Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux 25.22.2010

Just a few words about the show in Bordeaux, France. I decided to travel to Bordeax last minute but still before we heard Mika is having a massive cold. I realized he might cancel the show but I already had my tickets so I traveled first to Paris and then to Bordeaux (the trip felt really long, I admit that sometimes I do regret my quick decisions!). I finally arrived Bordeaux and was happy to meet some French fans at the venue on Sunday (thank you Leila, Virginie and Julie!) and we had a nice chat before the girls went to their choir rehearsals (they were all chosen to the choir for the show). The queueing was very relaxed and organized, the line was totally calm and direct (if you have seen some chaotic French queueing – this was the opposite) and the venue security was strict and effective. Looked like the people were going to a Sunday brunch and no one was in a hurry!

Mika was a little bit late and the crew did their best to keep people entertained having a small disco and a homemade light show (lol, crazy, funny people, love them all). Finally we saw the band, then Mika and the show started with the opening and Soleil. We could hear he still had a flu but he had seen a doctor before the show and his voice was surprisingly good considering he was not feeling 100 % well. I had decided to not take any pics, just as a gesture (because he was not well, and who wants people to take pics when not well). He looked gorgeous and not ill at all but I still decided not to take any pics and just enjoy the show every possible way.

He started the show with lots of energy and whatever weird medicine the circus doctor gave him must have been very strong, he was dancing and doing crazy jumps as always! His performing was charming and he totally warmed the Sunday brunch audience during the show. I couldn’t understand his chatting in French but I really enjoyed the show and certain songs especially. I noticed he did some super fast and not so planned moves skipping/adding some details and I saw the band had to pay more than their usual attention to follow him and improvise a lot (I had a great spot and saw Max and Curtis and their facial expressions very well). They managed to follow him really well though and the band and Doriand (who was on stage during a couple of songs) did their best to help him when his voice was a bit tired in the end of the show. The show was really good and I especially loved Stardust, Underwater, Karen and the fast songs after them. Karen was lovely, really, and loved how Mika and Doriand high-fived after the song. I tried to enjoy every second of the song because we probably can’t hear it live for a long time. UW made me almost cry a bit, I was feeling emotional and it’s such a beautiful song. I feel a huge gratefulness every time I hear this song live and try to store the feeling to remember it later.

I was amazed how well he did in the circumstances. I have seen many shows and this was a good one even he was not well and I admire him a lot for doing it. The audience loved him and was generally very understanding when his energy level suddenly dropped in the end of the show and he had to cough a bit. He started to look tired and I wished he could have just stopped but he didn’t, he performed the whole set list and didn’t skip a single song! He was probably under some medication and I seriously hope performing like this is not harming his voice too much and I was sorry to hear he can’t have much rest before the UK shows in December. I wasn’t too worried to see him performing though because he did so well and obviously wants to do every show and he managed to give the audience a fantastic evening.

The band was fab. Max was improvising more than usually (dancing, climbing on the piano) and we saw even Tim dancing (hahah, poor man, he didn’t have any other choice, but it was a lot fun and we loved it). The band needs to be very sharp with him, he can be very spontaneous on stage, but they seem to adore him and they all are becoming more spontaneous show after show. I was in front row next to Julie’s mom and she had a great time watching the show and her daughter on stage! The choir did well and was singing as much as they could. A lovely and amazingly polite young French fan (who I had met in Nice back stage) was behind me with his mother and was so much fun to have a little chat and laugh to our funny memories from Nice. Also, I was really happy to meet Axie after the show (it’s been a long time, wishing her all the best from the bottom of my heart).

I hope no one saw my facial expressions during the show, I probably looked way too happy and laughing, surprised (like when he was doing his huge jump) and even a bit scared (he almost fell off the piano once). My trip back home was more difficult than usually (okay, it was a pain, I felt I was running from France to Finland) but I was very happy have one more gig memory before the tour is over, as it soon is.

Done for now, more in a couple of weeks!

 

The venue and the fans

The gigs at Casino de Paris were lovely and special. The venue was glamorous and I loved it how he wanted to make the shows even more special wearing his fancy outfits (seriously, too cute, see the pics in my previous posts). I can well imagine his nervous walking before the first show on Monday, checking his clothes several times…

Paris seems always to be important for him, everything must be perfect. I’ve seen 15-20 Mika shows in France so I know the French fans quite well and always enjoy their company. Actually a half of the audience looks always familiar, I’ve seen most of them several times! I saw my favorite ever Mika concert in France (must have been Jam Sessions at Comedy Club 2009, his voice was so beautiful and the venue was tiny and pretty). My most chaotic gig memories are also from France (losing my tickets, seeing the chaos Compiegne etc) and I’ve been on stage in France twice even I don’t speak a word of French. France is always crazy and I always love it (so I’m fine with Mika concentrating on his French market, I really can’t complain).

I traveled with Fran and we met Marion (both nights) and her friend Jonathan (the second night). I was thinking of my favorite and dearest Mika concert memories and I realized that Marion has almost always been there, she is such a kind and easy-going person to spend time with at gigs. Marion, Fran and I found a lovely little restaurant the night before the gigs and had some risotto, wine and chocolate mousse and it was soooo nice (because I need some food to be in a good mood and I always eat chocolate mousse in France, it’s a tradition). Jonathan managed to find a ticket for the second night and joined us. I met Jonathan for the first time at the Comedy Club 2009 and again in Luxembourg 2010 (also a fab gig), he loves dancing and is such a cheerful company and we all had a great time on Tuesday. Thank you everyone, hope to meet to you all again! The Paris choir was really good and I was more than happy to see Netina on stage. Netina is one of those rare people who has always some positive words to say to everyone so it was good to see her having some special time on stage, so deserved.

The shows

I already wrote some details about the both shows. He was a bit nervous in the beginning of the first show but did well and it was a great show, I enjoyed it almost as much as the second show even the latter one was more relaxed. He was in a funny mood on Tuesday, doing even some crazy things on stage (asking a lot of people on stage, dancing and laughing loudly, teaching some Drunk song choreographies to the audience etc). It looked he was determined to make the audience dance and party and succeeded in it. The pictures below are taken during Love Today and Origin on the second night, some of my favorite moments in Paris beside of the Drunk song and Karen. We also heard Heroes for the first time and it was a very special ending for the second show, see the last video below. Doriand was on stage during Karen (both nights) and we met him after the show on Tuesday and he was really friendly and signed my album (which was really nice, because Karen is one of my favorite songs). Lovely three days in Paris, I just wish I could have spent some time walking around, I need to go back soon.

Toy Boy:

Un Soleil Mal Luné

Stardust:

Heroes:

The venue and the fans 

Den Atelier in Luxembourg was one of my favorite venues during the tour! Check it out here. It looks bigger in the pics but I can tell you, it’s t-i-n-y, really. Very small and club style. I was surprised to see a lot children in the audience. The crowd wasn’t partying the same way as at the Munich gig but it was loud and the atmosphere was good and warm. The stage was so small the setting could hardly fit on it and the band was playing everyone next to each other and in the end the choir was on stage less than planned. There was simply not enough space.

The queueing was relaxed and only a small group of fans arrived during the day. I flied from Copenhagen (long story, spent my night there), went to the venue and met Karin, Miri, Bubbles, Renate, Sabine, Ulrike, Fran and Kate. We spent the day chatting and Karin had brought a lot of material to use as “decoration” during Underwater and Nico (Bubbles) draw some funny fish characters that made us laugh the whole day. Hahah, so much fun and the result was hilarious. The gig was very international (beside locals there were fans from German, France, Belgium, Austria etc) and balloons, glow sticks and hearts on stage (made by French fans) added some extra color. The setting was extra simple though and Mika was wearing black trousers, white shirt and his green braces (striped socks belong to Curtis).

The show

The original set list for Luxembourg:
Relax (with a new beginning)
Blue Eyes
Lola
Billy Brown
Popular
Rain
Big Girl
 
Stardust
Underwater
Karen
Stuck In The Middle
 
Love Today
Drunk
Elle Met Dit
Origin
Celebrate
Grace kelly
 
Lollipop
We Are Golden

Going trough the setlist with a few words. He started with the same short opening he already used in Paris. It’s exciting and fits really well with Relax (I felt it was a bit random with the slow and beautiful French Soleil song in Paris). Blue Eyes gives Tim a moment to be in a spot light (and as you know we ❤ him), it’s an interesting and elegant song and warms the audience for Lola which is kind of the same style but even better. Billy Brown is familiar for every single person in the audience and even it’s almost too familiar it really must be there and it’s the moment for the whole crowd to start to dance and sing along. Popular is another interesting and entertaining new song (I personally like both Lola and the live version for Popular a LOT) and makes people ready for two older high-energy songs Rain and Big Girl. I like the first part of the show, it’s nicely built as long as the first song is powerful enough (and Relax is).

The second part is slower and extremely beautiful. Stardust (the way he is doing it atm) is pretty and even quite tender, I love it! After that he is doing Underwater in a very emotional and powerful way (a bit like he used to do Any Other World earlier) and even I would like to hear it more gently I do understand his point because the audience takes it very well. Karen is always a treat (we can’t hear it often enough) and SITM ends the section in a perfect way. I must say I really, really like SITM the way it’s done these days, it’s very entertaining and I love it how he often chats a bit before the song and how Curtis is playing in it.

The third section is the best part of the show. This is the moment when the audience is totally awake and it never fails. Love Today is better than ever, it’s probably my very favorite part of the new show. You know the movie scenes where the main character is walking in the street in peace and in the middle of the totally calm moment and suddenly sees someone standing and leaning the building in front of him and turns around and there’s someone behind him too? And he is trying to find a way out and you realize something dangerous and final is going to happen? That’s the feeling you get when the band starts to play around him and it sounds really strong and I love it and the feeling goes well through the whole song and in the end tiny, shy Max is doing his victory dance on the piano and the audience starts to jump and it’s just AWESOME! Hahah, I’m so excited about this song. After that he starts Drunk and it’s one of those perfect moments to chat a bit and teach some cheerful choreographies to the audience (and Drunk is really as good live as I thought in advance). After Drunk it’s time for EMD and a serious party time (EMD is a success even when the crowd is not talking French). Origin is generally speaking the best song from the new album and it’s the highlight for the whole show with some balloons and hearts and after that people start to calm down with Celebrate and Grace Kelly.

In the end it’s time for the last two songs. In Luxembourg he skipped Lollipop but added Toy Boy with Max and I really enjoy hearing Toy Boy now even it wasn’t my favorite songs during the last proper tour. I like the structure of the setlist but of course I would love to see him adding some new songs like Step With Me to the first section and Kids to the second and maybe ending the third one with Heroes like he did in Paris. He didn’t do Happy Ending in Luxembourg at all. It a difficult song and his voice has been a bit tired lately, sometimes we can’t even hear him properly. It can be a technical issue too, but the sound was quite good in Lux and I have a few vids even I had only my poor camera with me (Stardust, Karen, SITM, Toy Boy below, I can’t understand what I thought when not filming UW, but don’t have it, sorry). Yes, that’s it I think. It was a good, small gig, I’m happy that I did it.

Stardust:


Karen:

SITM:

Toy Boy:

I saw Mika at Atelier in Luxembourg last night and really enjoyed the show (last one for me at the moment, more in December). I was in a horribly bad mood in the morning (my flights were cancelled and delayed, I had to stay over night alone in Copenhagen and I wasn’t feeling so well, my voice missing for 5 days already) but seeing familiar faces in Luxembourg was so much fun, the venue lovely and tiny and the staff working there incredibly friendly that I really started to look forward to the gig. The audience wasn’t a party one or super amazing (a lot of kids in the audience) but it was generally very good and the atmosphere was really warm. Mika seemed to be in a good mood, I couldn’t understand his chatting (in French) and not sure if he recognized me in front of him (he probably did, he can always recognize everyone) but I had a feeling he had a good contact with the crowd which was loud even so small (the venue capacity was max 800).

A few highlights from last night. We had an “underwater world” prepared for Underwater (German, Belgian etc fans brought fabric, paper and ribbons to make “waves” and different kind of fish) and it all looked really funny and he looked amused and stopped his singing to laugh for a moment in the beginning of the song (it’s definitely not a funny song so the effect was even more hilarious and the waves looked great even it was just random blue fabric and paper). I just couldn’t stop laughing, it was funny indeed. Also, I’m falling in love with some old songs again and again, the band makes them sound awesome, really. SITM is fantastic and I especially love Love Today and not sure how it’s possible but it’s better show after show (it looked Mika and the band felt like on fire during the song) and the combination of LT, Drunk and EMD makes the audience always go wild (the best part of the show, imo). He skipped Happy Ending on purpose again, maybe it’s a bit difficult at the moment, but Stardust, UW and Karen were all lovely and made it up. A great colorful show, more details later, now on my way home. xx

What a crazy show in Paris tonight! Even better than the first show, imo. He was in a weird, crazy mood and did a lot of funny, spontaneous things on stage. Just watching his face and dance moves during Drunk was worth a trip to France. A few notes:

  • He added a small wake-up part in the beginning of the show before the first French song.  A bit random, but quite effective and I liked the idea.
  • Both Lola and Popular are fantastic live, loving them more and more after every show.
  • Karen was really, really lovely, it’s definitely still one of my favorite songs. Doriand was on stage looking happy and smiling (the audience loved the song).
  • Underwater is new Any Other World. I’m getting used to it and it’s an impressive live song done that way. He is very determined guiding the audience and looks so pleased when it goes well. I like watching his joy, so whatever as long as he keeps it on the setlist.
  • The parts he is doing with Curtis/Max in SITM and Love Today are getting better and better.
  • Love Today is better than ever, really loved it how it was done. He continued with Drunk and EMD and managed to rule the audience very well.
  • Origin seems to be the final highlight of the show, I enjoy it every time.
  • He did Heroes as a new song. It was put on the setlist a while ago but done tonight for the first time. I love Heroes but can’t remember the live version well enough after only one listening, because extra people (from the audience) on stage took my attention.

I have a lot of details to tell about the show, I will write a longer review if I can find any time. I’m glad I did the both Paris shows, I loved them and he did well both times.

 Stylish and adorable.

And look at the vest (with polkadots) under the suit!! Loved it.

Mika was joking with the band during the show and the band was lovely and gave also attention and smiles to the front row.

Glowing Mika. The venue was fancy, he was dressed like for a special occasion and had prepared three French songs for Paris. Karen was lovely, absolutely one of my favorite moments tonight, EMD worked well as always and the slow song was beautiful (but some people were singing!!!).

My other favorites were Love Today (see Max under the table singing his part) and Love You When I’m Drunk. Of course also Origin with balloons and Celebrate with confetti. The China Boy part is beautiful!

Balloons looked like this, thanks to the French fans for organizing!

And confetti looked like this, another fun idea, loved it!  The choir was great, I could actually hear them singing (probably for the first time). I was happy for Netina who was on stage and got a lot of Mika attention.

The audience was responsive…

…and the venue so suitable for Mika, fancy compared to several previous shows.

In the end we had many happy fans, tired Mika and a lot of cleaning to do for the venue staff (sorry about the mess). Enjoyed everything, see you tomorrow.

Atlantico in Rome is one of those basic, impersonal venues you can hardly remember afterwards. Going in to the venue ended up being a chaos but I had a great view and I took some pictures of the stage before the show to remember the setting. I knew in advance the audience will scream a lot during the show. I still want to see Italian Mika gigs as often as I can and I always look forward to them, the atmosphere is always cheerful and full of joy and I love watching Mika with his Italian fans. I love Italian coffee (definitely worth traveling) and especially meeting Italian people. The majority of the Italian fans are incredibly kind and friendly to foreigners and it was good to meet so many Italian Mika fans last night. Robi, Allegra, Sarina, Clara, Melissa, Nezza (not Italian, I know, but “almost”), Monica and her friend, Valeria, Virginia and her boyfriend (in love and too cute for words), Eugenio (so nice to have a chat with you!), Giulia and many others (I know I’m forgetting some names now, sorry about that).

Compared to some previous gigs I’ve seen Mika wasn’t at his best and somehow it looked he did a lot of funny faces but didn’t really feel like being funny. However, he seemed to genuinely enjoy his interaction with the Italian crowd and he showed his normal energy during the high-energy songs like Love Today. Maybe he was a bit tired or not really relaxed but as we all know he can do a great show every time no matter how his personal mood is. I just had a feeling he is only doing his job (performing) and not really enjoying it (which is what we all sometimes do and it’s just okay) but also trying really hard to give his attention to everyone (and there were so many who wanted it).

I watched the band quite closely last night and thought how great it is they are allowed to show some personality. I laughed so much watching Tim jumping up and down because it’s really not his usual adult, charismatic and calm style (yeah, things we do for Mika, I know). Max is even a bit mischievous and not so shy on stage any more. Felix is a good drummer and has a great sense of humor but usually keeps his cool face (seriously, I was admiring him most of the gig last night and not even half a smile?). Joy keeps low profile which is a good thing because otherwise she can take too much space but she seems to be a really nice person and always says hello and waves to the fans etc. Curtis is awesome. He is a great musician and looks like he was born on a different era than the rest of us (my English is not good enough to explain but these vintage style outfits suit him so well) and just watching his cheerful face makes me smile. A couple of pics of him below.

And that’s all this time. I might have a vid or two but it must wait until home. Maybe I’m too honest when describing the show but as you already know love him beyond words and one reason I travel this much is to see many different kind of shows and different sides of the artist. Paris next, the venue should be interesting, looking forward to it.

Mika and Italy/Italians have some kind of a special relationship and connection, don’t they? Boy he can make those Italian girls and boys scream – it’s just wild! They scream and sing along loudly and and it’s obvious he loves it. I’ve seen it several times and the same happened tonight.

A few quick words about the gig. He started with Relax (still the best choice to start with and so much better than BIOTG) but something went wrong and we couldn’t hear his voice at all (I’m not sure why, something to do with the sound). It looked he performed like a puppet at first. He was dancing but he didn’t seem to be there for real and I couldn’t help but thinking maybe three gigs without any days off and with tight schedules are simply too much? On the other hand, we had to breath some horrible, smelly and probably poisonous smoke in the queue (coming from a giant heating machine) and it made me both sick and dizzy so maybe it was me who wasn’t really there. Even Underwater was a bit disappointing: too loud and almost aggressive (Mika seemed to be pleased with the song/the audience singing it loudly though).

SITM was better. I loved the beginning and Mika and Curtis playing it together. Love Today, Drunk and EMD were all fantastic! Love Today is so good when the band is playing it strongly and Drunk is one of my personal favorites. EMD just works every time, whatever the mood. Origin was lovely and Italian fans waved heart/grazie posters they had made and he loved the surprise and smiled happily to the audience. After that he seemed to move away to somewhere else again, but you know, maybe it was just me again, the Italian crowd took the most of my attention and he didn’t much chat or make it otherwise easy to have a contact with him. However, I had a feeling he wasn’t really inside of the songs he did. He gave some good tasks to the band tonight, I loved it! During Blue Eyes Tim was actually jumping up and down. Hahah, so much fun to watch, not his usual style at all! Both Curtis and Max had some extra attention/space and I was in front of Felix so I could actually see him playing and I really enjoyed watching it. We didn’t get any extra songs in the end (no Toy Boy etc) and heard Mika was exhausted after the show. I hope he can have some rest before the two Paris shows.

Fran and I are traveling together and things are going well. Our hotel room is huge and the hotel breakfast ridiculously good. I’m tired and hungry so I’m seriously looking forward to both sleeping and eating and will write more later. LOVE meeting Italian fans. A huge thank you to everyone I met and chatted with today!

(the pic by Lubica, thanks so much for sending it!)

Mika performed at Gasometer in Vienna on the 5th of November. During the windy afternoon only a handful of us hardcore fans bothered to queue and most local fans arrived just before the doors were opened. When Tim (the guitarist) arrived and asked if anyone liked to join the choir only a couple of fans volunteered. For many fans Vienna was the only opportunity to see the show this autumn and they preferred to see it properly from the audience. I told Tim I would love to be in the choir but to tell the truth I can’t sing well enough. Tim assured that the main idea was to dance and have fun on stage and that there would be several of us and I shouldn’t worry too much so I promised to give it a try.

I’m really glad I did, I had such a great time and I enjoyed every moment! Our polkadot choir was multinational and had six members from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Finland. I knew some of the other girls in advance and we all had a lot fun together first practicing with the band and Mika, then waiting and chatting in our dressing room and eventually singing as a choir on stage.

First the band helped us to go through the songs in our dressing room and it was the first time I could spend some time with the new band and I loved how kind and supportive they all were, so humble and friendly to everyone even they are so professional and used to work with stars. Next we rehearsed on stage practicing also our dancing and moves and suddenly Mika joined us, looking a bit sleepy, so handsome and casual wearing jeans and a blue sweater.

He started to sing and we were allowed to watch the whole soundcheck on stage. This is always my favorite part, I love watching him preparing/practicing for the show (always so impressive). We met Mrs Penniman and she gave us our outfits and some good advices to help us on stage later. I admire her patience and kindness and this time she told us about the touring and asked some questions about our countries, traveling and lives in general.

We got the setlist and were told we would be on stage with Mika during eight songs singing some pre-chorus and chorus parts. Eight songs!!! It’s really something different than being on stage two minutes during one song. I enjoyed everything happening and wasn’t a bit nervous while rehearsing with Mika and the band but as I’ve always been afraid of performing in front of an audience/people my mind went totally blank during the show and I can’t remember all the details. I just did my best following Karin’s (who lead the choir) dancing because the main idea was to look like a choir and have a synchronized moves and also remembering the right parts to sing. It wasn’t so easy because we didn’t have much time to practice and as usual Mika added some surprise elements like killing us on stage (so we had to improvise falling down).

We were told in advance to smile and have a good time whatever happened and that was actually very easy because we were on stage next to Mika: I loved being there, watching the audience and being a part of the show. Mika added Toy Boy to the setlist during the show so we were able to watch it from a very close distance and I absolutely loved every second and couldn’t help but having a stupid happy smile on my face after the song. We could watch the songs we didn’t participate first from the audience and later from the side of the stage and the stage manager showed us the way back to the stage when needed.

I had to concentrate on my own singing and dancing so I couldn’t observe Mika and his performing the same way as I usually do. After the show Mrs Penniman told us that she saw this wasn’t an easy show for him (and as his mother she can surely notice these things). One of us asked later Mika if he enjoyed performing that night and he told us how every show is different. I understood this wasn’t an easy one but that he still managed to enjoy the show in the end. The audience was good and enthusiastic even the show wasn’t sold out this time and I could see the whole crowd responding him.

We waited a good while to have our moment with him after the show and eventually he came and was really, really sweet and kind and spent some time with us joking, signing our backstage stickers/setlists etc and taking pics. I wonder if he knew I was worried about my singing because he made a little bit fun of it and looked just amused and not annoyed at all and made me be feel a lot better.

He offered to take individual photos with everyone so we could have a memory of our experience and I took photos for the other girls and Karin took a photo of Mika and me. I told him it’s my first photo with him and he looked really surprised and put his arm around me and gave the camera the most adorable smile ever. Naturally my heart went all pum pa pa pum pa pa pum pa pa tadadidadidum and it was obviously so lovely that I closed my eyes. Can’t believe it, such a sweet picture and my eyes are closed! Karin took another pic and that time our eyes were open but in that one Mika looks a bit maniac (he was probably trying to keep his eyes open and not blink them, lol) and I look a bit uncomfortable (as always when on the wrong side of the camera) so I will show you the dreaming one. Hahah, at least the atmosphere is authentic; I guess I really was that embarrassingly happy. Oh, pay attention to our matching colors!

Asking fans on stage is already a tradition and gives us a feeling of being a part of the Mika world (and it’s not only about being there myself but also seeing my friends there like I did last night in Munich). The polkadot choir is again a huge work to his band, crew and family so it makes me think he genuinely appreciates his fans offering them opportunities to be on stage with him. Personally I love watching what’s happening behind the scenes, a lot of professional people but also a warm atmosphere and a huge involvement from his family (and I value seeing things like that). What a great day in many ways, thanks everyone who made it possible/so much fun!

The gig at Theaterfabrik in Munich last night was one of those small, happy Mika shows you never want to end. The atmosphere was hot (literally) and the audience bouncing and both Mika and the band were totally on fire. Even though the venue was not either fancy or stylish it was small, low and intimate and made him (and all of us) sweat so much he had to change his shirt to be able to continue. His voice was a bit tired but he was in a great mood chatting, joking and giving his attention to the crowd and the audience was dancing, jumping, singing and waving glowing hearts during Stardust, Origin, Happy Ending and Underwater. 1000 (the venue capacity) glowing hearts were prepared by the German fans and finished by our whole international fan group during the queueing. The hearts looked actually quite impressive and fit the theme so well, Mika seemed to love them and thanked for them several times.

The best part of show were all the high-energy songs (Relax, Rain, Love Today, Drunk, Celebrate and WAG) and especially Origin with the hearts but also Popular with the the fantastic Munich polkadot choir (at least Marion, Tina, Bubbles, Ruth and her husband were in) and Toy Boy added in the end. He did Toy Boy with Max like he did day before in Vienna probably because he haven’t performed it lately and can’t remember the lyrics but Max is somehow so tiny and cute and fits there perfectly.

After the show he said thanks and talked about a few songs he is going to add to the show in the future and was generally very sweet so the MFC group was first saying aww and then collectively awwwww and left home happily smiling (probably also smelling because it was such an incredibly hot night). This was my favorite gig from the tour so far but I’m not sure when I can write a proper review and I don’t have many pics or vids to share (our dancing and the heart waving project took all my attention and I wanted to just enjoy the show). Anyway, I have a lot to tell about the Vienna show in my next post and you can watch Toy Boy from Munich (with some chatting about the US election) below.

Writing only a short review but click the links to the videos I uploaded to see the atmosphere at the gig last night. Cirque Royal in Brussels looked a great venue with a good view from everywhere so Marion, Yulia and I decided to go to the lower seating area and we had a lot of fun watching the show and the reactions in the audience. It was special to see the interaction with Mika and the audience so well. The stage looked bigger than at the previous gigs I saw last week and the background had space for some more symbols: A big M, a heart, an apple, a snake and some drugs (symbolizing love as a drug I guess).

The audience was a bit sleepy at first. The Belgian crowd is known to be enthusiastic and my expectations for the audience were high. This time people warmed up a bit slower but got wilder when the show went on and in the end everything was as crazy as I had imagined in advance. Mika started with his new French song Un Soleil Mal Luné and it was a beautiful start for the show, I loved it. I didn’t realize he will start with it so it took me a while to understand what’s happening but it’s one of my favorite songs from the album and I was really happy to hear it live for the first time. Otherwise the setlist was similar as earlier. Stardust and UW were stunning but the audience woke up properly after hearing some high-energy songs like EMD and Love Today.

The highlight of the show was definitely red and white heart-shaped balloons waved by the audience (this was organized by some fans, well done you four!) and it looked fantastic during Drunk and Origin Of Love. Popular was relaxed and entertaining and it’s seriously becoming one of my favorite live songs even I didn’t like the album version as much as like the other songs. I took a few vids during the show, Origin, Drunk and Popular below. Mika wasn’t as chatty as he was in Copenhagen and he looked even a bit nervous at first but the more the crowd danced the more he seemed to enjoy the show (he had fun guiding some dance moves) and he looked almost touched because the heart sea looked so cool. I met a lot of old friends last night, thank you everyone! And I met lovely Fran for the first time, finally. It deserves a special mention.

Origin with balloons:

Drunk:

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Copenhagen, the fans, the venue

I flied to Copenhagen on Tuesday. I had randomly booked a basic hotel near the venue and just look how white, simple and lovely it was! This why I love Denmark, don’t know how they do it, but they make ordinary, everyday things look so good. I could easily live in Copenhagen and I especially love Tivoli and the Botanical garden I have visited with my family a few times.

I traveled alone and was a bit sad about it because I knew the rare people I know from Sweden/Denmark were supposed be in the polkadot choir and spend most of their day backstage. Luckily I met some great new people and Michael (Lara’s friend) and Lau (who’s girlfriend Line was in the choir) kept me company when the girls went backstage. One of the choir members had cancelled so Tim and Max had to do a quick auditioning outside the venue and it was fun to watch. They were really nice and supportive to the people singing to them and told we are all going to have a great time later even only one of the people could be chosen to the choir and I really started to look forward to the show. Vega is such a stylish venue and has an internationally famous architecture and 50’s design, see some pics here.

Mika, the show

This was one of my favorite shows! The stage setting was kept very simple, the background with only a few written words looked good. The stage looked almost a bit weird before the show started, all the instruments were in weird positions and there was a lot of empty space. Then the main lights went off, the band took their places, the show started and suddenly everything looked fantastic! I took some pics and noticed everything was in a perfect harmony. Unfortunately most of my photos are poor quality so I can’t show the setting but I realized how challenging it must be for the crew to make every stage look good because the size, height and shape all vary so much.

I managed to film Stardust and it was my favorite song in Copenhagen. I loved Lola and actually fell in love with Popular, the live version is different and much, much better than the album version! UW and Origin were both brilliant, loved them. Mika was really chatty in Copenhagen, it was so much fun to watch. I took some parts of my vids to show his chatting, see it here. The opera singing from the audience was so cool and such a funny detail, loved it!!