Super Bowl's half-time show star Bruno Mars performed in front of 80,000 hyperactive audience at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford. He was joined by rock icon Red Hot Chili Peppers on stage. The 28-year-old singer covered 1960s Motown, upbeat 1970s disco, 1980s pop and a bit of modern hip hop.
Opening with his hit single, "Locked Out of Heaven," the star brisked through four hits with guest cameo, Red Hot Chili Peppers, slipping seamlessly with their percussive song, "Runaway Baby."
During Mars' 12-minute show, his huge band of brass, bass and backup singers broke into "Treasure" with synchronized dance steps, offering a moment straight from the Platters, 1966. Mars offered a representation of virtual pop history of the past 40 years.
Even his wardrobe represented the past. Mars wore a gold glitter suit that could have been for Elvis with the entire band similarly wearing spangled suits. The Hawaiian-born star danced in homage to "Soul Brother Number One," complete with impressive gymnastics as part of his show. He broke the band down to silence and turned off the lights for a moment of screaming before transitioning to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' funky song, "Give It Away."
Mars then screamed, "Who you rockin' with you rockin' with the best!" James Brown popped out into the stage singing, "I don't want to hurt you baby, I just want to work you baby." At once, jackets were removed to reveal shirtless man flesh as the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers took over the stage.
The typical RHCP ruckus ensued without leaving some big jump session. The music suddenly went sentimental as the video showed a couple of servicemen and women greeting their families worldwide while the ballad "Just the Way You Are" playing before a massive shower of fireworks set off the statement home.
The Grammy Award-winning star eliminated doubters upon appearing on screen with his dazzling outfit and smile. Mars played a groove drum solo while he rolled across the field on a lifted, motorized platform, joining his live band for an energetic series of hits that were obviously not lip-synced.
Mars with his eight-piece band, The Hooligans, managed to match the audience's energy in a brief appearance that was no less memorable.