He took me to Mars and back.
That’s how I felt after watching his concert last Friday night. Although the show lasted only for roughly over an hour, it was worth the wait and the money spent. I am a big fan, and when I learned that he will visit the Philippines, I got ecstatic! Admittedly, I didn’t purchase tickets right away because of some budget constraints and I also had to wait for a friend’s availability that’s why we weren’t able to reserve for the section we initially wanted to be in. Nevertheless, the show was a blast you will enjoy it even if you’re watching it from afar.
After Juris of (the former band?) MYMP and Michael Copon fronted and killed our time for more than an hour, the crowd eagerly waited for Bruno Mars, with the occasional screaming after a song would stop playing in the background. When finally we got the cue that it’s about to start, as expected, the crowd goes wild. And when Bruno showed up playing the drums, even wilder! He then sang The Other Side, a track originally with Cee Lo Green which I really like. I kind of expected he’d sing that song for the opening, and I was surprised he did!
Hit after hit, he wowed the audience with his unmatched singing, playing of instruments, and even dancing. He’s such an amazing performer! My favorite part has got to be when he sang an extended version of my most-loved song of his, Grenade. I know it’s a sad song, a song for a broken-hearted and the left-alone, for the hoping and the neglected; probably that’s why I love it. The (almost) Michael Jackson medley was also great, and of course when he sang his biggest hit Just The Way You Are. And since my not-so-reliable camera failed me again, I’ll just grab a video from YouTube of him singing his supposed last song of the night:
As expected, his Pinoy fans screamed for more after that. The lights were already dimmed, but the people are standing still and not leaving the stadium. Much to our delight, the Hooligans went back and Bruno Mars sang Runaway Baby for the encore. The song apparently sang the people’s sentiment after that night, all of us wanted to runaway with him because we can’t get enough of his singing and his great talent.
Thank you, Bruno Mars, for an amazing show and for the gift of your music. We will eagerly await your return as you promised. Until then. You’re Numero BrUNO for me, and I believe I can speak for the rest of the 12,000 people as well whose worlds you rocked that incredible Friday night.