Review: Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl halftime show with the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Bruno Mars performs during the halftime show of the Super Bowl (Photo by The Associated Press)

Bruno Mars performs during the halftime show of the Super Bowl (Photo by The Associated Press)

Bruno Mars‘ halftime performance was, in short, great.

Two things stood out: 1) It was fun, and that’s the whole point of of the halftime show. 2) Mars can really perform, and that was a bit of a surprise for me.

Mars kicked off the thing with an overlong drum solo, but drum solos are one thing people generally love and it was the first peek into his talent.

(Also, is the pompadour back? I think the pompadour is back.)

Mars strung together hits such as “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Just the Way You Are” with songs such as “Treasure” while he and his Motown-styled band danced around onstage.

Just when things were getting really fun, the mostly-shirtless Red Hot Chili Peppers jumped onstage to rock the band’s old hit, “Give It Away.” It injected some more rock/funk energy into the already-entertaining show as well as a bit of nostalgia. The only thing lacking was the transition from the band’s noise jam back to Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” ballad.

Flea and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at halftime of the Super Bowl. (Photo by The Associated Press)

Flea and Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at halftime of the Super Bowl. (Photo by The Associated Press)

It was nice to see a halftime performer actually perform during the show. Mars was singing his heart out (and actually singing, not lip-syncing) and dancing like a pro. (That said, was his band a bunch of dancers holding instruments or performers that can dance? They were almost too good.) He sealed it with his fast footwork during “Runaway Baby” and you have the complete package.

I’m now really excited to see Mars on his upcoming tour. I’m guessing he’ll kill it.

Add in the crazy lights, all those fireworks and the singalong nature of Mars’ best pop tunes and you end up with one of the best halftime performances ever.

My favorite song from Mars was the aformentioned “Runaway Baby,” which is the kind of rocking tune that really lets him show off his range (he’s not just a hook-slinging hired gun for people’s pop songs).

Watch the whole show below:

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