Someone once asked me: "What is a Bruno Mars?" and well aside from me saying: "A really great Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor that hasn't been invented yet", I can now say that Bruno Mars is a new force of showman for the 21st Century as after his showstopping performance at Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show last night, everyone and their mama should know who Bruno Mars is now. Unlike the Denver Broncos (too bad so sad...), Mars was in the zone, as after having a children's choir open with the first few lines of "Billionaire", Mars slammed a jam on percussion and then whipped out jams "Locked Out Of Heaven", "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby" to a spiked heat. I especially enjoyed it when he went into full James Brown mode for "Runaway Baby" splits and all.
Well, if Mars alone was a scorcher, then a fever pitch hit when the Red Hot Chili Peppers (who haven't aged a slab) then joined Mars on stage for a equally rousing performance of their signature song, "Give It Away" and the colliding of the minds came off seamlessly, not to mention makes me vie for Mars and RHCP's Anthony Kiedis to square off in song sometime soon. Mars brought the boil down with what will be his signature song, "Just The Way You Are", and brought everything down to a respectable and soulful level. So who cares that this wasn't Madonna, Prince, or Beyonce, but Bruno Mars proved himself worthy last night as one of the future's brightest music game changers.