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The Moonshine Jungle Tour is the ongoing second concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars in support of his second studio album, Unorthodox Jukebox. The tour is set to begin on June 22, 2013 and will continue through March 16, 2014.

In April 2013, Bruno Mars announced that the tour would include Australia in February and March 2014. A promotional trailer and behind-the-scenes footage of the tour were released through Mars' official YouTube channel and website. As of September 10, 2013, the tour has grossed $40.5 million from the first 42 shows and dragged more than 565,000 fans, according to John Marx when interview by Billboard.




BackgroundEdit

On January 2012 it was decided that Bruno Mars would not play in any theaters or ballrooms like on the previous tour. This decision came from the success that Mars was experiencing not only for the sold out arenas but also due to the dynamic performances. John Marx, in an interview to Billboard confessed that the decision of making the 'leap from smaller venues to arenas, it’s never an easy one' and added 'you take precautions to make sure that you don’t leave any empty seats.'



ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Chris Richards' review for The Washington Post was glowing in its praise, "Sprawling video screens. Blasts of smoke, fire and confetti. A disco ball the size of a Toyota Prius." The performance of the singer who sold out Washington’s Verizon Center was "one of those rare, thrilling, upside-down pop concerts where instead of rigidly trying to recreate the high sheen of various hit singles, the singer takes complete control of the songbook, reshaping it at will. Which is to say, it was fantastic." The reviewer also metioned the wide ranges that Mars aprochs "hopscotched through Motown, new wave, late-’70s funk, mid-’90s R&B, flaunting a pop fluency that’s earned him a vast and diverse horde of admirers. You could see it in Saturday night’s audience—there were baby boomers, babies of boomers, babies of babies of boomers, and in Section 100, an actual baby." However he criticized the fact "he still needs to learn how to assert his personality through all of his genre-jumping time travel." and "Put the Hooligans, the name of the backing band, on that ticket stub, too."

Writing for Billboard magazine, Jason Lipshutz felt that Mars' most impressive thing was the list of songs that was on the set list during his performance. He wrote that "Mars' biggest asset as a performer has always been his ambidextrousness, and in his current stage show, the singer holds high notes, leads choreographed dances, plays electric guitar, plays acoustic guitar, plays drums, engages the crowd and even flirts with some ladies in the front row. He's a convincing "whole package" kind of pop artist, and like an ace Pixar movie with "in" jokes for parents, he expertly caters to his older and younger demographics at his live shows". He concluded his review with, "His pop tracks may not possess enriching messages, but his tirelessness and dedication must be appreciated when seen in person. And appreciate it they did: when all was said and done, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia roared with a collective dizziness usually reserved for the all-too-occasional Flyers playoff win."

Sarah Rodman of The Boston Globe gave the show, especially the overall performance of Bruno Mars and his band, a critically positive review, opening her article with "14,785 fans in attendance left with more than a few beads of perspiration on their brow hanks to the indefatigable singer-songwriter’s ecstatic approach to performing." His show in Boston was so energetic that "The energy never flagged as Mars displayed his flair for dramatics and classic showmanship, twisting, thrusting, and shimmying through retro soul jams". She adds "Mars has chosen his band wisely as they not only bring his music to life but match his enthusiasm and hit every step alongside the boss." She concluded the review by saying "Clearly, much work, planning, and rehearsal went in to the show, but Mars made it look easy."

Jim Farber of New York Daily News praised the "show aimed to recreate a bygone era of flashy entertainment, a disco-age, tip-of-the-fedora to natty, ’70s acts like The Jacksons, The Tramps and The Bee Gees." He described the music as "Befitting his Pacific rearing, Mars’ music has an Island ease and warmth." Althought he ended up by criticising the "inhabited the glad-handing part so winningly, it hardly seemed to matter that the show wasn’t big on risk or depth."

Opening actsEdit

  1. Fitz and The Tantrums
  2. Ellie Goulding
  3. Mayer Hawthorne
  4. Miguel

SetlistEdit

  1. "Moonshine"
  2. "Natalie"
  3. "Treasure"
  4. "Money (That's What I Want) / Billionaire"
  5. "Bam Bam / Show Me" (cover)
  6. "Candy Rain" (cover)
  7. "Our First Time" / "Pony" / "Ignition"
  8. "Marry You"
  9. "If I Knew"
  10. "Runaway Baby"
  11. "Nothin' on You"
  12. "When I Was Your Man"
  13. "Grenade"
  14. "Just The Way You Are"

EncoreEdit

  1. "Locked Out of Heaven"
  2. "Gorilla"

Tour datesEdit

Date City Country Venue
North America
June 22, 2013 Washington, D.C. United States Verizon Center
June 24, 2013 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
June 26, 2013 Boston TD Garden
June 27, 2013 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
June 29, 2013 New York City Barclays Center
July 1, 2013 Newark Prudential Center
July 2, 2013 Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center
July 3, 2013 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 5, 2013 Montreal Bell Centre
July 6, 2013 Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 8, 2013 Quebec City Plains of Abraham
July 10, 2013 Columbus United States Value City Arena
July 11, 2013 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 13, 2013 Chicago United Center
July 14, 2013 St. Paul Xcel Energy Center
July 17, 2013 Calgary Canada Scotiabank Saddledome
July 18, 2013 Edmonton Rexall Place
July 20, 2013 Vancouver Rogers Arena
July 21, 2013 Seattle United States KeyArena
July 22, 2013 Portland Rose Garden Arena
July 24, 2013 Sacramento Sleep Train Arena
July 25, 2013 San Jose SAP Center at San Jose
July 27, 2013 Los Angeles Staples Center
July 28, 2013
July 30, 2013 San Diego Valley View Casino Center
July 31, 2013 Phoenix US Airways Center
August 2, 2013 West Valley City Maverik Center
August 3, 2013 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
August 5, 2013 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 6, 2013
August 8, 2013 St. Louis Scottrade Center
August 9, 2013 Kansas City Sprint Center
August 10, 2013 Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena
August 12, 2013 Dallas American Airlines Center
August 14, 2013 Austin Frank Erwin Center
August 15, 2013 Houston Toyota Center
August 17, 2013 Nashville Bridgestone Arena
August 18, 2013 Louisville KFC Yum! Center
August 19, 2013 Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse
August 21, 2013 Charlotte Time Warner Cable Arena
August 22, 2013 Atlanta Phillips Arena
August 27, 2013 Orlando Amway Center
August 28, 2013 Tampa Tampa Bay Times Forum
August 30, 2013 Miami American Airlines Arena
September 1, 2013 San Juan Puerto Rico Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot
Europe
October 2, 2013 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
October 3, 2013 Dublin Ireland The O2
October 5, 2013 Manchester England Manchester Arena
October 6, 2013 Glasgow Scotland The Hydro
October 8, 2013 London England The O2 Arena
October 9, 2013
October 11, 2013 Birmingham National Indoor Arena
October 12, 2013 Sheffield Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
October 14, 2013 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
October 15, 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome
October 17, 2013 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis Antwerp
October 18, 2013 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
October 20, 2013 Mannheim Germany SAP Arena
October 22, 2013 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
October 23, 2013 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
October 24, 2013 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
October 26, 2013 Milan Italy Mediolanum Forum
October 28, 2013 Berlin Germany O2 World Berlin
October 29, 2013 Hamburg O2 World Hamburg
October 31, 2013 Copenhagen Denmark Forum Copenhagen
November 2, 2013 Oslo Norway Oslo Spectrum
November 3, 2013 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
November 6, 2013 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
November 7, 2013 Budapest Hungary Papp László Sportaréna
November 9, 2013 Düsseldorf Germany ISS Dome
November 12, 2013 Munich Olympiahalle
November 14, 2013 Badalona Spain Palau Municipal d'Esports
November 15, 2013 Madrid Palacio Vistalegre
November 16, 2013 Lisbon Portugal MEO Arena
November 18, 2013 Marseille France Le Dôme de Marseille
November 19, 2013 Toulouse Le Zénith de Toulouse
November 21, 2013 London England The O2 Arena
November 22, 2013 Nottingham Capital FM Arena
November 24, 2013 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
November 25, 2013 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
Oceania
February 28, 2014 Perth Australia Perth Arena
March 4, 2014 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 5, 2014
March 7, 2014 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 10, 2014 Sydney Allphones Arena
March 11, 2014
March 15, 2014 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena

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