Gig review: Theatre Antique de Vienne 7/2012

I travelled from Nice to Vienne on Wednesday morning. I arrived to the venue with my French friends and saw absolutely breath-taking historical amphitheater (the picture above). We climbed the venue up and down and I realized it had an amazing view from everywhere and decided I would use this rare opportunity and not watch the show from front but from somewhere higher to see the whole stage, the audience and the beautiful light show.

The best decision ever. It didn’t feel like that at first though. All my friends were at front and I had a lonely and very hot and sunny waiting before the show. I bought a lot of water and watched the supporting act which wasn’t my taste. The bad news was that I was actually watching the supporting act for the official supporting act (which was actually really poor) and the waiting felt really long. I was also a bit worried about the audience (which was big but didn’t look enthusiastic at all). People had pillows and blankets and they were eating and eating like on a Sunday picnic. However, as soon as the horrible supporting act stopped and Mika’s crew came to the stage people started clap their hands and perform the Mexican wave! See the pic below. What a sudden change, I was super excited in a few seconds!

The setting was made ready very quickly and soon the band and then Mika came to stage. The crowd started to cheer and the gig was truly amazing from beginning to the very end (to tell the truth I didn’t want it to end at all!). The sound was very good and I had a perfect view so I could see the whole stage and observe everything what happened (and took a lot videos to remember everything afterwards).

Mika started with Big Girl (probably to break the pattern) and continued with Relax and Blame It On the Girls. I couldn’t dance or jump in a big way because everyone around me were still sitting (but still clapping their hands and enjoying) so I just enjoyed the music and watched. Next songs were Stuck In the Middle, Billy Brown and Blue Eyes and I find the new versions for all of these songs really fresh and interesting. I loved watching Curtis and Tim playing (they were put into a spotlight) and especially Curtis totally hypnotized me. It looks he can play every possible instrument and his playing is really natural and cheerful and I just can’t stop watching it. I filmed all these songs and will upload them as soon as possible (see already Billy Brown below). At concert situations my attention is usually purely on Mika (his voice is the reason why I go to see these concerts) and as long as the result works I don’t pay much attention to the band members unless they have some kind of special roles (that’s why I really enjoy watching them in a spotlight).

After that we heard Lola (love it) and Rain (really missed hearing it during the concert break) and finally Lollipop. I like the new version of Lollipop because it sounds really new and I was looking forward to seeing fans on stage dressed in black suits and hats (video below). Letting fans be on stage for a couple of minutes during shows may sound a small thing but it’s not, really. I’ve seen it and I know it’s a huge effort and means at least two hours work for at least three members of his crew every night and means also risking the show (just having there a dozen of people not used to be on stage is a small risk, imo). I was quite sure he wouldn’t see this trouble again (after performing with Big Girls and Lollipop Girls for such a long time) but here we go again, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it, it’s just one of those things that make him really special. Also, love the suit/hat/briefcase idea!

After Lollipop we heard Underwater which is my absolute favorite and therefor one of the highlights of the show. During UW I almost felt like having some kind of a contact with him and even though it’s not even possible (I was far away and could see small details only through my little camera) it still tells about his ability to have a contact with his audience (impressive) and I was happy to see it also works when not near front rows. Once again, the venue was brilliant and offered a good view from everywhere.

Next he performed Happy Ending and the fans in front row waved red and blue heart-shape lights and people made hearts with their fingers (and Mika made hearts with his fingers) and it was really sweet. Happy Ending is not the same as it used to be (he is skipping my favorite part of the song these days) but it’s still a lovely song and I filmed it as well and will link it later. I had a blue heart light in my bag and gave it to a little boy next to me and he happily waved it (probably during the whole show and not just during HE). Celebrate was awesome, the audience had a lot of energy and I enjoyed watching Joy singing and dancing. Karen was an absolute pleasure. It’s one of my favorite songs and first it felt weird to hear a new version but actually I like it a lot. EMD and Love Today made the audience wild and Mika was on fire, and I can’t describe it properly but the atmosphere was full of energy. I love the end of Love Today because Max is absolutely adorable (everyone seems to love him) and I hope Mika will keep that part, it’s one of my favorite parts in the new show. Then the last song and We Are Golden worked like always and the confetti looked awesome and the song felt like the final firework for the show. Lol, he came back of course and did The Origin of Love and Grace Kelly. I still have no idea what the latin part in TOOL says but it sounds fantastic and I love it as well as the whole structure for the song (can’t say it in English, but the song “moves” really well towards the ending).

And that was all. I felt like drugged because I enjoyed so much and I must say the new show is good, don’t miss it. Even old songs feel fresh and both the lights and the confetti worked really well even the venue was this big. Mika’s voice was beautiful and not too tired in the end and his performing was just excellent (probably because the audience had so much energy), I especially enjoyed watching his jumping and crazy dancing (will never get bored of that). I met some new fans from Seoul and Los Angeles and new/old faces from Belgium, France, Italy, UK etc. and everyone seemed to agree after the gig that what we saw was an especially good show.