Standing quite tall and donning clown makeup, singer Mike Grier, better known as Puddles Pity Party, first caught fans' attention through his work with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox, adding his deep, smooth voice to the group's jazzy covers of "Mad World" and Lorde's "Royals." That led him to talent-competition show "America's Got Talent," where although he didn't make it to the end, he managed to impress audiences and judges alike. Now his takes on songs of all genres and times continue with regular releases online with tens of millions of hits, including his very own "smoosh-ups" combining two different songs, and now he's taking the best of them on the road this spring. And you definitely don't want to miss it, whether you're already a fan or are intrigued to hear more. Here are five reasons to get your tickets now.
5. Puddles Cuddles
For fans wanting to meet Puddles Pity Party and snap a very Instagram-worthy photo with him, he stops by the lobby 15 minutes after the show. Although he doesn't speak--nor does he speak at all in between songs in his set--it's a great opportunity to tell him why you're such a fan, and he'll silently but sincerely express his gratitude.
4. Audience participation
Every fan dreams of being called onstage with their favorite musician, and with Puddles, he frequently pulls fans out of the front rows to join him--mostly for humorous setups to the song he's singing next, such as one person to act as a scientist to kick off his cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" and another to enjoy cupcakes as he sings Bowie and Queen's "Under Pressure," which he's turned into a sort of ode to sweet treats with the added line, "Eat it up." And the whole crowd gets to join in on "All by Myself."
The show kicks off with Puddles singing a beautiful version of REM's "Losing My Religion" with his back to the audience as clips of his time on "America's Got Talent" play, ending with the show's famous buzzer, but that tone hardly persists through the rest of the night. Instead, despite the set including songs that can be dark and Puddles' sad-clown look, the night is largely comprised of humor, including the previously mentioned play with "Under Pressure." In addition, during his take on Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me," pictures of animals donning Puddles' signature gold crown are displayed in the background, and "Another Tear Falls" sees Puddles piling tissues on top of spectators' heads. Puddles even entertains and keeps the audience's attention between songs despite never speaking.
Much like the content he puts online, Puddles' set is diverse, covering songs from a wide array of artists and genres, from oldies to modern radio hits, but all with his own sound and his powerful voice commanding all the attention. Sets comprised entirely of covers could easily get boring, but with Puddles, his take is part of the appeal, especially when it comes to his smoosh-ups--fans are treated to Disney's "Frozen" hit song "Let It Go" twice as part of both "Under Pressure" and Styx's "Come Sail Away," and he sings The Who's "Pinball Wizard" to the tune of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," then flip-flops them later in the set and sings "Folsom Prison Blues" to the tune of "Pinball Wizard."
1. His voice
What makes Puddles' covers so great to begin with is his powerful voice. While the appeal of any concert is to hear your favorite songs live, this is particularly true of Puddles, whose voice is even more impressive to hear in person. The sound easily fills the venue, and he's able to hold notes for an impressively long time. For Puddles' existing fans, it's an experience they won't want to miss out on, and for anyone new, they're sure to be won over quickly.
Puddles' tour continues throughout the spring. Get your tickets now right here on AXS.