Bruno puts on a spectacular Super Bowl Halftime performance
He’s not known as a rocker but Bruno Mars did a pretty good impression at the Super Bowl on Sunday.
The 28-year-old singer kicked off the annual Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show with a drum solo before launching into his hits Locked Out Of Heaven, Treasure and Runaway Baby but things really got rocking when he was joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Singing Give It Away with lead singer Anthony Kiedis, Mars could have a rock career in front of him, however, he definitely wasn’t dressed the part in his gold jacket and signature quiff.
It was a competent and polished performance from the multiple Grammy Award winner.
He later went back to his roots with a soulful rendition of Just The Way You Are on a circular stage on the halfway line.
It was dedicated to military personnel, and a short video clip featured tributes.
Rock on: Red Hot Chili Peppers helped to get the crowd moving as they joined Bruno onstage
The pop crooner appeared at the Rose Theater in the Time Warner Center on Thursday to promote his Halftime performance and admitted he was nervous.
However he insisted they wouldn’t get the better of him, confidently stating, ‘I ain’t scared.’
And they didn’t, with his solid performance roundly praised by the crowd.
Mars, 28, said he started rehearsing at the stadium last Tuesday and was worried cold weather would be an issue.
Change of pace? Singing Give It Away with Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis, Mars could have a rock career in front of him
‘It’s like the microphone turns into a Popsicle,’ he revealed. ‘We’re getting some heaters on everything.’
He added he hoped to get people dancing and smiling during the annual Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show and he certainly did with his energetic performance and a colourful light show getting the crowd moving.
Big shoes to fill: Bruno gave a competent and polished performance but could not surpass last year’s spectacular featuring Beyonce
Entertainer: Bruno played it safe with his biggest hits as he got the crowd moving just as he promised
Crowdpleaser: Bruno got the crowd on their feet during the Halftime show at the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on Sunday
‘The NFL is such a prestigious stage … that they give the new guy a shot, and I’m so grateful for that, ‘Mars said. ‘I haven’t been able to take it in. Not yet. Come Sunday, I will.’
The singer, who grew up in Hawaii, said chasing his dream wasn’t always easy.
‘Don’t let anyone ever try to stop you. That’s what I had to face when I moved up to California.
Opposites attract: Despite their very different music styles, Mars and Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Keidis rocked out together perfectly
Contrasting styles: While Keidis was dressed like a teenager in his shorts, tights and no shirt, Bruno chose his usual sophisticated look
One of the guys: Mars insists the Chili Peppers were the first act that came to his mind when he thought of collaborating on the Super Bowl stage and he fit right in
Nobody knew what nationality I was and that was such a big deal I guess in the music industry, that we don’t know who to sell these records (to) or what radio stations (should play them), and a lot of people were trying to tell me, “You’re too unorthodox, ” he said.
‘If you got your head on straight and focus on what you do and practice your craft, then you have nowhere else to go but up.’
Beyonce was the star of last year’s Super Bowl Halftime show in February in New Orleans, where the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.
Going, going: Bruno did an impressive splits during his performance at the Super Bowl
..Gone! Bruno completed his dance move and soon jumped back up to start dancing again
Other recent performers at the NFL’s championship game were Madonna in 2012, The Black Eyed Peas with Usher and Slash in 2011, The Who in 2010, and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in 2009.
Mars revealed the Red Hot Chili Peppers were the first act that came to his mind when he thought of collaborating on the Super Bowl stage.
‘They’re a soulful band, not just musically, but as people,’ he said.
Nervous: The pop crooner appeared at the Rose Theater in the Time Warner Center on Thursday to promote his Halftime performance and admitted he was nervou
Competent: It was a competent and polished, but hardly exciting, performance from the multiple Grammy Award winner
Hits: The 28-year-old singer kicked off the annual Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show with a drum solo before launching into his hits
‘One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers, comprised of singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer, Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards,’ read a press release from the National Football League.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers first formed in 1983, and attained their first commercial hit record in 1991 with the disc Blood Sugar Sex Magik. The band has garnered a total of ten No. 1 songs on the alternative singles’ chart.
Opera singer Renee Fleming sang the National Anthem before the football game while Queen Latifa performed America The Beautiful.
Spectacular: Bruno put on quite the show, one year after Beyonce’s killer performance
Passionate: The singer put on a passionate drum performance as he got the crowd pumping
Special guests: Headliners Chad Smith, Flea, Josh Klinghoffer, and Anthony Kiedis posed backstage at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
The game featured the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.
It was a test between the highest-scoring offense (Denver) against the defense that gave away the fewest points this season (Seattle).
It was played at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday despite fears about the weather.
Tributes: Video messages featuring military personnel aired during Bruno’s performance
Saluting the troops: The military were not forgotten during Bruno’s performance at the Super Bowl
Source : Daily Mail