Bruno Mars is set to hold a two-day concert on Sept 22 – 23 at Madison Square Garden. In addition to these two sold-out shows, sources say he’ll be throwing a bone to fans on budget. This means, Mars will perform a free show. Yes! A free show for fans at a first-come first-serve basis! Reservations are available in pairs. The location is still undisclosed although the free concert is confirmed to be on September 10.
Before you head on to the 24K Magic’s performer’s concert this month, it pays to know some fun facts about Bruno Mars.
1. Mars is from Hawaii.
2. The name Bruno Mars was inspired by a wrestler’s name.
His real name is Peter Gene Hernandez but he is professionally known as Bruno Mars. Bruno was a nickname given to him by his father. His dad said he was chunky as a baby and he reminded him so much of the huge wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Mars was something he just thought of. He shared: “The ‘Mars’ came up just because I felt like I didn’t have no pizzazz, and a lot of girls say I’m out of this world. So I was like, I guess I’m from Mars.”
We all know Mars isn’t just a singer. He also writes songs, dances, and plays a number of instruments. This is no surprise since his father was a drummer and his late mother was a hula dancer and a singer. In fact, his parents met while they were performing at a show. Mars’ siblings also inherited these abilities. His sisters have a musical group called “The Lylas” while his brother is a drummer in his back-up band, The Hooligans.
Mars’ uncle used to be an Elvis impersonator and he greatly influenced the young artist. At age four, Mars was already performing with his family’s band called The Love Notes and became known in the island for his cute and superb impersonation. He was even featured as Little Elvis in Midweek and did a cameo act in the film Honeymoon in Vegas.
“I watch the best. I’m a big fan of Elvis. I’m a big fan of 1950s Elvis when he would go on stage and scare people because he was a force and girls would go nuts!”
He also impersonated Michael Jackson and Little Richard.
Mars used to write songs for Travie McCoy, Adam Levine, Sean Kingston, Brandy, and Flo Rida. He started to gain some spotlight after co-writing and being featured on B.o.B’s “Nothing on you” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire”, both songs reached top ten on many music charts.
After he graduated from high school, Mars moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his dream of having a musical career. He signed with Motown Records but the deal went nowhere. He studied the ins and outs of writing pop music the following year and in 2006, he was introduced to Atlantic Records. However, the records company did not sign him yet to the label as they felt it was too early and he needed to develop as an artist. This is when he started producing popular tracks for other artists. In 2010, he released his single Just The Way You Are under his debut studio album, Doo-wops & Hooligans. This song currently holds the record as the longest-reigning debut format hit.
In some way, Mars seem to have matched his idol Elvis Presley. His song When I Was Your Man became his fifth hit in 2013. That’s three years after his first chart-topper. He’s the only male artist who racked his first five hits in just three years since Elvis.
Currently, he has five Grammy awards. He grabbed his first in 2011 as the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for Just The Way You Are. The second came in 2014 for Best Pop Vocal Album for Unorthodox Jukebox. Then, he won two Grammys in 2016 for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for Uptown Funk.
8. He made history when he did his first Super Bowl performance.
In 2014, Mars performed at the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. Aside from giving out one marvelous number, he bagged the record as the youngest male artist to ever serve as the sole NFL Super Bowl halftime headline.
Check out his performance below:
9. He’s got meaningful tattoos.
Mars has four tattoos. One is a gypsy and another is an anchor. He’s got two others on his upper arms, both dedicated to his parents. The one on his right is his mother’s name “Bernadette” written inside a heart and on his left upper arm are the words “Pete’s boy” as a tribute to his father.