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Flea (music artist)

Review: Shrinking Super Bowl entertainment

Review: Shrinking Super Bowl entertainment

Call it the incredible shrinking Super Bowl halftime. In recent years, Beyonce, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Prince and Bruce Springsteen headlined the year’s biggest nationally televised mini-concert. But Sunday we got a one-man wedding band. Bruno Mars did his best to evoke just about anyone who ever inspired him as a childhood entertainer once known as “Little Elvis” in his native Hawaii. He channeled the Isley Brothers’ “Shout,” did a James Brown shimmy followed by a flying split, made his legs shiver like Presley, and wore a pompadour worthy of Little Richard. In his gold jacket and tie with striped bell-boy slacks, he could have been primping to...