Mars announces Oahu shows
Hawaii-born pop superstar Bruno Mars will return home to Oahu for shows in April, according to a post on the artist's official website announcing upcoming 2014 "Moonshine Jungle Tour" concert dates.
Mars will headline back-to-back Blaisdell Arena performances on April 18 and April 19, with tickets going on sale Feb. 3; prices and other details have not been announced.
The Honolulu shows will take place as Mars heads back to the United States from tour stops in Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan that get underway in March.
The concerts will also mark the City and County of Honolulu's official 50th anniversary celebration of Blaisdell Arena first event, the "Million Dollar Party" on April 10, 1964. That concert featured Bobby Rydell, Teddie Randazzo, Jan and Dean, Johnny Crawford, Paul Revere & the Raiders.
"It was a maybe up until his people decided to announce it," said city spokesperson Jesse Broder Van Dyke. "We're very lucky Bruno has aloha for Hawaii and has decided to come."
Before he heads back out on tour, Mars will entertain a worldwide audience when he performs during the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Feb. 2.
The last time Mars performed in Honolulu was in 2010.
Jason Genegabus is Entertainment Editor/Online at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and has covered the local nightlife, music, bar and entertainment scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter and Google+.
Star-Advertiser reporter Mike Gordon contributed to this post.