The Verge team were oh so lucky to party with Mr Peter Hernandez or as he is more commonly known Mr Bruno Mars! And we can tell you a party is exactly what it was!
The night at the 02 was kicked off with the soulful sounds of Anderson Paak, who worked the crowd tirelessly jumping from full on drum solo’s to shoe shuffling along the floor. Some are of the opinion that his sound is reminiscent of a Musiq Soulchild or Jamiroquai – either way it was a great way to start the party, getting you on your feet but carefully not overdoing it, reserving enough energy for the main man!
The 24K Magic Tour occupied the O2 Arena for 4 nights and I can say that second night in he spared nothing! The stage really complimented Mr Mars’ love all of things shiny and bling, it’s design quite simply with no large centre piece creeping into the audience or flying dancers shows exactly why this man is quite simply a stand alone artist of the current time!
At times it appeared we were watching an 80’s boy band drawing comparison to Soul For Real, with his trademark backing singers almost forming a boy band along side him, neatly choreographed moves which one would struggle to call a routine but more like organised grooving! It is quite fair to say his band and singers are the most worked in the business nailing all notes to perfection whilst blowing the trumpet or strumming the base as well as making sure formations are tight and they move totally in sync with Bruno.
The costumes and staging were kept to a minimal for the obvious reasons – to show case the man himself. He is, for me a performer that can afford this luxury with a simple track suit or black shirt this man can not be faulted for his technical vocal ability! For that matter neither can his clearly accurately and finely selected singers!
He chose carefully a mix of the freshest sounds with hits like Chunky and Versace on the Floor but cleverly didn’t omit classic songs like Treasure and Marry you! The audience was alive and buzzing, and Bruno made sure he interacted with the crowd, so much so he told us to put our phones away as we were to quiet (a well rehearsed script). The voice was flawless and the energy from the superstar shows clearly his true showmanship and a well crafted performer!
For me the finale was outstanding although perhaps slightly obvious he would save the huge Mark Ronson hit Uptown Funk, he really finished with a bang (quite literally lighting the stage with fireworks and sparkles) he created a very visually memorable end to what was the party of the year so far!
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