Bruno Mars may have come out of Super Bowl XLVIII as the real MVP.
Sure, the Seattle Seahawks totally annihilated the Denver Broncos, but it was Mars who truly gave the show of a lifetime.
People will be talking about Bruno Mars’ performance for Super Bowls to come.
Mars was the perfect choice for the coveted halftime slot, which is heavily scrutinized each year. Last year, Beyonce had the job, but her performance didn’t live up to the hype.
It’s a lot of pressure to dazzle when you have only 12 minutes to do so, but it can be done. I’d have to give props to Mars for meeting and exceeding the expectations put on him. I thought it was, perhaps, one of the best to come along since Michael Jackson’s Super Bowl show in 1991. That’s the one to which I compare all others for entertainment value. To me, Mars is this generation’s Michael Jackson.
Mars’ performance style covers the spectrum. He’s old school, new school, hip and fresh with a retro-cool. He’s just a great performer with such a massive career ahead of him. Definitely a class act.
I was excited to learn he was this year’s entertainment. My curiosity only grew when I heard that Red Hot Chili Peppers would join him.
Mars’ show began in Jackson fashion with kids singing as he pounded away on a drum set before going into his Grammy-nominated “Locked Out of Heaven.”
It was old-school in a good way, right on down to the dancing in stride with his bandmates.
“Treasure,” with its ’70s soul flair, followed. Talk about a showman — the crowd was ecstatic about his dance moves. “Runaway Baby” proved equally suave.
Then came the moment of truth: How would the mash-up between Mars and the Chili Peppers come off? The answer came as soon as Anthony Keidis and Flea graced the Super Bowl stage. It was pure magic along the lines of Grammy moments when artists who don’t typically perform together share the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime moment.
RHCP and Mars tore it up on “Give It Away.” It was the perfect song for a collaboration, giving critics no reason to diss.
Mars closed the set with a touching version of “Just The Way You Are,” complete with dedications from members of the Armed Forces to their families.
Tickets for Bruno Mars’ “Moonshine Jungle World Tour” go on sale this week, and you can bet they will sell out in a hurry after that highly entertaining Super Bowl show.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at email@example.com. You Can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.