Bruno Mars Rocks Out With Red Hot Chili Peppers During Super Bowl Show

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February 3, 2014 | 4:02am EST

Singer Bruno Mars blended his R&B/pop style with rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers for a high energy Super Bowl half-time set on Sunday.
The Grenade hitmaker’s spirited show brought thousands of fans to their feet in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey as he performed a rousing medley of his greatest hits.
The 28 year old, who is the youngest artist in Super Bowl history to serve as the sole performer during the half-time show, kicked off his 12-minute set with an impressive drum solo, using a custom-designed kit in honour of his late mother, Bernadette Hernandez, who died last year. The artwork displayed on the bass drum, a red heart with the name ‘Bernadette’ running through it, was modelled after the tattoo inked on Mars’ arm.
A moving platform carried him from the centre of the field through throngs of fans and onto the main stage, where he joined his eight-piece band, The Hooligans, for his hit song Locked Out of Heaven.
They also performed Treasure and Runaway Baby, before Mars introduced the California rockers to the stage.
Despite freezing temperatures in New Jersey, frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea stormed the Super Bowl shirtless, as they proceeded to rock out to their hit track Give It Away. Mars and his band soon joined the Chili Peppers, with them all enthusiastically jumping in unison to the band’s 1991 smash song.
As soon as Kiedis and his bandmates left the stage, the tone was brought down a notch for the final number, a touching version Just The Way You Are, as a video montage of men and women from the United States Armed Forces sent personalised messages to their loved ones at home.
A huge firework display then brought the performance to a spectacular end.
The Super Bowl kicked off with singer and New Jersey native Queen Latifah performing America the Beautiful, while opera singer Renee Fleming belted out the National Anthem.
The Seattle Seahawks triumphed over the Denver Broncos 43-8.