Bruno Mars, US Airways Center, July 31, 2013
It's so cool to see the American dream in action. Last night at US Airways Center, Bruno Mars played to a sold-out crowd at US Airways Center for his Moonshine Jungle Tour. About 20 years ago, he was a child performer in his dad's Hawaiian tribute band, playing a little Elvis. Attendees who thought, "That kid will be famous one day," were totally right. If only the audience could have heard him crystal clearly.
Like his previous Valley performances, Mars brought his performance entourage, including his The Smeezingtons songwriting partner Philip Lawrence to back him up. There were nine men on stage, all musicians, including a horn section and backup singers. I thought a set of sexy female backup dancers would have been dynamite for Mars, but like his past performances at Comerica Theatre and Martini Ranch, Mars focused on the vocals and the hip thrusts. Oh, the hip thrusts -- there were plenty of them to keep the ladies in the audience squealing with delight.