Bruno Mars?” That was the Internet’s collective response upon learning that the
singer/songwriter/entertainer had been tapped for the Super Bowl halftime show
this winter, making him the youngest (and least well-known) headliner to anchor
that high-profile gig in eons. But why not Bruno Mars? His ever-growing
songbook is packed with crowd pleasers—including his 2012 smash hit “Locked Out
of Heaven,” which is likely to remain a staple of wedding dance floors for
decades to come—and his stage presence is undeniable, channeling the
blood-sweat-and-tears showmanship of legends like Michael Jackson, James Brown
and Sam Cooke. Few of his contemporaries can bridge generations quite so naturally.
this Marcus Amphitheater show, expect Mars to cull heavily from his blockbuster
2012 album Unorthodox Jukebox, a
winning hodgepodge of funk, rock, reggae and disco that sold 3.2 million copies
internationally last year alone. And unlike the Super Bowl, he won’t have to
pause for the Red Hot Chili Peppers mid-performance just as his band is
starting to find its groove.