A lifelong entertainer who jumped onstage as soon as he could walk, performing as a pint-size Elvis impersonator as part of a family act in his native Hawaii, Bruno Mars has worked tirelessly to claim his status as pop’s reigning golden boy.
From the sweet tones of his 2010 debut single, “Just the Way You Are,” to 2014’s “Uptown Funk,” his collaboration with Mark Ronson, through the chart-devouring singles from his latest album, last year’s “24K Magic” (“That’s What I Like, “Versace on the Floor”), the 31-year-old singer-songwriter can seemingly do no wrong.
Bruno Mars wants to make memories.
A musician and showman in the vein of Michael Jackson, Prince and other pop juggernauts of the '80s and early '90s, the man behind last November's "24K Magic" says he wants his music to act as the soundtrack to your most intimate moments.
And on July 23, he'll try to deliver on that promise when he takes the stage at the Moda Center in Portland.
In an interview with Rolling Stone ahead of the album's release, Mars said he was struggling. His goal with the project was to re-create the feeling he got listening to artists like Babyface, Boyz II Men and New Edition during his formative years.
He wants his tunes to call to mind Valentine' Day dates, he said. Stolen glances with high school crushes. Summertime rooftop parties with no end in sight.
It's a rightly daunting task, like trying to catch lightning in a bottle for the third time in a row.
The showman's effectiveness with the craft is evident when a group of pee-wee soccer players sings and claps along to "Uptown Funk" in a Southeast Portland diner. Or when a Brew Barge hosting a bachelorette party bumps "Locked Out of Heaven" as the women pedal their way up the Willamette River.
But the earliest and most prominent example of Mars' work inspiring instant memories came in 2012. That's the year a lip-synched wedding proposal -- you know the one -- gave Oregon one of its first viral hits of the Web 2.0 era.
Now that we've reached the mid-point of the year, Pollstar has counted up the money and listed the artists who pulled in the most on the road worldwide so far in 2017. Among the artists in the top 10: Bruno Mars, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.
Justin's Purpose stadium tour, which hasn't even hit North America yet, came in at #3, grossing just over $93 million dollars. Adele's 25 World tour, the last few dates of which she had to cancel due to voice problems, brought in $59 million, good enough for #7. Ed Sheeran's Divide tour was #8 on the list, earning just over $57 million bucks. Bruno came in at #10: his 24K Magic tour took in just under $53 million.
Reunited rockers Guns N' Roses topped Pollstar's chart, grossing $151.5 million on their highly-anticipated Not In This Lifetime tour. Rock legends U2 were second on the list, taking in just over $118 million with their tour marking the 30th anniversary of their biggest album, The Joshua Tree.
The list of the top-grossing tours in North America for 2017 so far is very different : there, U2 tops the chart, and the top 10 includes Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi, The Weeknd, the Grateful Dead spinoff band Dead & Company , and the joint tour from married country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill .
Overall, the top 50 worldwide tours grossed a total of $1.97 billion, just shy of last year's record $1.98 billion. The actual number of tickets sold, though, increased, due to a small drop in the average ticket price, which now stands at $84.40.