02/02/bruno-mars-super-bowl-halftime-show-2014-video-watch-now/

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.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 7:27:30 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: thefactor

For those who missed it, here’s his full 14 minute halftime show performance at the Superbowl:

http://www.justjared.com/2014/02/02/bruno-mars-super-bowl-halftime-show-2014-video-watch-now/

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.

Most of all, it was well... decent, old school entertainment.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 7:28:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Michael.SF.

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.


7 posted on 02/03/2014 7:28:45 AM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bruno Mars has grown on me, and a lot of that is because he draws on classic soul and R&B.


8 posted on 02/03/2014 7:30:29 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I concur with the authors opinion in regard to the Red Hot Chili Poopers.


9 posted on 02/03/2014 7:31:04 AM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: SeekAndFind

He did great. They could’ve done without the other group that showed up on stage though.


10 posted on 02/03/2014 7:31:59 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: SeekAndFind

11 posted on 02/03/2014 7:32:36 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anyone seen the 5th Element. Bruno “is” Ruby Rhod.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsJKdxPwZdk


12 posted on 02/03/2014 7:33:02 AM PST by jyro (French-like Democrats wave the white flag of surrender while we are winning)
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To: SeekAndFind
Mars is probably the most wholesome star in Top 40 pop right now

Yep, so "wholesome" his CD has a Parental Advisory sticker on it.

13 posted on 02/03/2014 7:34:29 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


14 posted on 02/03/2014 7:34:59 AM PST by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: VA_Gentleman

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 :)


15 posted on 02/03/2014 7:35:17 AM PST by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: GeronL
I don’t like James Brown or Michael Jackson. I think these half-time shows need to be abolished. :p

Bring back "Up With People!"

16 posted on 02/03/2014 7:35:35 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

He sucked!


17 posted on 02/03/2014 7:35:36 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: nascarnation
Bruno Mars' real name is Peter Gene Hernandez. His father is of half Puerto Rican and half Jewish (from Hungary and Ukraine) descent, and is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Mars' mother immigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines as a child, and was of Filipino, and some Spanish, descent.

At the age of two, he was nicknamed "Bruno" by his father, because of his resemblance to legendary professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino.

18 posted on 02/03/2014 7:35:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
I wasn't really listening/watching .. the TV was on, but I was reading FR ... and when I did look around, some grunge band had gotten on stage with some pretty good clean cuts and THEY ALL were hoppin' around like friggin' PSY or whatever his name is.

The clean cuts lost points, IMO.

19 posted on 02/03/2014 7:36:46 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Michael.SF.

RHCP own, dude.


20 posted on 02/03/2014 7:37:32 AM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: latina4dubya
"and being a RHCP fan, i enjoyed them too :)"

FLEA RULES!

21 posted on 02/03/2014 7:39:15 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


22 posted on 02/03/2014 7:39:25 AM PST by momtothree
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To: SeekAndFind

How did the opera singer do on the Anthem?


23 posted on 02/03/2014 7:40:02 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


24 posted on 02/03/2014 7:42:44 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: b4its2late
He did great. They could’ve done without the other group that showed up on stage though

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.

25 posted on 02/03/2014 7:43:03 AM PST by southern rock
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7etXoNrwP8c


26 posted on 02/03/2014 7:44:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: thefactor

Agree. Not a “fan” of his music but it was a great performance. Best since Prince IMHO.


27 posted on 02/03/2014 7:45:10 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch
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To: knarf
... and when I did look around, some grunge band had gotten on stage with some pretty good clean cuts and THEY ALL were hoppin' around like friggin' PSY or whatever his name is. The clean cuts lost points, IMO.

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.

28 posted on 02/03/2014 7:45:34 AM PST by southern rock
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

The national anthem took about 5 minutes to complete. It was sung with respect, but way to stylized for my tastes.


29 posted on 02/03/2014 7:45:49 AM PST by FXRP
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To: dfwgator

“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.


30 posted on 02/03/2014 7:46:19 AM PST by llmc1
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


31 posted on 02/03/2014 7:46:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


32 posted on 02/03/2014 7:47:51 AM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.

Awesomeness.


33 posted on 02/03/2014 7:48:14 AM PST by LadyBuck (....and we're off to the rodeo......)
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To: SeekAndFind

We thoughtit was a refreshing change and with no wardrobe malfunctions. :-)


34 posted on 02/03/2014 7:48:16 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


35 posted on 02/03/2014 7:50:09 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: thefactor
I was thinking Motown. At least his bad has talent and plays instruments unlike many ass wipes that our kids like today.
36 posted on 02/03/2014 7:50:27 AM PST by angcat
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To: illiac

You’re just wrong. He was great.


37 posted on 02/03/2014 7:50:40 AM PST by Maceman
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


38 posted on 02/03/2014 7:50:50 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


39 posted on 02/03/2014 7:51:35 AM PST by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


40 posted on 02/03/2014 7:51:45 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: southern rock
No ... real comment

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.

41 posted on 02/03/2014 7:53:18 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I still think the Cactus Cuties should do the Anthem for the Super Bowl.


42 posted on 02/03/2014 7:53:56 AM PST by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: dfwgator

Yea. Tipper Gore’s Parental Advisory Labels. /s


43 posted on 02/03/2014 7:53:58 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


44 posted on 02/03/2014 7:54:03 AM PST by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: SeekAndFind

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


45 posted on 02/03/2014 7:55:57 AM PST by skyman
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To: VA_Gentleman

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.


46 posted on 02/03/2014 7:55:59 AM PST by glennaro
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To: GeronL

Never heard of him, so my day is fine without knowing who or what he is.


47 posted on 02/03/2014 7:56:46 AM PST by RetiredArmy (All that call upon His name shall be saved! HE is the ONLY way to heaven. Only HIM!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


48 posted on 02/03/2014 7:57:39 AM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: Maceman

If that is talent...we’re in trouble....


49 posted on 02/03/2014 7:58:05 AM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: thefactor

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...


50 posted on 02/03/2014 7:58:16 AM PST by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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