I know I’ve already previously featured Bruno Mars in a Swoon-Worthy Sundays in October last year but having just attended his concert on Wednesday night, I’d have to say it deserves another post! I actually hadn’t even realized the tickets went on sale back in March, so it was only mid-May that I realized he was in town to do two shows – most of which were all sold out. The only tickets left were for the lawn, and that was fine so my friend Lisa and I decided to go.
We really lucked out, showing up just after 7pm at the Molson Amphitheatre for the 7:30 show and most of the lawn was already PACKED. We snagged an empty patch of grass right by the entrance/exit stairs and only about 7 rows back from the people. What a nightmare it was though for everyone to find seats. And people kept hovering in the walkways, blocking everyone that was already seated. Thank goodness for the awesome security guy who were lookin’ out for us. Some of us even cheered him on. 🙂
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Ellie Goulding opened the show promptly around 7:30 and was on for probably over half an hour. Thinking it would be 15-20 minutes to switch over to the headlining act – especially after Ellie’s monogram backdrop was covered over with some shiny metallic gold material shortly after she departed the stage, people sat restlessly for a while as the time ticked on and the sky went from sunny to sunset to almost dark. No joke, we waited for over an hour between the opening act and Bruno Mars. It was a bit ridiculous.
Finally at around 9:30pm the lights all go out and Bruno opens the concert with Moonshine, leading to a backdrop of an eerie set of eyes blinking at you as the song merges into Natalie. Immediately people were up on their feet, so hence everyone that had been patiently sitting for a while (and the guard so diligently tried to keep it orderly), all their efforts went down the drain. I usually don’t like looking up the set lists for concerts because I’d rather be surprised, but as soon as I mentioned it to Lisa she was curious to see what he was going to sing next. It was then that I realized he had swapped out Young Girls (my latest fave) for Nobody But You (still awesome, but I’m still sad he didn’t sing Young Girls)
He’s got amazing stage presence and a band and ensemble that you can just feel they work so well together. The camaraderie and joking on stage feels completely natural and they’re just chill and hilarious together. Closing the show with Just The Way You Are, we all know that his encore will have to include Locked Out of Heaven and boy what a re-entrance it is. Awesome lead-up & intro the hit song that’s all over the radio. I also chuckled that their last encore song was Gorilla, given the subject matter of the lyrics, he’s probably hoping all the young fans have left by now! I took a quick glance at the merchandise table and would have wanted to pick up a programme (as I usually do with concerts I attend) but they only took cash (which is kind of unusual, given how expensive merch usually is!) and I didn’t have any cash on hand left so… no programme for me. 🙁
Bruno Mars is truly such a talented artist, talented musician and talented performer. The evening was just spectacular and although the long gap between opening & main event was so long, the concert was certainly worth the wait.