In the beginning…
The halftime show for Superbowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014 begins as sponsor Pepsi’s familiar red, white and blue logos wink out, one by one to a roaring crowd.
Vocal fanfare resounds, as singing children silhouetted against an American flag animation which is transformed into the word “Prepare”, sing from the Bruno Mars/Travie McCoy collab “Billionaire”:
“Every time I close my eyes
I see my name in shining lights
A different city every night oh, I…
I swear… the world better prepare…!”
Their linked hands rise, and the lights grow red and sweep forward, as a glimpse of black and white electronic “snow” flashes briefly and bright pyrotechnic flames shoot up from beyond the stage, and we see Bruno Mars at a drum set. His “Whomp & Stomp” (what he calls the pompadour that had been his trademark during his previous tour and album, “Doo-Wops and Hooligans”) adds height to his 5’5″ frame, which has been whittled to sleekness during the rigorous 2013 leg of the “Moonshine Jungle World Tour.”