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Mika Magic - BBC Leeds Review @ The Cockpit


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Another old gig review :) again I can't find it already posted



Mika magic

BBC Leeds


t.gifmika_203_203x152.jpgMika onstage in Leeds


By site user Jackie Hitchen went to see Mika at the Cockpit on Wednesday 28 February 2007.



t.gifIt was a full house at the Cockpit to welcome the man tipped (by some) for greatness in 2007. Michael Penniman aka Mika is a relative newcomer and yet when he arrives on stage to rapturous applause you could be mistaken for thinking this guy has been a star for years.

Flamboyantly dressed and strikingly handsome, he is a man to whom being a pop star comes naturally. He and his band launch straight into Relax, Take it Easy and the crowd go wild.


Most of the tracks during this 50-minute set are from Mika's album Life in Cartoon Motion which allow him to demonstrate his amazing vocal range and versatility as a song writer. Tracks such as Love TodaY and the recent number one single Grace Kelly are uplifting pop tunes which have the whole crowd dancing.


Ring Ring, the seventh track on the set has a rock feel. Over my Shoulder is a ballad. He jumps effortlessly from one style of song to another. After an impressive acoustic version of Nilsson's Everybody's Talking he launches into Stuck in the Middle without pausing for breath. He's witty too. His anecdotes to the audience and cheery banter with his backing band (bassist Michael Choi in particular) have the crowd in raptures.


Mika must be tiring of the constant comparisons to The Scissor Sisters but with his vocal style and theatrical performance it is easy to see how this comparison came about. Some songs such as the nursery rhyme-like Lollipop which was the encore song are cheesy beyond belief. But look past the cheesy songs and you see a serious musician with a broad range of influences from rock to pop to classical. The Leeds crowd went away happy. He must like Leeds too - he's back in May!

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