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|11 Mar|4 mins

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Bruno Mars

Matt Coyte
11 Mar
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With his tour rolling into town this month, what better time to get to know more about the multi-instrumental, dancer, singer-songwriter? These are the 6 facts we bet you didn't know about Bruno...

1. He Wasn’t Born Bruno Mars

Born Peter Gene Hernandez in Hawaii to Puerto Rican and Filipino parents, Bruno became known as Little Elvis, for his spot-on impersonations of the King. He soon took on the name Bruno as his stage name. The nickname was given to him by his bandleader dad when little Pete was a toddler because of his resemblance to retired wrestling champ Bruno Sammartino.

2. He’s Easy to Please

Bruno doesn’t stretch the friendship with concert promoters when it comes to his demands for a backstage rider. When asked by TMZ what sort of outrageous things he asked for during a tour, Mars said, "Wet wipes, a bottle of wine and I'm good to go!"

3. His Favourite Food is Home-Cooked

Mars’s favourite grub is Filipino dish Chicken Adobo. He also told JustJared.com “My father’s mom would make this thing called Spanish Rice. It’s yellow rice with olives, peppers and a whole bunch of other stuff.”

4. Bruno Rules Superbowl

Tying with Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars holds the dubious honour of being one of the few artists to get a second shot at a Superbowl halftime show. The first attempt back in 2014 was pretty lacklustre, when he shared the stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But in 2016, Mars brought his A-game, easily holding his own against Beyoncé and Coldplay. It was also our first taste of “Uptown Funk.”

News
|11 Mar|4 mins

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Bruno Mars

Matt Coyte
11 Mar
Share:

With his tour rolling into town this month, what better time to get to know more about the multi-instrumental, dancer, singer-songwriter? These are the 6 facts we bet you didn't know about Bruno...

1. He Wasn’t Born Bruno Mars

Born Peter Gene Hernandez in Hawaii to Puerto Rican and Filipino parents, Bruno became known as Little Elvis, for his spot-on impersonations of the King. He soon took on the name Bruno as his stage name. The nickname was given to him by his bandleader dad when little Pete was a toddler because of his resemblance to retired wrestling champ Bruno Sammartino.

2. He’s Easy to Please

Bruno doesn’t stretch the friendship with concert promoters when it comes to his demands for a backstage rider. When asked by TMZ what sort of outrageous things he asked for during a tour, Mars said, "Wet wipes, a bottle of wine and I'm good to go!"

3. His Favourite Food is Home-Cooked

Mars’s favourite grub is Filipino dish Chicken Adobo. He also told JustJared.com “My father’s mom would make this thing called Spanish Rice. It’s yellow rice with olives, peppers and a whole bunch of other stuff.”

4. Bruno Rules Superbowl

Tying with Beyoncé and Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars holds the dubious honour of being one of the few artists to get a second shot at a Superbowl halftime show. The first attempt back in 2014 was pretty lacklustre, when he shared the stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But in 2016, Mars brought his A-game, easily holding his own against Beyoncé and Coldplay. It was also our first taste of “Uptown Funk.”

5. The Mars Family Are Musically Talented

Bruno’s father was a band-leader, his mother was a dancer, and his brother Eric plays drums in Mars’s backup band the Hooligans. Three of his sisters, Tiara, Tahiti, and Presley, as well as their cousin Jaime, make up the all-girl music group The Lylas. The group is currently recording their debut album and are set to have their own reality show.

6. His Signature Fedora Was a Happy Accident

Mars told GQ magazine that he purchased his signature grey fedora from a "pimp store" after winning $600 in a casino. At the time, the singer said he had just gotten a haircut and was trying to get used to having less weight on his head. He bought the hat around six months before his career took off, unaware that it would later make a cameo in several of his videos including "Just the Way You Are," "Grenade," and "It Will Rain."

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Matt Coyte
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