Gig reports: Mika @ Webster Hall, NYC 5/2015
The second US venue was Webster Hall, NYC. A legendary venue for Mika. Monday was beautiful, even hotter than Sunday, finally proper summer days. Can’t express how much I enjoyed the warm and sunny weather and had a lovely time with the other fans. A huge thank you to Deb, Dee, Stefania, Indy, Kira, Karin & Michael and everyone else for the company!
The security at the venue was relaxed and joking and assured us that everything will go smoothly at the doors. We were a bit worried about our fan pre-sale tickets as we didn’t have proper tickets, just confirmation emails we had been told to print and show at the door but the security told us not to worry at all.
Finally, after our long waiting the venue opened the doors. Turned out the staff working at the doors didn’t have any information about our pre-sale tickets so we were told our tickets are not valid and not let in, instead the security let in the people behind us refusing to wait until the problem was solved. We got in eventually taking places left that time. I was lucky to get a nice place in the second row and had a good view for the gig in the end.
However, I wasn’t in my best mood and Toy Boy didn’t make it shift to any better direction even I usually love it. During the second and third song I already paid attention that the new setting looked even better than I had imagined. It’s absolutely brilliant! It’s made of simple colorful cardboard but somehow it came alive as soon as Mika and the band showed up on stage and looked so cheerful and cartoon style – and that way so suitable for Mika’s music – that I immediately fell in love with it.
After the first three songs I could only think OMG HOW GOOD HE IS! He is so good. Better and more confident than ever. There was no sign of the usual first gigs nervousness. He looked confident and took his place on stage. Cant’ say if it’s age or all the live television show pressure he’s been through during the past two years but he definitely looks more confident than he used to even we saw the first two shows of the tour after a long break.
Every song from the new album was fantastic and WAG made the venue almost explode. The audience went wild! Mika looked happy and pleased and somehow surprised and after that the gig was full of energy to both directions between him and the audience. The funny, unique floor gave the jumping and dancing crowd even more bouncing effect. He did every song on the set list (even Good Wife, love it, such a beautiful, interesting and dark song) and the encore AND even extra EMD in the end taking finally off his jacket.
Amazing to watch and I felt so lucky to be there and experience it all. What a gig and what a crowd. Wow.