Mika Kicks Off Brief Stateside Tour With Brooklyn Show

Mika brought his signature brand of highly-caffeinated melodic pop to Brooklyn’s Verboten on Sunday night (May 3). The first of three stateside performances, the Lebanese-British singer-songwriter is promoting his upcoming fourth album, No Place in Heaven (out June 16).

Dolled up in a fitted suit (complete with a patchwork heart stitched onto the chest), Mika began his set with an obscure track, “Toy Boy” from 2009’s The Boy Who Knew Too Much. The song, a sort of deranged nursery rhyme, served as an introduction to a double whammy of his biggest hits, “Popular Song” and “Grace Kelly.”

With an amped up audience, Mika then segued into current single, “Talk About You.” He smartly sandwiched cuts from his new album between fan favorites. Out of the new tunes, the crowd was most responsive to “Last Party,” a tribute to one of his idols, Freddie Mercury. By the end of the melancholy power ballad, the crowd was singing along -- a testament to Mika’s knack for writing earworms. In fact, the audience even joined in to sing the Latin-infused “Boum Boum Boum.” The song, which was a hit in French and Belgium, lacks an English translation.

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The only low note of the evening was that the venue didn’t suit such an animated personality. Constricted to a small stage with shoddy lighting, Mika wasn’t able to bring the antics that usually make his performances truly magical. His star still shined bright however; the unfortunate staging didn’t affect his stellar chops or his ability to seamlessly transition in and out of falsetto.

Mika will continue his sold out mini-tour on Monday (May 4) at Webster Hall in New York City, and finish in at the Belasco Theater Los Angeles on Wednesday (May 6).