Bruno Mars at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 8-5-13 (review)By Reverb Staff | August 6th, 2013 | 3 comments
By Rachel Chaparro
Leave it to Bruno Mars and his ultra hip band the Hooligans to send the school girls, seniors and slightly middle-aged women wild. Dubbed the “Hawaiian Lion” by band mate James King, Mars was soulful, spiritual, sophisticated and sexy – wrapped in a 5-foot-5-inch package — at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday.
See our photos below of Bruno Mars’ last stop in Colorado.
With a burst of fog, horns and a flock of parrots on the overhead screen, Mars kicked the night off with “Moonshine.” From there the show consisted of non-stop, star-studded and choreographed dance moves. The crowd nearly came undone with the funky, saucy cover of “Money (That’s What I Want),” a 1959 hit single by Barrett Strong, which suddenly transitioned into “Billionaire.”
There was as much swooning as an Elvis show with women squealing, covering their mouth in awe – even a few bras managed to make it to the stage. The gushing display didn’t go unnoticed. Mars and his handsome Hooligans made out like bandits and soaked it all in, even calling out a woman in the front row named Gabby.
“Listen up gentlemen, if you ever get the chance to get on stage with the band it don’t matter if you can’t sing, you can’t dance or you ain’t looking fly. It’s R&B 101; all you have to do is get on stage and say ‘daaammmnnn,’” Mars said. Then each member of the band vied for Gabby’s attention, serenading her with love lines like, “You so fine I would lick the bottom of your feet.”
Midway through the show the stage transformed into a shimmering, gold disco Vegas backdrop with stage lifts that looked like a flashing billboard and gold line drum set. The stage was perfect for the crowd clapping, sing-a-longs “Treasure,” “Locked Out of Heaven” and “Marry You.” As if the combination of screams, singing and band weren’t enough to fill the mountain amphitheater, Mars pulled out a megaphone during “Runaway,” just in case the back row couldn’t hear.
Mars noted “There’s a special place on my heart for old school music,” which was obvious in a show that channeled Michael Jackson, Bob Marley and James Brown all at once. The night ended with a New Years Eve-type bang that included confetti canon, larger than life sparkles, big booms, an array of pyrotechnics and Mars raised on an elevated stage for a killer drum solo.
Rachel Chaparro is a Denver-based writer and a new contributor to Reverb.