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In life, it’s a good rule to assume that if something looks easy and effortless, countless hours of work went into it. In the case of Bruno Mars, his talent has been years in the making. Starting off at the age of 5 in his family band in Hawaii, Mars has moved through the ranks of the music industry, working first as a producer with his team The Smeezingtons and finally, taking his rightful place in music history as one of the greatest entertainers of all time.
On night one of his two date stop in Toronto for the Moonshine Jungle World Tour, Mars and his eight person band personified the polish and pizzazz of a show that has seldom been seen on stage since the days of Motown. With choreographed dance moves and musical arrangements of songs from Mars’ first two discs, the hour and half show flew by, with Mars and his band mates never missing a note or step.
Showing his respect for his fellow musicians, Mars spent most of the concert in line with his back up singers and horn section, letting his perfected blend of showmanship and raw talent act as his single spotlight. Known for his versatility in his sound, the musical arrangement for Moonshine Jungle flowed through all the genres of Bruno, from pop to R ‘n B to Motown, with dance hall and rock and roll sprinkled throughout.
Playing all his singles as well as a number of tracks from Unorthodox Jukebox, including Natalie, Show Me, If I Knew, Young Girls and Gorilla, Mars has put together a show that can be enjoyed by both the casual and die hard fans. As if there was ever a question of his strength as a musician, Mars showed off his skills on both the guitar and drums, but left the piano playing to his band for songs like Young Girls and When I Was Your Man.
While comparisons of pop stars to the King of Pop get thrown around without much backing, Mars is one of the first artists in the history of pop that deserves the inclusion of his name alongside the late Michael Jackson. A star that often goes underrated, Mars’ Moonshine Jungle World Tour is one for the books.
Money It’s What I Want (cover) / Billionaire
Candy Rain (cover)
Our First Time / Pony (cover)
If I Knew / It Will Rain
When I Was Your Man
Just The Way You Are
Locked Out Of Heaven