Bruno Mars is definitely an artist s who likes to assign his work interesting names. The latest tour, the Moonshine Jungle Tour, is just one example. The album it is promoting, Unorthodox Jukebox, is another. Of course, one has to believe that even with far more standard names Bruno Mars tickets and albums would be in demand.
The Moonshine Jungle Tour is a concert schedule with three legs spanning the months between June 2013 and March 2014. Overall, Mars will perform 87 shows in North America, Europe, and Oceania. Early reviews of this tour, like reviews of the multi-platinum album, are stellar. They note the showmanship of the performer (finding inspiration from every decade in his performance of songs like Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man”) and the set (complete with fireworks, confetti, and a disco ball the size of a car). This should be one fun time and fans around the world are the blessed with the chance to enjoy it.
Bruno Mars seems an odd artist in the 21st century. Not because he likes to mix genres. That is the sign of an artist who will remain relevant in any era. No, he is an interesting performer because he changed his name. Not to come up with something cooler, but because he feared his real name, Peter Hernandez, would prove a hurdle for him in pursuing his dream. Well, whether or not it would have really been an issue is unclear, but today Bruno Mars tickets are incredibly popular.
The name comes from a childhood nickname and a little introspection in high school. His father insisted that he resembled wrestler Bruno Sammartino, so he had been called Bruno since he was a child. Mars came from how he felt as a teenager growing up in Hawaii, like an alien.
He was never an alien when it came to music. His family had been a musical family and he grew amidst parents, siblings, and extended family that played in bands. Bruno even played in one of these family bands while he was in high school. Music truly was something he knew quite well.
Soon after graduating he decided he wanted to make music his life, much like his family. But, he wanted to be a star. This prompted a move to Los Angeles, which is when he chose to change his name.
Motown Records offered him a contract soon after he arrived, but the deal did not yield any albums or EPs. It did allow him to meet his next backer, Philip Lawrence. It also introduced him to engineer Ari Levine, whom he worked with as the production team the Smeezingtons. This led to even more connections. Mars was able to work with Travis Barker on
Billionaire”, B.o.B. on “Nothin’ to Lose”, and Flo Rida on “Right Round”.
When he had his own chance to make music, he already had a keen sense for what would work. Thus, the phenomenal success of the debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans and his follow up Unorthodox Jukebox and numerous singles, including “Grenade”, “It Will Rain”, and “Locked Out of Heaven”. It seems that there is no way these will be Bruno Mars last hits.