The 'Grenade' hitmaker is a big fan of the 63-year-old singer and after going to see one of his live shows, he asked the 'Hello' star for tips on career longevity.
Lionel said: ''The new generation are discovering that guys like me can do melodies. Bruno Mars is a killer for melodies and lyrics, and he came to my show.
''He asked me afterwards: 'Can you tell me how you do it?', and I said, 'Don't worry, you're doing just fine.'
''These new guys are hungry for longevity. Daft Punk's album shares some of that R&B sound, and they know it's all about writing great songs.''
Lionel admitted he never expected his songs to stay relevant and was worried about becoming a ''laughing stock'' with some of his material in the 1970s and 80s.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: ''The words of 'Three Times A Lady' apply in 2013 just as they did in 1978, but at the time disco was happening and I was worried about being a laughing stock.''
It was announced yesterday (22.05.13) that Lionel will perform at
Heart in the Park, the final night of the 10-day music, art and sport spectacular British Summer Time Hyde Park.
Speaking about the gig, Lionel said: ''Hyde Park is as big as it gets, and you'll have total hit power on that stage.''
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