Bruno Mars + Red Hot Chili Peppers = Train Wreck [POLL]
Let it be said henceforth: Bruno Mars is the Shiz—! (You fill in the rest.)
From the second he took the stage at Met Life for what turned out to be a boring Super Bowl finale, he was on fire!
Starting with “Locked Out of Heaven”, then sliding into “Treasure”, and easing into “Runaway Baby;” Mars gave America a taste of his vision for the future of pop music.
Then there was the explosion, and the much hyped performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers joining Mars and his band.
Can you say “train-wreck?”
On one hand you had Mars and his band slickly dapped out in retro “James Brown” outfits; on the other, half naked Anthony Kiedis and “Flea” flailing away at their rendition of “Give it Away” with Mars’ accompaniment.
To say it was a little difficult to distinguish Mars’ collaborative effort with the Chili Peppers is an understatement.
“Buried” is more like it.
And it completely ruined the vibe that had already been laid down by Mars and his band.
The halftime show began with a drum solo from Mars on a moveable platform. From there, it was “Locked Out of Heaven” and then “Treasure.” After the Chili Peppers, there were filmed dedications from service men and women, which led into his 2010 hit “Just the Way You Are.” Members of the high school marching bands from South Brunswick, Morris Knolls, Roxbury, Nutley and Bergenfield high schools participated in the on-field light show, according to reports.
The Elizabeth High School marching band welcomed fans to MetLife Stadium and the Rutgers University marching performed on the field prior to the game. Queen Latifah, a Newark native who just recently put her Colts Neck home on the market, sang “America the Beautiful” during the pre-game show and soprano Renee Fleming sang the National Anthem.
This was a big night for Mars, who to this point has only two hit albums since debuting nationally in 2010. He lacked the star power and the hits for such a big stage, but he accounted for himself well, if not spectacularly. It would have been nice to see him and his band perform without the interruption.
And I thought I was the only one who felt that way!
Had it only been Mars, or for that matter, had it been the Chili Peppers in some kind of 90s reunion with some other 90s acts, the show would have come off better than it did.
But pairing Mars with the Chili Peppers was like trying to mix oil and vinegar.
Train wreck or what? You be the judge!