When Bruno Mars kicked off his Moonshine Jungle tour on Saturday, he mostly stood at the front of the stage. In the middle of “Gorilla” though, every light source inside Washington, D.C.’s Verizon Center cut off: the spotlights, the flashing screens, the fireworks. Suddenly, Mars appeared on a platform over his band.
Throughout the concert, Mars showed that he only takes cues from the best performers. During “Treasure,” his current single off Unorthodox Jukebox, he joined his brass players and guitarists in a dance breakdown fit for Soul Train. But in “Gorilla,” when Mars moved quickly from the front of the stage to the platform, a single spotlight shone on him — a moment that immediately recalled iconic images of Michael Jackson.
Mars has long been compared to the King of Pop, and given how well the Moonshine Jungle tour is shaping up, such comparisons aren’t likely to disappear. Watch Bruno perform “Treasure” up top and “Gorilla” after the jump. Bruno Mars, “Gorilla”