Bruno Mars opened a weekend's worth of concerts at the Blaisdell Arena Friday night, and fans couldn't be happier.
The line to get in snaked all over the Blaisdell concourse, as Bruno Mars fans of all ages and from all over waited to get in.
The buzz over Mars' "Moonshine Jungle" tour preceded him. "The Bruno Mars show is the best show on the road today, so that's what we're gonna see tonight," said concert promoter Tom Moffatt. "It's exciting."
At least one fan flew in from Anchorage, Alaska, for the concert. "I came here for my birthday with my girlfriend. And I love Bruno Mars," said Theresa Etheridge.
"This is my first concert and I had to make sure I came here to support him, and I'm super stoked," said Roxie Sykes.
The fans were also treated to an assortment of merchandise -- a chance to get a souvenir to take home, or even wear to the concert itself.
"We got T-shirts and wristbands and we also got drawstring bags, and we also got programs, too," said Stephanie Sanuki.
"She got everything," said fan Tonya Kucic about what her daughter picked up. "She got the jacket. The T-shirt. The tank top."
Ultimately, it's about a music for a lot of those who bought tickets -- and even for members of Hawaii reggae band The Green, one of the opening acts.
"It's so cool. I'm just excited to see his show, and I'm sure it's going to be amazing, and we're going to be inspired by it," said Brad Watanabe, the bassist and keyboard player for The Green.
"Probably the coolest news we've ever gotten, best gig offer," said The Green's Zion Thompson.
"He has a good vibe," said fan Josh George. "He's got that old school/new school type of sound. It's nice to have that around again."
"I taped the Super Bowl and I constantly watch it, and I said yeah, I can't wait to go to this," said George's wife, Lindsey, who were among many who mentioned Mars' Super Bowl halftime show in February as one of the reasons for attending.
The concerts are being opened by the Love Notes, the band that includes Mars' father and in which little Bruno got his start. They will be followed by The Green, and then, Bruno Mars.
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