The fans definitely felt the 24K Magic last night at Perth Arena, the ‘Hawaiian Lion’, Bruno Mars absolutely brought the house down with his cheeky personality and incredible talent. It’s no wonder that he has sold out both shows here in Perth, the ‘finesse’ singers fans are a force to be reckoned with.
The support was Dua Lipa, the UK singer did not disappoint smashing hit after hit with her powerful vocals, from IDGAF to New Rules leaving the crowd feeling more then just pumped and their vocal cords adequately warmed up for the main act.
Bruno’s cheeky personality shone through with the opening visuals, a short video played saying that he wants to ‘turn us on’ and ‘hear us scream’! The full stage was revealed with the start of ‘Finesse’ when the dark green curtain had lifted, showcasing the ‘fresh n funky’ 80’s style, 59ft wide stage with Bruno and his crew standing at the rear as the drummer and keyboardist arose from a platform beneath the stage. The stage which was built by TAIT brought an almost interactive element to the show as it was forever transforming and keeping the already fascinated audiences eyes glued to the stage.
Bruno also brought a few extra surprises for the fans with a big BANG during the chorus of “finesse”, the first of the pyrotechnics display had started, perfectly in time with the music the fans were stunned by the noise and dazzled by the effects.
Bruno danced his way through his 24K hits with solos from the drummer and keyboardist to showcase their talents and transitioning between songs. “Chunky” started playing and the stage shape changed yet again with platforms rising from the floor and LED screens displaying bold lyric visuals with the band rising to 5ft higher than the stage floor.
Yet again, Bruno had more surprises in store as huge golden confetti cannons were shot over the crowd, drowning the general admission in a sea of gold for “What I like”.
Bruno was definitely ‘what the fans like’ and bursting out with some old-school Mars brought back memories from when “Marry you”, “When I Was Your Man” and “Just The Way You Are” were regularly playing on our radios.
Mars dedicated “Just The Way You Are” to every single one of the fans in the crowd. With emotions flowing throughout the room, it was time for another song to keep that emotion going and to end the night, Bruno came out with “locked out of heaven” the stage morphed around him yet again and lasers were projected to the back of the arena.
But wait there’s more! Bruno reappears after saying his goodbyes for one last song, one last party for the night and of course it couldn’t be anything other than “Uptown Funk”, ending the night in the typical Bruno Mars ‘funky’ way.
Bruno Mars’s 24K Magic Tour is a spectacle to watch and a tour like no other with all elements of sound, vision and performance being flawless. This show was one that the fans will never forget and given the chance, would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Review Contributed by Nicola Arnold