I really liked the beginning of the Arena Tour shows, spacewalking in a space suit combined to a newsflash (will blog about that later) followed by Relax. Seeing him in a space suit reminds me of a movie called Valentin, which Mika blogged about a couple of years ago. I often watch the movies he recommends, not because I automatically think I will like them but because I’m interested in what kind movies/books/music he likes. This one I loved though, it’s a very good movie.
A few pics from the Arena Tour above and the vid below from Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon (4/2010). I wonder, btw, if his childhood dream was walking in space or spacewalking on stage, thousands of people screaming his name. Maybe both.
Oh, I love bin drumming moments! Sounds so silly – to enjoy so much watching someone drumming garbage bins – but it’s amazingly addictive. Mika has that fantastic, mad look in his eyes. I love it. Suddenly it feels perfectly normal to be a little bit mad. Actually, it’s a good thing to be a bit mad. Let’s be mad together.
At the same time bin drumming feels sad. It tells you that the show is almost over. And Mika shows are always too short. Thanks for coming, see you next time. If everything goes well, if your lucky perfume does not fail you. I know, life is always like that, good things come to an end. While drumming, everything is still possible. It’s madness, and I love it.
Mika’s first hit Grace Kelly was written as a rant against music business people who wanted him to be similar as all the other artists and it was the second song I heard from him after discovering his music. I was watching videos from YouTube and was totally hypnotized. I couldn’t believe I had found an artist like him and I was wondering if he was real. Do singers like him really exist? I’m still amazed and if he will ever start to make too many compromises/please people just to make them like him more, my naive and (obviously too) idealistic heart will be all broken.
I want to use this opportunity to link an interview where he is mentioning Grace Kelly, because the interview will make you smile no matter how many times you have already seen it, it’s here.
The first vid below is from Lauluvaljak Festival, Tallinn (8/2010). The sound is not very good quality, because Estonian soap bubbles didn’t do any good for my camera, but he is in a great mood in the vid. Yes, he has a Finnish flag in his pants… See how he is joking with iMMa and Cherisse? Love it! The second vid is from Festa das Lata, Coimbra (10/2010). This show was the first time I saw him performing after his sister’s serious accident and it was good to see him working and even smiling (silly hat episode).
This song means me maximum everything. Maximum energy, maximum love, maximum happiness, it totally makes me feel I’m alive in every sense. I love it because it’s so energetic, I love it because of the way Mika is using his voice and I especially love the intro part, which is one of the most important concert moments for me. When I heard the intro live for the first time I couldn’t believe I was so lucky, and it’s always a highlight of every show. This song also reminds me that we should do things we love from our whole heart instead of doing meaningless things only half-interested. Isn’t it the whole point of living. I’m usually almost obsessively interested in things behind songs. Knowing what inspired Mika to write his songs gives them always more significance. This time I don’t even want to know much details, I just enjoy the song.
Mika often makes LT performances very theatrical. The idea the of the “death march” before the song is to give fans opportunities to be on stage with him, dressed as Big Girls or Lollipop Girls. He is very generous with his fans and for many of them these moments on stage with him are something to remember forever. During the Arena Tour he started to perform the “killing scene” in the middle of Love Today (the pics below). He plays he is “killing” his band one by one and after the whole band (him included) is “dead” Love Today starts again, the band wakes up and everyone in the venue jumps as much as they can. Yes, first I thought that killing sweet little Cherisse and the rest of the band was like killing Bambi and his parents, but Mika was obviously very amused by this game, and I think we all gradually got used to the scene. I always enjoy the jumping part, it makes the audience go wild.
Different television recordings are interesting for a fan to see. I haven’t seen many of them, to have tickets you usually have to be either local, have good connections or both. The Album Chart Show gave a lot of tickets to fans so I was able to see it a few days before the UK Tour (2/2010).
Unfortunately Mika had a bad flu. I felt sorry for him that he had to perform while not feeling well. He didn’t have his usual energy but did a good performance. It was very interesting to see how everything worked and I was especially pleased to see the venue (KOKO club in London), because it has a lot of meaning for him and I had heard so many people talking about it. Some vids can be found in Youtube, Relax is here.