Webster Hall is a shithole
Mikey (first time in Webster Hall, first ever concert) went last Monday. Jill (second time in Webster Hall) went last Tuesday. This post is a week late because we had hard midterms. Sorry editor!
For an artist (MIKA!!!!) who has walked through air in a bunny-like astronaut suit before, Webster Hall was a dismal stage unworthy of his grandeur. It rained like hell the day I (Mikey) went, something I thought was physically impossible, given that Mika has magical powers.
Yet there Mika was, with his high-pitched, British cadence, somehow making Webster Hall magical. I (Mikey) guess that’s the deeper meaning of Webster Hall. It’s shitty, but that’s OK.
Pros/Cons about the concert:
- The violinist/DJ pair called The Dolls before Mika was intense, in a good way. The small-ish nature of Webster Hall allowed them to toss little plastic musical instruments to what felt like half the crowd.
- Even with Webster Hall’s space issues, Mika’s theatrics still dazzled. His high jumps were magnificent, his balance on top of the piano was sexy, as were his butt sways.
- “Elle me dit“—I (Mikey) don’t speak French, but I practiced beforehand. So I sang along!
- “Elle me dit“—I (Jill) was really disappointed that he sang “Elle me dit” and not “Emily” (the English version of the song). I don’t speak French, nor did I practice the French lyrics beforehand (like Mikey), so every time I tried to sing the lyrics in English I got lost in a monolingual haze of confusion.
- I (Jill) am “not on Mikey’s level” of obsession, but the choruses of Mika’s songs are so catchy that I managed to sing along (relatively) well anyway. And dancing is mandatory. You can’t awkwardly sway-dance/head-bop to Mika.
- ^Yeah, I (Mikey) went with a British fellow who spent the entire evening with his arms crossed. He was lame.
Pro/Con about Webster Hall:
- The venue was somewhat small for someone of Mika’s stature, but it allowed for an intimate setting that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible.
- It’s not that kind of place you take your friends from out of state and say triumphantly, “That, is Webster Hall.”
- Waiting in line in the rain—the kind of rain Mika sang about.
***************Douchebag Bouncer Alert***************
- The bouncer kicked me (Jill) out of line.
- The bouncer took like 50 minutes to look at my (Mikey’s) ID, even though it was a Californian ID (who would make a fake California ID in New York?). It was raining like mad. Bouncer also opened doors at 7:30, 30 minutes after he was supposed to. Jerk.
Is Webster Hall a shithole?
This was my first concert, but I thought it was. Jill says Webster Hall is not a shithole though, so perhaps the headline was misleading.
Mika’s new album, Origin of Love, is available on iTunes and Spotify. For anyone who missed the New York concert (and happens to be in continental Europe in the next few weeks), click here for tour information.
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