Not many people know Peter Gene Hernandez. But almost everyone knows Bruno Mars. Even the stage name is almost other worldly. Bruno Mars is a star. His singing has been compared with the likes of Marvin Gaye; and his dance-filled, high-energy live performances have been compared with those of the late great Michael Jackson. Well onstage theatrics aside, Bruno Mars proved he is one of the nicest guys in show business Saturday when he singled out and performed for a very special fan
The Plain Dealer is reporting today that the show was in Cleveland, OH, and was a part of Mars’ Moonshine Jungle Tour. This is Mars’ second tour and he is getting rave reviews and sold out shows all over the country. Mars was already a hot up and coming artist, but his name recognition, bankability and star power shot through the roof after he gave what many called the best half-time show in years at the 2014 Super Bowl.
Mars made one young lady in Cleveland super happy with some up close and personal attention. The brave Zumyah Thorpe, 11, is another victim of the horrible epidemic of drunk driving that is plaguing the nation. These drunk drivers seldom realize how drastically a split-second foolish decision can alter someone else’s whole existence. Sadly, last year the car Thorpe was riding in was hit by a drunk driver. The crash not only killed Thorpe’s mother and two sisters, but left Thorpe with some horrific brain injuries and loss of vision.
It’s been a year of all kinds of therapy and rehabilitation for Thorpe. But doctors were amazed that she seemed to respond favorably whenever they played a song by Bruno Mars, one of her favorite artists. They said she would try to sing along to the lyrics, which in turn aided in helping her learn to speak again. They called it a miracle.
Television news station WKYC in Cleveland surprised Thorpe with a on-air announcement that they had brought her tickets to go see Mars in concert. The viewers were delighted and illustrated the power of social media. They shared the great story so much that somehow word of the story got around to Mars. He was so touched that during his concert he left the stage, found Thorpe, gave her a huge hug and serenaded her with his hit tune “Just The Way You Are”.
Pop Music reviewer and concert attendee Chuck Yarborough said, “It was at that moment, watching Zumyah's smile, which was brighter than all the pyrotechnics and spotlights combined, that I, uh, got something under my contact lens that caused my eyes to water as if I'd been slicing onions for a month.” Bruno Mars not only personifies rhythm and blues, but he is one of those artists who gives his heart and soul. If you want to catch his awesome show when it hits your area, here is the full schedule for the Moonshine Jungle Tour 2014.