NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bruno Mars, a native of Hawaii, isn’t exactly accustomed to singing and dancing in the extreme cold.
The pop star who is performing during the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show Sunday at MetLife Stadium has called his outdoor rehearsals over the past couple of days a learning experience.
“Just like the microphone — (it) turns into a Popsicle,” Mars told reporters, including WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell and 1010 WINS’ Al Jones, on Thursday at Lincoln Center. “And all these things you don’t really think about going into it, but I’m grabbing the mic, and it’s frozen. So it’s the stuff like that that we’re taking into consideration.”
Mars is following in the recent footsteps of Madonna, Bruce Springstreen and Beyonce. At 28 years old, he will become the youngest solo headliner to perform in the Super Bowl halftime show, which is projected to attract more than 100 million viewers worldwide.
“So honored that they would give a new — I feel like still a new artist — that they’d give the new guy a shot,” he said.
Mars added that he’s not worried about wind affecting his trademark hairstyle.
“I got three gallons of hair spray in this thing,” he said. “So I’m good.”
Renee Fleming, meanwhile, is quite used to the cold.
The opera star, who grew up in Rochester, N.Y. and will sing Sunday’s national anthem, said she’s more worried about the acoustics in the stadium than she is with the weather.
“I want to thank Rochester for preparing me for singing in the cold,” she said.
Fleming added that she’s honored to have the opportunity to perform on such a grand stage.
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