Bruno Mars wasn’t perfect at the Forum — which may have been his point

Thursday, 09 November 2017, 08:25:20 PM. In the first of four shows at the Inglewood arena, the pop-soul superstar went slightly scrappier than expected.
Nobody opens a concert with a song called “Finesse” unless he’s confident he can deliver proof of concept. And, sure enough, that’s what Bruno Mars did Tuesday night at the Forum in Inglewood, where the pop-soul superstar played the first of four gigs behind his most recent album, last year’s double-platinum “24K Magic.” Leading the expert live band he’s taken twice to the Super Bowl, Mars sang and danced with seemingly effortless precision as he performed nearly all of “24K Magic” along with some of the earlier hits that helped establish him as one of music’s canniest mimics. “That was just a warm-up,” he said after “Finesse” — which was probably true for a group of players that typically starts out where many hope to end up. Yet Tuesday’s sold-out concert also had some less polished moments amid the high-grade razzle-dazzle, as when a breakneck rendition of “Marry You” threatened to come off the rails or when Mars’ mates appeared caught off-guard by his moves during “Uptown Funk.” Perhaps the cracks were unintended. After all, this stay at the Forum, which continues through Saturday, concludes the current leg of a lengthy world tour that’s been running since March. And if Mars isn’t exhausted, he may be under the weather: Last week he canceled a date in Denver thanks to a sinus infection. But the touch of scrappiness didn’t feel like an accident; it felt more purposeful — a kind of loosening of the bolts by a guy who’s gotten so good onstage that he’s begun looking for a...Read more
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