"I never had to do a press conference before I performed, so it just got real, I guess!" That was Bruno Mars' reaction when asked at a Thursday media event whether or not he was intimidated at the prospect of performing the halftime show at this Sunday night's Super Bowl.
That doesn't mean, however, that the dynamic performer has any doubts about his show. In fact, he says he and his band are approaching it the same way they'd approach any other gig.
"No matter where I perform, it's my job to, to uplift the people," he told reporters. "So whether I'm performing at a graduation party, a wedding, a bar mitzvah, ah, the Grammys, the Super Bowl -- you know, I'm gonna give it all I got and whatever happens happens."
"But I ain't scared, if that's what you think!" he added.
One thing that makes this show different, though, is that it'll take place outside in pretty cold weather: the forecast calls for about 40 to 45 degrees in New Jersey, where the game will be played. Bruno, a Hawaii native, says he's preparing for every eventuality.
"We just started rehearsing two nights ago, and...when we got out there, there was a lot of things that happened, just like, the microphone turns into a Popsicle," he laughed. "I'm grabbing the mike and it's frozen. So it's just stuff like that we're taking into consideration and getting some heaters on everything!"
Bruno, who said that in the past, he's enjoyed Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Prince and Bruce Springsteen's halftime shows, wouldn't reveal any specific details of his performance, noting, "I want the world to watch. You know, it's only a couple days away. [People] could hold tight." But when asked if he plans to deliver a "spectacle," he said no, and made a reference to the type of aerial acrobatics that Pink routinely performs during her shows.
"I mean, I don't do trapeze and all that stuff," he said to laughter. "And I hope to get people dancing and get people smiling. You know, if you ever come to one of my shows, like, it's just us up there, with these songs and our instruments and I'm hoping that's enough."
Discussing the fact that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joining him on stage on Sunday, Bruno says the NFL told him he could invite whoever he wanted and he told reporters, "The first band I thought of was the Red Hot Chili Peppers. " Why? "I've been a fan of theirs for such a long time. I admire their career," he explained. He also described the group as "soulful," and said after he sat down with the band's bassist, Flea, he was impressed that he's "so passionate about music, even 'til this day, doing it for so long."
"I wanna surround myself with guys like that forever. So it's an honor to be sharing a stage with them," he added.
Of course, Bruno says it's an honor for him to be performing on Sunday night, period,. He says he recalled last year, when he and his band were watching Beyonce rock the stage in New Orleans.
"We were just saying, 'What if one day we get the call to do that?' And it definitely came soon!" Bruno told reporters. "But [I'm] just honored, you know, because, some greats have been on that stage. And we're just excited that we're gettin' this shot."
You can watch the Super Bowl -- and Bruno -- Sunday night on Fox.
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