After striking gold at the Grammy Awards last month, Bruno Mars is extending his 24K Magic World Tour into late 2018 with another Xcel Energy Center show set for Sept. 11.
Tickets go on sale at noon this Friday, Feb. 16, via Ticketmaster for $60-$175. Seats were $20-$50 cheaper when he played the St. Paul arena last August, but he’s six Grammys and a couple more chart-topping hits richer since then. His third album, “24K Magic” (released November 2016), landed three top 10 singles, including “That’s What I Like,” the title track and the latest, “Finesse.” Mars performed the latter tune at the Grammy Awards, where he won “the big three” categories of album, song and record of the year.
Mars’ “Finesse” collaborator Cardi B -- who had a controversial run of Super Bowl party appearances two weeks ago -- is listed as “a special guest” for this Xcel Center show (not an opener).
A 32-year-old native of Honolulu, Mars made his Twin Cities debut in 2011 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium and easily sold out Xcel Center last time around. Star Tribune critic Jon Bream's review of that show said it was “supremely entertaining” but was “missing the originality and vision it takes” to be a lasting pop icon (like Prince; no pressure).