Gig reviews: Mika @ El Rey Theater, Los Angeles

The setlist

Grace Kelly

Toy Boy

Lollipop

Blue Eyes

Billy Brown

Popular

Drunk

Only Lonely Man

Underwater

SITM

EMD

Make You Happy

Hia Leah

Origin

BG

Century Man

Celebrate

Relax

Love Today

OMS

Not totally sure about the order but the setlist for Mika’s LA show at El Rey Theater was more or less like above. Filming was not allowed so I didn’t take any videos, but there are some clips uploaded on Youtube (not his wish, but very difficult to avoid, and way too tempting for fans not to watch). As the links for the vids are listed on his official fan club forum (and even tweeted by GW) I linked a few videos to the songs on the setlist above (and again, if you filmed the videos and don’t want them linked here, just let me know). Black and white videos for some songs are amazingly beautiful and great quality!

The highlight of the show was definitely Make You Happy performed together with Greg Wells. Any album version can’t possibly compete with this stunning acoustic performance, it was extremely powerful and so full of emotion and he was singing every word like meaning it, I loved it. Also, it was so heart-warming to hear Mika’s producer’s words about him, I felt so lucky to be there and see them performing together.

Beside MYH the most beautiful songs were (once again) Underwater, OMS and Hia Leah. Mika’s voice is simply perfect for the songs and – as I’ve said in every post – in a brilliant shape. Loving the way Curtis is playing in the beginning of UW and OMS (I think the instrument is called melodica, just correct me if I’m wrong) and Max singing like an angel in OMS and Hia Leah. Of course I knew he is a good singer and I’ve heard him before but I never realized his voice is this pretty! The simple setting makes it so effortless to hear their voices and every different instrument. No female backing vocalist needed. I can so perfectly understand why he decided to do the tour together with Max and Curtis. Such a special setting and I must say I don’t miss the band around him at all.

Also, loving some new details they’ve added to several songs: church style intro for Popular, tapping in SITM, Saxophone for Billy Brown (not new, but we can hear it so much better now) and energetic drumming in several songs (Lollipop, LT, Only Lonely Man, Century Man). My biggest favorite on the setlist is the new song Century Man. It’s classic (somehow Beatles style) and full of energy (omg, listen to around 1:55, 2:55). I can hardly handle how awesome it is, I haven’t heard anything like this for a very long time. Acoustic Relax is always like a dream, but you know how it is with the most famous songs… The audience is singing so much it’s difficult to really enjoy his voice. Still beautiful as always.

The venue was intimate and quite fancy. The audience was a bit different than usually, imo, (lot of VIPs and special guests, Mika joked about them and thanked people he works with) but still loud and energetic. I went to see the gig alone but managed to find Sivan and another MFCer at the venue (thanks for your company, girls!) and we had a chat after the show. I’ve seen some great LA reviews, especially loved the words by a local music siteMany moments found me thinking about how absolutely adorable he is, and so completely unassuming about his own career and success that you just want to throw love at him. Oh, that’s him, I totally agree. I’ve always wanted to see a Mika show in LA, definitely worth traveling.