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Two shows at the Hollywood Bowl (May 31 and June 1), which sold out some 36,000 seats in 10 minutes (ticket prices ranged from $39 to $150), marked another career high for Bruno Mars, who has landed 17 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, 11 of them in the top 10.
The concert feat did not go unappreciated by the singer, who name-checked local venues like Irish watering hole Molly Malone's, where he had played in a bar band just six years ago.
This audience, of course, had a much more upscale vibe. A mix of business associates, including super-agent Patrick Whitesell, who signed Mars to William Morris Entertainment, and Julie Greenwald, the Atlantic Records chairman/COO who gave him a record deal; fans (Lea Michele, Paula Abdul); and friends kept a gawking crowd on its toes. Indeed, said multiple concert-goers, people came to be seen but the main event was undoubtedly on the stage as the consummate showman delivered during the latest stop of his multiple-leg Moonshine Jungle trek, well-honed from over a year of touring.
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