Bruno Mars, King’s College, London – October 25th
If Bruno Mars could have picked a week to play London, I reckon he’d have picked this one. His single Just The Way You Are has just blasted back to the top of the UK charts and the love for him at King’s College on Monday was palpable as the Hawiaan bounced around the stage, Trilby perched atop his head. If you want a hit at the moment, you could do worse than ask Bruno as he proved in his charged set that showcased his reggae-pop vibe…
One thing there’s no doubting is that the boy can sing. His pure soul voice was reminscent of old-school 70s soul at times and his love for the ladies is also evident – Bruno writes and sings songs that make women weak. “I love you Bruno!” screamed one fan as he sang his original, stripped down version of B.o.B.’s Nothin’ On You. “I love you too!” he replied without missing a beat. His debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans should fare well judging on this set, with songs to make you jump around and songs to make you swoon. A highlight of the show was when Mr Mars mashed up Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit with Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, spilling into the White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army – it was the kind of thing that Cher might destroy on the X Factor, but Bruno pulled it off with aplomb. The finale saw the crowd in full voice for his current No.1 and Bruno left the stage looking like he’d had a ball. He wasn’t the only one.
Bruno Mars album Doo-Wops & Hooligans is out in January.