Review: Bruno Mars, B.o.B. lead jolly Jingle Ball in Tampa
Sean Daly was also there, and he agreed with us on B.o.B., especially on his electric duet Bruno Mars with on Nothin' on You ("Awesome. Loved It."), but only halfway agreed on Enrique ("club-sterile"). But on the whole, he, like the sold-out crowd of 8,000-plus at the St. Pete Times Forum, came away believing the night was a thoroughly fun success. Here, read his take on buzzboy of the moment, Mars:
You know it's a strong lineup when the third act is Bruno Mars, the most influential, and promising, singer-songwriter-producer of 2010. Nominated for seven Grammys, the 25-year-old Hawaiian native played both the drums and guitar on an opening cover of Barrett Strong's 1959 classic Money (That's What I Want), which cleverly mashed into Travie McCoy's faux-reggae romp Billionaire, which Mars co-wrote. With a five-piece crew behind him, the exceptional talent ended with Just the Way You Are, which retained a simple grace even with a booming beat.
Click here for Sean's full Jingle Ball review. And check back shortly for our recap of some of the backstage action from the Jingle Ball. Which headliners almost didn't make it to the show? Who was that girl Enrique pulled onstage? And what was the deal with that marriage proposal?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*. Photo: Luis Santana, tbt*