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Honolulu may be hours behind the East Coast, but fans throughout the state rocked their homes, sports bars, and mobile devices to the Grammy winning tunes of Bruno Mars during the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show presented by Pepsi. Mars and his eight-piece band The Hooligans, headlined the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, turning the venue into a pulsating light show featuring a set list of number one songs guaranteed to launch fans into the stratosphere of music heaven.
A light rain blanketed the field as a children's chorus sang the hook of "Billionaire," Mars' breakout song with B.o.B. followed by Mars performing a drum solo. His hits followed which included “Locked Out of Heaven”, “Treasure”, and a mega mashup of “Runaway Baby” and Barrett Strong's 1960 hit "Money (That's What I Want)". Mars tapped Rock n Roll Hall of Fame band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, as special guests ("I've been a fan of theirs for such a long time, I admire their career"). The Peppers' hit, “Give It Away”, made for an explosive, eclectic combustion of music greatness.
A vignette of overseas military service members dedicating the final song to their loved ones preceded Mars' solo peformance of “Just The Way You Are”, which culminated in a majestic fireworks show over the stadium.
Critics wondered whether Mars would be able to "bring it" in front of hardcore NFL fans. Mars' infectous tunes had the crowd head bobbin', booty groovin', and singing in a way that defines the platinum standard of live concerts. Mars' field show party establishes him as one of the most memorable Super Bowl halftime performances, sans of course, wardrobe misfunction.
Suffice it to say, new fans were wooed by what longtime fans have always appreciated. Bruno Mars has a soulful, old-school mannerism, and proved to be a consumate entertainer at an invitation-only event that hosts the best of the best. A super nova of entertainment for sports and music fans, bringing music heaven a bit closer to us earthlings.