Gig reviews: Mika @ Atlantico, Rome 9.11.2012

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.