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  1. 31 points
    As some of you might be aware, there were some issues with the fan actions at Mika's recent Paris show. The promoter, Alias Production, contacted us just before the gig started to let us know they had heard about the proposed fan actions and they felt the large amount of paper involved would possibly create too much of a mess, causing the venue to charge an additional cleaning fee, which in turn would be passed on to Mika Fan Club -- whether MFC had organized the fan action or not. Security therefore confiscated a lot of the paper that fans were trying to bring in. Mika Fan Club does not have a budget, and I don't think any of us want to have to pay for cleaning up a concert venue! I know that many of you are in the midst of planning a variety of fan actions for Mika's upcoming shows, and that many of them involve "props" or items that could cause litter and other potential problems at the venues. So we have talked to the people at Alias, as they are the promoter at most of the upcoming French shows, asking what sort of guidelines they would like any large-scale fan actions to follow. Obviously these are recommendations from Alias, but they are probably good guidelines that any fan action, large or small, should follow. Fan Action Guidelines: Keep in mind that each venue has its own rules and regulations. Everyone and everything that enters the venue must respect security and safety guidelines, including fire safety regulations. The action should be organized by a serious and respectful group of people with a defined leader. Contact the promoter in advance and explain your idea and project with as much detail as possible. For big shows like Zeniths and Arenas shows, it’s best to reach out at least 4 weeks before the event. The earlier, the better. Having the request come from the legitimate fan club is usually the best option. The promoter will let you know if the project seems realistic and may ask you additional questions depending on your projects: for example, a full technical notice for anything with a lighting source, and paper must respect some fire safety concerns. You remain responsible for the project, financially and logistically. If the project requires some setting up before doors open, keep in mind that you will not usually be able to enter the venue early. If you are let in early, this is not an opportunity for a backstage tour or meeting Mika and the band! It would be strictly for the needs of the project. Some smaller fan actions may not require promoter approval if they don’t require any additional objects, items or logistics. However it’s best to check in beforehand just in case. Remember that even though the fan actions are fun and can really enhance the show experience, the priority remains the show itself. The promoters are happy to help with anything that comes from outside, as long as it does not disturb the setting up of the show and therefore the end result that everyone is waiting for. So, what does this all mean? Well, we ask that anyone organizing fan actions really think about what the side effects of the action will be. Will it create a huge mess of the venue that may require additional cleaning? Does it have the potential to create a fire hazard? Will it interfere with other fans' enjoyment of the show -- for example, will it block their view of their stage? Obviously, the MFC can't control what every single person does, but if you want MFC's help and want to say, "this is a Mika Fan Club approved fan action," then you will need to follow these guidelines. What I mean is, you can't say, "I'm with Mika Fan Club so I'm allowed to do this," because that's not automatically true. I realize that many of you have already made quite a few plans and that all of this may be upsetting, but because we act as Mika's "official" fan club, we want to make sure we have a good relationship with Alias and all the other promoters and venues that Mika works with. I appreciate your understanding, and am sure you will have questions so feel free to ask below or send me or one of the other moderators a private message. Thanks. THANKS TO THE MFC SUBTITLE TEAM we also have this information in Italian and French. ITALIAN Come alcuni di voi forse sanno, ci sono stati alcuni problemi con le azioni organizzate dai fan durante l’ultimo spettacolo di Mika a Parigi. Il produttore, Alias Production, ci ha contattato poco prima che il concerto iniziasse per farci sapere che avevano sentito parlare delle fan action proposte e che ritenevano che la grande quantità di carta utilizzata avrebbe creato troppi rifiuti, obbligando la sala a pagare un costo di pulizia supplementare, che sarebbe stato addebitato al Mika Fan Club, che fosse stato MFC ad organizzare le azioni oppure no. La sicurezza ha quindi confiscato gran parte dei fogli che i fan cercando di portare all’interno. Il Mika Fan Club non ha un budget e credo che nessuno di noi voglia pagare per la pulizia di una sala da concerto! So che molti di voi stanno pianificando una serie di azioni per i prossimi spettacoli di Mika, e che molte di queste implicano l’utilizzo di oggetti che potrebbero causare rifiuti e altri potenziali problemi alle sale. Abbiamo quindi parlato con le persone di Alias, in quanto sono i promotori della maggior parte dei prossimi spettacoli francesi, chiedendo che tipo di linee guida vorrebbero fossero seguite per fan action su larga scala. Ovviamente queste sono raccomandazioni di Alias, ma probabilmente sono buone linee guida che qualsiasi azione, grande o piccola, dovrebbe seguire. Linee guida: Considerate che ogni sede ha un proprio regolamento. Tutti e tutto ciò che entra deve rispettare le norme di sicurezza, comprese quelle sulla sicurezza antincendio. L'azione dovrebbe essere organizzata da un gruppo di persone serio e rispettoso con un leader definito. Contattate in anticipo il promotore e spiegate la vostra idea o il vostro progetto con quanti più dettagli possibile. Per grandi spettacoli come Zenith e arene, è bene contattarli almeno 4 settimane prima dell'evento. Prima è, meglio è. Di solito l’opzione migliore è quella di una richiesta proveniente dal fan club ufficiale. Il promotore vi farà sapere se il progetto sembra realistico e potrebbe fare domande aggiuntive a seconda del progetto: ad esempio, una scheda tecnica completa per qualsiasi oggetto abbia una fonte di illuminazione, e la carta deve soddisfare requisiti legati alle norme di prevenzione degli incendi. Rimarrete principali responsabili del progetto, finanziariamente e logisticamente. Se il progetto richiede di essere preparato sul posto prima dell’apertura delle porte, tenete presente che solitamente non sarà possibile accedere alla sala in anticipo. In caso ciò accada, questo non darà in alcun modo diritto ad un tour nei backstage o ad incontrare Mika e la sua band! Sarà strettamente legato alla realizzazione del progetto stesso. Alcune azioni più contenute potrebbero non richiedere l'approvazione del promotore se non necessitano oggetti o questioni logistiche aggiuntivi. Tuttavia, è sempre meglio verificare in anticipo, per essere sicuri. Ricordate che anche se le fan action sono divertenti e possono davvero migliorare l'esperienza dello spettacolo, la priorità rimane lo spettacolo stesso. I promotori sono felici di aiutare con tutto ciò che proviene dall'esterno, purché ciò non disturbi l’organizzazione dello spettacolo e quindi il risultato finale che tutti si aspettano. Quindi, cosa significa tutto questo? Bene, chiediamo a chiunque organizzi fan action di pensare concretamente agli effetti collaterali delle azioni stesse. Possono creare una grande quantità di spazzatura che richieda costi di pulizia aggiuntivi? Possono aumentare il rischio d’incendio? Creerà disturbo agli altri spettatori – per esempio, impedirà loro la vista del palco? Ovviamente, MFC non può controllare ciò che fa ogni singola persona, ma se volete l'aiuto di MFC e poter dire "questa è un'azione approvata dal Mika Fan Club", allora dovete seguire queste linee guida. Quello che voglio dire è che non potete dire "Sono con il Mika Fan Club, quindi mi è permesso farlo" perché non è automaticamente vero. Mi rendo conto che molti di voi hanno già pianificato alcune e che tutto ciò può essere sconvolgente, ma poiché agiamo come fan club "ufficiale" di Mika, vogliamo assicurarci di avere un buon rapporto con Alias e tutti gli altri promotori e luoghi con cui Mika lavora. Apprezzo la vostra comprensione e sono sicura che avrete delle domande, quindi sentitevi liberi di porle qui sotto di inviare a me o ad uno degli altri moderatori un messaggio privato. Grazie. FRENCH Comme certains d'entre vous savent peut-être, il y a eu des problèmes avec les « actions des fans » lors du récent spectacle de Mika à Paris. Le promoteur, Alias Production, nous a contacté juste avant le début du concert pour nous dire qu’ils étaient au courant des actions proposées par les fans et qu’ils estimaient que la grande quantité de papier utilisé pouvait créer trop de gâchis. Cela aurait obligé l’Arena à facturer des frais de nettoyage supplémentaires, qui à leur tour seraient transférés au Mika Fan Club - que le MFC ait organisé les actions ou pas. La sécurité a donc confisqué une grande partie des papiers que les fans essayaient d’introduire. Le Mika Fan Club n'a pas de budget et je pense qu'aucun d'entre nous ne veut payer pour nettoyer une salle de concert! Je sais que beaucoup d'entre vous sont en train d’organiser plusieurs actions pour les prochains spectacles de Mika, et que beaucoup d'entre eux impliquent des "accessoires" ou des objets qui pourraient causer problèmes potentiels dans les salles. Nous avons donc parlé aux gens d'Alias, car ils sont les promoteurs de la plupart des spectacles français à venir, pour leur demander quel type de directives ils aimeraient que les actions des fans à grande échelle suivent. Évidemment, ce sont des recommandations d'Alias, mais ce sont probablement des bonnes directives que toute action, grande ou petite, devrait suivre. Lignes directrices: Gardez à l'esprit que chaque site a ses propres règles et règlements. Tout le monde et tout ce qui entre sur le site doit respecter les directives de sécurité et de sûreté, y compris les règles de sécurité incendie. L'action doit être organisée par un groupe de personnes sérieux et respectueux avec un leader défini. Contactez le promoteur à l'avance et expliquez votre idée et votre projet avec autant de détails que possible. Pour les grands spectacles comme ceux dans Zeniths et Arenas, il est préférable de prendre contact au moins 4 semaines avant l'événement. Le plus tôt est le mieux. La meilleure option est généralement une demande provenant du fan club officiel. Le promoteur vous fera savoir si le projet semble réaliste et pourra vous poser des questions supplémentaires en fonction de vos projets: par exemple, un avis technique complet pour tout ce qui a une source d'éclairage, et tout papier doit respecter certaines règles liés au risque incendie. Vous restez responsable du projet, financièrement et logistiquement. Si le projet nécessite une mise en place avant l'ouverture des portes, gardez à l'esprit que vous ne pourrez généralement pas entrer à l’avance. Si vous êtes admis avant l’ouverture des portes, ceci ne vous donnera pas occasion de faire un tour dans les coulisses ou de rencontrer Mika et son groupe ! Ce serait strictement pour la réalisation du projet. Certaines actions plus contenues peuvent ne pas nécessiter l'approbation du promoteur si elles ne nécessitent pas d'objets ou de logistique supplémentaires. Cependant, il est préférable de s’informer à l'avance au cas où. N'oubliez pas que même si les actions des fans sont amusantes et peuvent vraiment améliorer l'expérience du spectacle, la priorité reste le spectacle lui-même. Les promoteurs sont heureux d'aider avec tout ce qui vient de l'extérieur, tant que cela ne perturbe pas la mise en place du spectacle et donc le résultat final que tout le monde attend. Alors, qu'est-ce que tout cela veut dire ? Eh bien, nous demandons à quiconque organise des actions de fans de réfléchir vraiment aux effets secondaires. Créeront-elles une grande quantité de gâchis qui pourrait nécessiter un nettoyage supplémentaire ? Peuvent-elles créer un potentiel risque en matière d’incendie ? Peuvent-elles gêner les autres spectateurs – par exemple bloqueront-elles leur vision de la scène ? Evidemment, le MFC ne peut pas contrôler ce que fait chaque personne, mais si vous voulez l'aide du MFC et que vous voulez dire, "cela est une action de fan approuvée par le Mika Fan Club", alors vous devrez suivre ces directives. Ce que je veux dire, c'est que vous ne pouvez pas dire "Je suis avec le Mika Fan Club, donc je suis autorisé à le faire" parce que ce n'est pas automatiquement vrai. Je me rends compte que beaucoup d'entre vous ont déjà fait pas mal de plans et que tout cela peut être bouleversant, mais parce que nous agissons en tant que fan club "officiel" de Mika, nous voulons nous assurer d'avoir de bonnes relations avec Alias et tous les autres les promoteurs et salles avec lesquels Mika travaille. J'apprécie votre compréhension et je suis sûre que vous aurez des questions, donc n'hésitez pas à les poser ci-dessous ou à envoyer un message privé à moi ou à l'un des autres modérateurs. Merci
  2. 26 points
    Hi all! Wanted you all to know that we are looking at ways to improve the Mika Fan Club website -- we're 13 years old and we need a makeover! Well, maybe not a HUGE makeover, but we think there are lots of little things we can do to make things better around here. In addition, Invision, which hosts MFC and is the software that the site uses, will be releasing a new version with a number of improvements soon. So you might be noticing some changes to some things -- nothing major, don't worry! For one thing, we've made some tweaks to our home page here: https://www.mikafanclub.com/index.html/ We have a News Blog there now, which we'll try to keep updated with the latest big news of the day. And we'll also try to add more photos there as well. Also, we've given the MFC Subtitling Team's videos a little more visibility by adding a special tab along the top of the main menu you see across the top of every page in the dark gray bar. That link will take you directly to the Subtitling Team's thread and all of their fantastic translated and subtitled videos, making it easier for you to find them. Stasera Casa Mika, the latest Mika interviews and television appearances, all just one click away! We have a few other changes in mind that we'll be implementing in the next few months, and we're also open to any ideas/suggestions you might have. (Yes, we know, you want an app -- we're looking into it!) Let us know what you think!
  3. 26 points
    Têtu interview in English Mika I wanted to love men freely Interview Romain Burrel Photos Jules Faure Stylist Nicolas Dureau We hadn't seen him in a long time. Mika takes advantage of his new album, My name is Michael Hoolbrook to speak freely about sex, show business and politics. And he speaks loudly. It's difficult to escape Mika. It's quite simple, the singer is everywhere. In a talent show on TF1, in commercials, in the evening news, in the subway. Omnipresent to the point of becoming invisible. Conscious of the fact that he might blend into the background, the singer understood he had to go back to music, setting all other matters aside. But twelve years after his first album and after six seasons of The Voice, does Mika still has things to say? Causes to defend? enough music in him? Yes to all three. His new album is also the best since Life in Cartoon Motion. This CD which is soberly called My name is Michael Holbrook (the real name of the British singer) as a promise of transparency. Because actually there are two Mikas. The one who doesn't know how to say no to a prime time TV show, obsessed by the idea of being a popular artist. And the one who wants to be a respected songwriter. During those last years, the face of pop music has changed, pushing to the front of the stage a whole generation of openly queer singers with sharp songs and versed into the socials. At the age of 36 the singer now feels on his neck the breath of Years and Years, Christine and the Queens or Troye Sivan. They all seem indifferent to the fact that when Mika came out to the American magazine Instinct in 2012, Mika and others as well of course, opened the way, rolling out the red carpet to a rainbow pop music and to the top of the charts. The singer has already ten years of career and he also took a few blows, but he is still ready to kick as he is proving in this wild interview in which he answered to questions with a rare and pleasant openess. Q: It's been a while since we hadn't talked about music together. If we wanted to see you, you were on TV in The Voice. Didn't you feel like singing anymore? A: My music requires great determination. I am not the kind of artist who can go and buy songs in one place or another. Even if it has become the truth in that business. Today records are made by boards with 14 accredited writers. And there is the record company in the USA, in France, in England...and all these people decide on what will be on the album. As for me, I write my songs. And I need to feel a full commitment. This feeling had shifted away from my daily life, it is true. For this record, I had to recover my colors, my spirit and a certain candor. I needed to step back. Q: Was TV too time consuming? A: TV shows are expensive to make, so they are made in a short span of time. I record a certain number of shows during a very intense period, and then they are aired over several weeks. I didn't realize that I was omnipresent. But I wanted to go back to the only thing that really gives me a sense of value: music. If I had let TV take over music, it would have changed me. I would have become more smooth. And it is something that terrifies me. Artists are like lovers. They have to be honest. I am extremely conscious of the very hard truth of my work. The only was to stay fresh is to stay involved, to evolve. I want to stay curious, but : On this album, we discover another Mika, almost activist. For exemple in Sanremo video, you disclose homophobia... A: The video depicts Italy at the end of the sixties, when being homosexual was not criminal, but where intolerance was very strong, with terrible consequences: you could lose your family, your job, you had to live a double life. You were exposed to hatred, to betrayal. I wanted to tell about that history which took place not so long ago and whose stigma still persist today. The week before the video was released, Sanremo mayor was saying everywhere how proud he was that I had dedicated a song to his city. Then the video was released. I don't know what he thought about it. ( He bursts into laughter) I don't like to make promotional videos but I figured as long as I'm doing one, it might as well tell something. What's the point of being stubborn if a 17 years old American girl can do an extremely efficient pop music video? I'm thinking about Billy Eilish - who I love. It's very pop, it's not a fake grunge produced by Dr Luke. The new generation is more genuine and less Kardashian Pop, today is Swedish people writing for Disney Club people. It can be seen as fabulous - and I'm the first who likes the melodies - but that kind of pop has nothing to say. Q: Can a popstar who gets involved make a difference? A: An individual can make the difference. Who cares if I'm a pop star? I have a certain voice, but it doesn't count more than another. It is the same when I talk openly about the couple I am in. I have been with the same guy for thirteen years. Through love, I found the trust to come out. First to my mother, who had always known it and who didn't give a care. To my sisters, for whom it was a lot more difficult to accept that I was gay. To my friends as well. And within an industry that was harassing me to do it for the sake of the media. My coming out made me stronger. It allows me to go and do concerts in countries that however are intolerant about my sexuality. Q:In a recent interview, you were telling about journalists who had put pressure on you for you to come out.... A: It was atrocious. I felt stalked. I feel chasing people to force them to come out is very old fashioned. Today the concept of fluidity is better understood and also the idea that things take time. That what you express through your sexual awakening also has a value. And it's not because at one point in hid career an artist is not ready yet to label himself sexually that what he lives is a lie. Following him to rip an intimate truth out off him, that is gross. All those people care about is the media impact and money, they couldn't care less about the human being. Q: Was life difficult for you at that time? A: I was mostly disappointed. I wanted to go on my journey to reach peace with myself. I wanted to be able to love men freely and express this desire I have always had in me. I understood I was gay as early as my eight year! When a gay media went and interviewed Jimmy Sommerville and Patrick Wolf so they would make comments about my sexuality, I felt a deep disillusion towards people that I admire however: "You craddled my teenage years. You have shaped my desire and inspired this balance that I'm seeking to reach each day of my life. And there, you judge me whereas you don't even know me?" I am not mad at them. It was the contest that I found despicable. I don't think they were spiteful. Except maybe Patrick Wolf. Today, if I am totally open about being gay, it doesn't mean I will try to give lessons to others. Q: In "Blue" you sing "blue is a feminine color". It is in order to piss off French right wing people who demonstrate against gay mariage and gay family? (La Manif pour tous) A: Totally! Things are not binary. I think formal labels of sexuality are old ideas. But that doesn't mean we must stop defending homosexuality and trans people. It's an exemple of the kind of political involment you can afford when you are a popular star. Q: On the record, there is also Ice Cream, a very erotic song in which you tell about your irrepressible desire to suck d****... A: Totally. But with a naive spirit. It's a wink to Lollipop in my first album. Back then, many people had not understood the lyrics: " Sucking too hard on your lollipop or love is gonna get you down" (laughs) It is a sexual song like "Les sucettes" by France Gall which I love. (Lollipops by Serge Gainsbourg) At a gig, the audience doesn't always know the meaning of the lyrics. And I must confess I find it fun. It's good to talk freely. Why would only straight people be allowed to talk about their wife or their husband? Why can't we talk about sex? As for me, the first time I slept with a boy, it was a disaster! Humiliating! I was 15 years old - I think - and I didn't understand anything. People should said more often that gay sex is not easy. Now it makes me laugh, but it wasn't always the case! It should be possible to talk about it. Q: There is a song called Dear Jealousy. Is it in your nature to be jealous? A: I am insanely jealous. Even paranoïd. You know I live a rich life, but life is always s*** with me. I am always between two planes and three countries. I always have something to say, always a story to steal into my relatives intimate life tp put it into my songs. It creates a stress. It's really not easy to live with someone like me. That's why I am extremely grateful to Andy (his partner) There isn't a "dark" Mika. But there is Mika the fighter. I want to defend my point of view. I get infuriated on my own. I never yield, never. It's exhausting. Q: Is it easy to be faithful? When you are a pop star it's hell to be chased all the time by girls and boys, isn't it? A: With Andy, we trust each other. Our relationship was born in atypical circumstances. Just before I met him, I was in a very short but very intense relationship with a guy from Northern Ireland. A character of Trainspotting. Very handsome. We were breaking up all the time. I was crazy about him, but he was not at all crazy about me. (Laughs) It is very cruel to live with a guy who has very high highs and very low lows, who takes drugs and so on...It was very hard on me. One night he went totally mad and he threw me out at 4 AM. I was in my boxers in the area of Shepherd Bush in London and he threw my belongings through the window. I was in such a state of shock that I vomited. I had imagined such a movie about the two of us in my head. The next day, I order a beer in a little pub and Andy was there. We start talking. We get on well. He lived outside of London so I offered him to get him to Victoria station in a taxi. When we were about to say good bye, he says to me: -"I want to stay with you."-"Do you mean tonight?" - "No for life." I wasn't interested at all. As for him, he was totally convinced. Andy believed in our story for the two of us. Q: Where you going out in gay London at night? A: Of course. As soon as I turned 14, I hang around at night in the gay area. At Earl's Court, I went to school. And in Soho, there were the gay bars, the prostitutes, people who told me how to manage the night. There was this wonderful nightclub, l'Astoria. All the balloons and the confettis at my gigs are inspired by the end of the evenings in Astoria. I knew the guys at the door and I never paid. From time to time they waited to get their reward and I had to escape before giving it to them! This shaped my teenage years. In the day I sang Schubert, Brahms at Westminster School, at night I went out. My first songs were born from this: Love Today, Grace Kelly. Q: Do you have friends among openly gay stars? A: Not really. I find we deeply lack a sense of community. At any rate one thing is sure I don't belong to EltonJohn gang... (He stays silent for a while and smiles mischeavously) But, thanks to instagram, artists start talking together. Since several weeks we talk everyday Sam Smith and I. However we never met physically. The only one I listen to is Ian McKellen. He has helped me a lot. I call him "my London grandma." (Laughs) I often phone him to ask for his advice. At the beginning of my career, he told me: "One day you will realize that your sexual preferences are not only relegated to your bedroom, they are a background for inspiration that will open many friendships. Not only to gay or bi friends, but also heterosexual friends who love life." He was right. One day I called him to tell him I had been given the medal of chevalier des arts et des lettres. He told me: "oh my dear, don't be so vulgar! Listen, I have all the medals. You have to wear them with pride, but inside your jacket. Q: Not long ago you were invited at the Elysée. Do you have time to give to messages to politicians when you meet them? A: I try. But when you talk with a man like Emmanuel Macron, you're talking to a professional politician.This is not the kind of meeting that will win a positive decision. Yet you have to do it all the same. The experience that marked me the most in my adult life is when I went to visit a shelter for young LGBT+ refugees in Beirut. They came from Irak, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria. While listening to their stories I understood their sufferings. In the world, there are more than 70 countries where men homosexuality is illegal, punished by death, corporal punishments or total discrimination. If it is found out that you are gay, you can lose everything in a day. And it is a reality in countries that sometimes have strong links with France, like Algeria, Marocco or Lebanon too. This last one is important for me, because this is where I have my roots. I am uprooted, but I know my privileges. Q: Should France do more for LGBT+ migrants? A: I think we forget the humanity of those people. We have to tell their stories. So that refugees don't become statistics. Because today, we have so much information about people who died in trucks, about people locked in cages and so on...Can we tell the truth about Kadhafi? That he got money from many developped countries to secure the fronteers and prevent refugees from coming to Europe? Those I met in Beirut had all ages - there was a gay man who was 65 and a young trans girl who was 15. All of them were rejected by their families, chased by extremists, betrayed by their friends, their country - but also by the country in which they seeked asylum - thrown into the street by landlords who didn't want "freaks." So where do they go those people? They are perfect to be used by prostitution or smugglers rings. They have no money, no support, no political protection...They don't exist. We have to tell their stories to give them back their humanity. @Kumazzz .
  4. 25 points
    Electric energy in Brooklyn tonight! Mika is so comfortable in his skin and in his songs, and he shared that with us tonight. Some thoughts in no particular order: In the intro, there is a recording of Mika talking all about love: how love created the universe, and lit up the sun, and how the sun created all of us with its yellow light. During this recording the band is all on stage waiting, and you don't see Mika at all, and then he just runs on all at once! Red! Suit! Frilly! Shirt! CURLS!!! And Velcro Shoes???? Dear Jealousy was the second song he played (I think) -- beforehand, he talked for a bit about he hasn't been on tour in four years, and he is starting something new. To start something new, you have to start with new music, and this song was acknowledging something new...basically, how he is a "jealous bastard." 😂 Crowd reaction was great, it felt like everyone around me was either familiar with the song or caught on really quickly. The venue itself had great sound, high ceilings, and a very wide stage that meant a lot of people could get close. Mika did a good job of walking back and forth and giving energy to every corner of the room. Mika was really hamming it up, saying "this song is for my aunties..." he named all of the aunties, some of whom were here tonight, and his mother. Then he said "you'll see why I'll be getting 56 slaps in the face when you find out what song this is" -- then launched into Big Girl. The gig was also RECORDED, which was at first apparent because of the team with the huge camera who walked around filming for most of the concert. Mika also mentioned the name of an accomplished sound engineer who reached out to him about turning a show on this tour into a live album. Mika was saying he's never dropped a live album before! So this was the show that's going to be mixed into an album. When we were leaving the venue, they opened up the side door and you could see into what looked like all the sound engineers mixing right there. Setlist was almost the same as last night, with the omission of Sanremo Lots of LICM songs tonight, followed by TOOL. Plus all the new stuff! Funny, because I think those were the two albums he toured most on in the U.S. so it makes sense to stick within those tracklists. Sofia (not sure of MFC handle) gave Mika a cool jacket (I have photos below) with embroidery and patches that were relevant to the tour. He put it on and it fit perfectly! The renditions of the older songs are some of the best I've seen. Lollipop and Love Today really stand out. Lollipop, they start with a bit of a dueling pianos soundfest that resolves into what the crowd eventually recognizes as Lollipop. He had a spiel beforehand about how his mom told him to avoid the girl next door, but she didn't need to worry about the girl next door...it was the boy next door! Love Today he had the balcony and the floor wave at each other, then told us all to close our eyes and dance our hearts out because no one cares how you look. Encore was GK and a Tiny Love reprise that ended with Mika riffing off the theme of getting and staying high on a tiny love. He said "stay high!" as the last message before he went off stage. The new tracks were great, though the sound made Blue a little difficult to understand. Technically it is a very challenging song, and Mika sings most of it solo with very basic accompaniment. Very cool to see it live, and I'm looking foward to hearing it a couple more times. TOMORROW is a CLASSIC already, the chorus is so catchy and cleverly timed -- it's just doing what Mika does best: clever lyrics, interesting melody, timing that's a little different. He gave us the intro, that this song is about being "15 cm" away from someone in the back of an old Mercedes Benz and making a mistake that you may or may not regret. Pink is the color of sin. Especially when you grow up as a Catholic boy -- because pink is also the color of passion. He used this intro to talk about Origin of Love. This kind of comment is touching to see as a fan who has followed him for so long. He's so much more comfortable in his own skin and sexuality, and open in expressing that. One of the great joys of following Mika over the years is seeing him grow and process this part of his identity through music, and being able to process alongside him. He's come a long way. Show ended around 10:30pm, Mika came out around 11:30pm to sign. There was a big crowd and he must have spent about 20 minutes talking, taking photos, and autographing with everyone. He really made his way around the crowd and took time to talk to those who were at the front. Several times during the concert, he had mentioned how he hasn't been here in four years. So it seems he's making the time to get to know his fans over here. We are lucky! Some photos:
  5. 22 points
    Hello, everyone! Just a quick report from Cloud Nine -- that's where I am on this morning after the amazingness that was last night! Yes, I am fangirling big time! You'll see some of my photos on my Instagram @dcdeb52 and on the MFC's Insta and stories @mikafanclub Lighting was pretty awful for photos from where I was standing -- at times I felt like *I* was in the spotlight more than Mika! Anyhow, the show was absolutely amazing. Yes, I'm a fan, I'm supposed to say that, but Mika was overflowing with joy last night and it spilled out onto all of us. He was so happy to be in NYC and on stage again, it was infectious. So many new songs on the setlist -- and 18 songs altogether, so a nice show, which was over way too soon. Highlights of the evening for me: Hearing Jealousy, Tomorrow, and Blue for the first time -- and hearing him explain a little bit where these songs came from. Fantastic version of Happy Ending -- but has he ever done a bad version of this lovely song? Tiny Love live in person was... I hate to use the word amazing again, but it was. So so so good. His voice... and the different segments of the piece come together so beautifully. I really can't say enough about it. Finally, my personal favorite moment. During Sanremo, I had to stop taking photos -- I just FEEL it so much. I really love all of the new songs, but Sanremo speaks to me in a special way. I ❤️ it. And I ❤️ our pop star. Very much. Gorgeous, talented and very, very sweet. Makes me realize just why I've been here for the past 12 years. Afterward, we waited a little more than an hour before Mika finally came out -- he posed for some photos and signed some things, and very kindly took a group photo with some of us from the MFC. Special shout out to my Italian and French friends who were looking out for me. And another shout out to all the international fans there -- it's amazing to me what a diverse and friendly community we have here. Thank you all! Looking forward to tonight even more, now that I know what to expect! See you there!
  6. 21 points
    I have never been able to write a report before as this was my first Mika event but i can write one now! i arrived at the venue kinda late - around 6:40 in the afternoon- because of traffic in London. It took us a while to find the correct line but we found it eventually. There were a few people trying to buy tickets from people in the queue and i was looking out for some friends i was hoping to meet that i had been speaking to on twitter. i was very nervous in London, because my shirt and bowtie kinda made me stand out and London isnt the safest city in the world. My friend Blake who was with me grew up a Londoner so we knew that we had to stare at the ground and not make eye contact with people as that is whats expected in london. When i joined the queue i put my trans pin badge on ( i put it on sideways and my mate had to fix it in the venue later. The line to get in was moving pretty quickly at 7:00. It was a bit gross because the standing line had to stand next to rubbish bags in a dodgy alleyway, but i was too excited to care. Some MFC members handed us a piece of paper with “we missed you” and cardboard hearts to be held up after the first song and tiny love. The venue was already pretty full when we got in. I didnt really get a good view of the stage and only got a brief glimpse of Mika a few times, but i did get to watch Zuleika dancing up on a balcony with some other people who looked vaguely familar and Mikas nephew. I think the rest of Mikas family was there but i couldnt see them. Im kinda glad i wasnt at the front though because someone on twitter told me there was fighting and I definitly wouldn't want to be involved with that o_O Mika’s voice was FANTASTIC. You can really hear the benefit of those high notes. I was screaming along to every song and i started losing my voice by the second song. I completely lost it at “We are Golden” and also had to take my asthma inhaler because i LOVE that song so i was extra loud for that song. There was a lot of mentions of some guy who broke up with Mika in the alleyway behind Shepard’s Bush. Mika said he was still bitter about it years later which I thought was really funny. Poor mika. Even though i couldn’t really see Mika, i still had lots of fun. The setlist was fantastic, his voice was fantastic. My friend Blake has a crush on Max, who he describes as “beautiful”. Mika ran off stage and returned wearing his grandmothers shirt and i honestly wasn't surprised. I looked up at Zuleika and she was laughing. Near the end, all the lights went off and everyone was screaming and shouting “Mika” and he came on and sung Grace Kelly, Tiny Love reprise and Stay high. My parents could hear both Mika and the crowd singing from halfway down the street and could even tell us some of the songs that were played because we were a bit loud. i stayed behind a bit at the end to meet one of my mates from Italy who I was giving some PG tips teabags too, and then we had to drive back home. I didnt get back in until gone 2:00 in the morning so i had to leave my review until today. This show was one of the happiest experiences of my life. If mika does another London show I definitly want to get tickets, and i cant wait to see the videos from the rest of the Tour
  7. 20 points
    Hello everybody 😊 Here the live from today 26.04.2020 😉😘 #CookingWithMika mikainstagram_94638413_572510433381070_6432242854709428224_n.mp4
  8. 19 points
    Aww that story about him and Andy! Quick summary: Mika came out of a bad relationship with that guy who threw him out at 4am in Shepherd's Bush, the story he told in London. The next day, he met Andy in a pub, and when they separated, Andy told him he wants to spend the rest of his life with him. Mika wasn't interested, but Andy believed in it so much that it was enough for both of them. Well done Andy!! When I read some of Mika's answers, I think Andy must have really strong nerves to stay with Mika for all those years! Seems Mika knows what he has in him though. Makes me very happy to know they have each other!
  9. 19 points
    My first gig! I guess I picked a killer one too. All the lovely people I met said Mika just had so much extra energy tonight and it was definitely for the live DVD. I was in the front row so I was definitely filmed for that, look out guys... I have never been to such an incredible show. Like it not just because I love Mika so much, he just put on such a great performance and the crowd echoed the energy right back. It was ecstatic. It was more than I was hoping for. I was a complete mixture of emotions all day, and it all came to a boiling point when Mika came to the stage door greet some of us. There were probably 100 people outside and I knew I probably wouldn't get to see him because I was nowhere near the front. I eventually manuvered myself to the second row of an area where it wasn't as congested, but it didn't seem hopeful and I understood that. I started crying because he was just like... There and a moment I couldn't even dream of happening when I was so much younger was literally like unfolding before my eyes. I also think I am a little emotionally unstable right now because I'm just struggling with mental health issues too. But that's another reason why Mika and his music mean so much to me, its helped me pull through the absolute hell I've had to go through through the years to even get to where I am today and be the person I am today. It's just something you cannot thank someone enough for. The fact that I was crying caught some people around me's attention (I think they were Italian, if you see this thank you! I was too much of a mess to remember that) and they successful grabbed Mika's attention and pointed at me. Mika walks up to me and asks "now, why are you crying?" And I start rambling like the crazy lady I am, I think he was a little taken aback by it but whatever, and tell him pretty much I've been a fan for a long time and I want to thank him for his music because it got me through so much and I'm sorry because you probably hear this a lot. At this point I'm sobbing, he's looking at me like he doesn't know what to say or do and thinking wow I really need new antidepressants because these don't stabilize mood at all anymore. He says something along the lines of that's very sweet and I go in for a hug and then I hear an audible "awww" from the immediate crowd around us. It was so incredible. I'm just to blessed to have had that opportunity to speak with him and tell him that because... How many people get to thank their favorite musician or someone inspiring for them? Thank you, Mika. I'm sorry if I scared you. Here is my Google album from the gig, please enjoy. I filmed quite a few songs that are in here too. https://photos.app.goo.gl/kBjF2G64cpo4UrNx6
  10. 18 points
    So I fixed google translation : My mother's obsession: that I am the best. She's always afraid of others pulling me down " An interview with Marc-Olivier Fogiel MIKA Marc-Olivier Fogiel. In your new album, "My Name is Michael Holbrook", your name in the civil registry, your mother sings. She appears on the cover, appears in the clip "Tiny Love" and in photo on stage ... Why is she so present? Mika. My mother built me. She had in mind a "destination" and she told herself that I had to reach it at all costs. Today, I am grateful to her. This need to recognize her sacrifice and the intensity of our bond, I had not felt before. Your mother wanted to save you? She saved me. For her, I had a lot of qualities but that put me a little at risk. She always told me, "Either you'll be successful and you'll be happy, or you'll have a lot of problems." It's strange to hear your mother say that when you're a child. There was no alternative. Hence a huge pressure. How did she say that to you? In a sweet or in a tough way? Tough. But at the same time with a kind of duality. Because, on the other hand, she was extremely tender, maternal, protective. I was fired from school, I truly had problems. Instead of becoming a victim, I had to work and grow up much faster. Did you understand then that it was for your good? It seemed unfair to me. Why did I have to do three hours of music a day while my sisters were not? How many times have I been unable to sing for half an hour straight because I was just crying! She forced me, "I'm staying here until you stop, you're going to sing me that song right now without crying." Today, you speak of a need to thank her ... I would have been terribly wrong not to pay a tribute to her while she is still alive, by my side. One of the first songs I wrote for this album is "Tiny Love": it talks about surpassing oneself, about going as high as we can with the means we have to give ourselves the feeling of having value. And that's what my mother taught me. By the time I finished "Tiny Love", she learned she had a serious heart problem. She had to be operated on within 24 hours. The same evening, I was on a plane to join her in Dubai. As I sat down beside her, I felt invaded by a form of chaos linked to this coincidence; the day I finished this song, the disaster happened. I thought, "What if the operation went wrong?" Well, it went well, but there were complications. My mother was bedridden with gaping wounds on her legs. Yet she wanted to fight, because her heart had not stopped. She decided to walk again and do everything to get there. She was supposed to draw the costumes for a TV show I was showing in Milan. I formally forbid her to come. Now, the day of the first rehearsal, in Italy, she shows up! In a wheelchair, accompanied by a nurse and one of my sisters. And she said to me, "Here, I came to work." Even sick, she could not help but accompany you? Even if it was less present, she took risks ... I thought: my mother goes through hardships, life is difficult, so I'm going to dedicate myself to writing. I want to make a beautiful album, a kind of medicine, not only for me but for my family. Something that warms the heart. because you were touched in the heart? Because I was touched by the fragility of life. Have you thought of the worst? If anything happened to my mother, if I lost her, I was afraid of not being able to work. I would have said to myself: "It was me who hurt her by exhausting her, I killed her." She is begged to stop and she takes a plane to cross the world. For who? For me. How would you define your links? Very, very intense. It can ignite quickly. When people hear us, they are often shocked by our harshness: it is honesty because there is nothing to hide. But it's always guided by love. Your mother finally recovered from her heart problems ... Yes, and she said to me, "Now I'm changing my hips, so I will not be in a wheelchair anymore and I can follow you on the next tour." She does it for you or for her? She wanted to continue working. Being mobile was very important. And everything is going well. Life goes on. Until this summer 2018. I wrote half of the album and we find a house in Italy, we set up a studio. She comes to see how it goes. I notice that she is a little hard with me, not too much, just a little. But hey, I keep going Following my birthday, we are meeting in a hotel in Sardinia. And I realize that she is very worried, very tired. My sisters are wondering too. I'm leaving for a concert. T hey make her have examinations. After the scan, I get a message: there is a big mass in her brain and I must immediately go back to Milan. There begins this new phase, this new fight. She has a brain tumor ... A very important tumor. That's why she had this strange behavior. We decided to have her operated at La Pitié-Salpêtrière. We are told that she is suffering from an extremely aggressive brain cancer. From that moment, the life, the album, everything is paused. My sisters, my brother, my father and I, we put ourselves in a bubble, we hide. After the operation, we go back to this little house in Italy. We close the door and stay together. Then the chemotherapy begins in France. And there, life must resume. My life must resume. Does this mean that you continued to create as the earth collapsed? Yes, I realized how much she was a big part of my foundation ... I did not know that much before. I then I stop working a little, I take a step back. But one morning I get an e-mail from my mother, who says [silence]: "You do not answer me. You judge all my interventions around your work displaced. You're wrong. Who more than me cares about your success? I'm old now, about to die from a brain tumor, but all I can tell you is that none of this I do for myself. All I wish is that you always stay the best. I never taught you to be trivial. Now, today, I fear that you are under too much pressure that pulls you to banality. It leads to anonymity and self-satisfaction. Talk to me before it's too late. Why do not you take the time to come see me"? How did you react? It was crazy, was not it? I got into a black rage. Through my restraint, I showed her my affection, my respect. A few days later, I realized that this fury that I felt was not directed against her but against me, because I was wrong. I realized that it was the same process as when she provoked me so that I could make it through when I was 10. Rather than compose, you did not need to spend more time with her, enjoying her presence? Me, I thought about today, and my mother was terrified by tomorrow. Not for her, for me, and for us, for the family. She thought that the effect of her illness on the people she loves, this pause, this time that was devoted to her rather than the construction of the future, was terrifying. And you started working again? It compelled me to throw myself into the emotion rather than confining myself to this kind of misplaced modesty. It compelled me to be as authentic as possible. She came to "The Voice", we saw you at a Christian Louboutin party. she was there, solid, beautiful. Normally, with this disease, it's impossible ... She is in her sixth chemotherapy session and is working on the tour, on styling. She goes out, goes to the opera, to the theater ... My mother absolutely wants to live life to the fullest. And it's dangerous. This disease causes a lot of discomfort. It's very risky for the brain and the heart. We are trying to calm her, but she absolutely wants to go out. She is impossible to stop. Did you get this energy from her? She inspires me. The starting point of the album is the illness of my mother and the whirlwind of anxieties and emotions that resulted. It put us in a sort of urgency: we have to create. In fact, she asked you to become an adult . Have you become in two years? We become adults when we are faced with the fear of losing someone. At that moment, one is obliged to open one's eyes, to open one's heart. This can happen at age 15, it can happen at age 60. This transformation means that we inevitably stop relying on others. On the contrary, it is the others who can rely on us. And that's the point where you at now? Yes, we are here now. Your album exudes gaiety, yet your sister Paloma, who was born with a disability and then miraculously survived a fall in 2010, sings too. And we guess other dramas ... [Silence.] Yes, indeed, dramas that threatened to further destabilize my family and cause even more sadness for my mother. In the face of these catastrophes, we have always refused to allow ourselves to be defeated. On the contrary, we have become even stronger. It's all your story ... Our family was built on this spirit of resistance, reinvention against loss, destruction. My mother calls this " blooming, flowering ". This summer, I was about to deliver the final recording of the album, it was my birthday and I decided to take a three-day vacation. I'm in the car, on the road to my hotel, when she calls me furiously: "You did not want to be with me because it's hard to be with me! Did not you think it would be nice to come back for your birthday"? "I say angrily, " I just wanted a break. Why are you doing this to me"? We fight, I get to the hotel, I go up to my room. She had it filled with nine bunches of flowers! I find a drawing of my flowered head and a little letter in which she wrote: "Remember, may your head always bloom." So what… I am filled with joy. I call her back... she does not answer. I insist. My sister responds, yells, gives the phone to my father who puts the speaker on and says, "Talk to your mother, talk to your mother". She was having a stroke. And I, rather than being there, by her side, I'm in my room, trying to thank her, to calm her. We reassured her, we hospitalized her. When I hung up, I looked at all these flowers ... All day she had only thought of these flowers. That day, I made the decision never to react impulsively again. Because now, in our relationship, the slightest gesture counts. The next morning, I made the final recording and told myself it was a good thing to have her sing it. Why ? Because I gave her all her power . I put in the light this woman from the shadows. When we know that she recorded this passage just three weeks after her brain surgery and the day before the start of her chemotherapy sessions, we realize that she has the power. She has the last word, her and my sister Paloma. They are similar. How important is it for you to speak about it the way you're doing it? The only things that matters in life are the people we love and the stories we tell about them. In the old days, I was discreet when I talked about intimate questions. Now, I understand that these difficult things must be tackled and made into beautiful things. In the song "Paloma", there are these two lines: "I found you fighting in the darkness" "And there was beauty in that too". It seems incredible: where is the beauty in someone dying? And yet, I promise you there is beauty. A horrible beauty, wild, murderous, but beauty anyway. There is also beauty in your mother's illness ... And there is also beauty in the way our family, and my mother in particular, manages such a frightening situation. When you project yourself, are you still afraid? [Silence.] Yes, it's inevitable. But this fear, I compensate with a feeling of liberating gratitude for the love of life that the disease has injected into our family. Is it complicated for your companion to find a place in the middle of all this? Andy has a very strong relationship with my mother. It was with him that I revealed my homosexuality to my family. We were sitting in the kitchen. My mother said to me: "In the end, what difference does it make? I always knew it. If you did not know it, that's your problem". [Laughs] There was a moment when Andy and I separated briefly. And she fought for two months to bring him back. The album is called "my Name Is Michael Holbrook". We could add "Son of Joannie and Michael", right? Yes, I am Mika, son of Joannie and Michael. And I'm proud to be part of this lineage. Interview Marc-Olivier Fogiel https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Z_nSrn7owWV4HO_FqJFqdJpXcOMd5Yvc3zLjLX7WMeo/edit?usp=drivesdk
  11. 17 points
    Sooo long night 😂 Missed the last tube up north so ended in a random Uber with a rather crazy driver 😂 Me and my boyfriend got there about 11:30am and join the normal queue as we didn’t know if we’d have a priority line. No one offered to “hand in a number” or what so ever to us. About an hour later security came in to organize people around and separate standing/ balcony/ priority. As I knew I am with O2 I joined the priority. Most of the ladies there did not have the right of being in priority as they didn’t meet criteria, but at no point you saw me complaining or reporting people. Even the girl who was nr1 understood. We froze, we drink way too much tea and we waited... and what a wait. Door open, we ran like cray cray and got to the front row, was about the third person getting there. This girl on my side was taking the space of 2 to save space for her friends. When the whole group got there they all sat on the floor taking space for everyone else. They asked if I could move from my rather good space for her friends and of course I said no 🙄 at this point everyone starts getting pissy as they are requested to get up to make space for everyone, they started insulting me and more people around me that were alone because we used the priority queue, they started pushing me to kick me out of the front row. I was just questioning myself why would you do such thing when you don’t know who’s around you, I do understand several languages and I can assure you the things those ladies where saying is not appropriated what so ever. Also it’s not very polite to go on Twitter bitchy about other people with lies and understatements. Please everyone grow a bit and act your age, we are all there to see the man we love and adore, not to ruin others good time. I am pretty sure in your country you also know ways of getting early into a venue and I am not moaning/ being rude to you. Sorry (not sorry) about my rant but I can’t stand people like this and I could not allow them to ruin my night, I have to vent it out) Show started and OMG I missed him so badly! Been 6 years since the show in Lisbon! His voice was amazing and the set list was amazing, I did want to listen to Paloma live and who knows about a Tiny love with Paloma and Mika singing. The strange was a blank canvas (or black in this situation) which I am not used to. Kinda missed the 2010 tour with that amazing stage and that theatre type. But Mika grew, Mika is a full grown man and I have to understand that and legit suck it up 😂 that happy ending brought me to tears, besides being my fav song that acapela bit broke me completely. His reaction to the hearts and “We’ve missed you” was amazing. Mika I love you but I want my heart that you stole from me back 😘. Also was amazing him coming into the crowd during Big girls ❤️ Bringing back the gold but gold songs was a good move. Baring in mind I never been in this venue before idk if it’s normal or not, but the fact that the security was handing in water was amazing and greatly appreciated. Also I hope the girl next to me that wasn’t feeling great is better now! It felt a bit too little for me, but again, it’s been 6 years so even if he was singing the whole night it would still feel the same 😂 overall an amazing show beside the bumps along the way with the humans. Now back to my cage and I will be back to MFC in a couple of years 😂 if you want to see some of my videos and pictures check my highlights on my Instagram @pipinhas Was a pleasure to meet some of you and I hope my statement helps some people learning how to behave. Lots of love, Ana xx
  12. 17 points
    Is seeing Mika in the city where you live always transformative? Or is that just the city where I live? I moved to San Francisco four years ago, so I obviously haven't seen him since then. But I've also never seen him across the street from a favorite dinner spot, biking distance from my place, a bus ride home after... Somehow that made it even more special. My first Mika gig was also in the bay area, in Oakland in 2009. @sarac, @BangBangLou, Kira (@superstar) and I had a mini reunion in this queue which was amazing! I'll see y'all next time, and hopefully it won't be another 10 years before we're all together again!! Kira and I got a good spot on the left side of the stage. Entering the venue went much more smoothly than in Brooklyn, thank goodness! They even served drinks to people in the front before the show! From the fan experience this venue was nice, not crap like Mika said, haha. The lights also weren't so strong from behind so it was much easier to see him during the show. Kiesza was good, she's gotten more and more comfortable each night I've seen her (NYC x2 + here). She recognized the French fans for being at every show, and was tickled by Kira and I singing along to Giant in my Heart. Lots of eye contact from Chris as always. It's been fun to be a part of her return to the stage! When Mika came on (a couple minutes late...) it was amazinggggggg!!!!!!! He wasn't interacting with the audience much at the beginning, but you could see on his face that he was having a great time. One moment that I really enjoyed was when Max came up to join Mika for Relax, and then they both jumped at the same time, with Max copying Mika's signature jump. Very cute, I hope someone recorded that! I think this was the best version of Dear Jealousy I've heard so far as well. They really nailed the harmonies! Before Big Girl he started talking and told us about his journey to the venue. Apparently he walked 1 hour and 20 minutes to get here, because his phone had no more data so he couldn't call a lyft. While he was explaining this the keyboardist was playing the notes that would lead into Big Girl, and Mika told him to stop because the story wasn't interesting enough to warrant the background track, LOL. Anyway, first he asked someone how to get to The Fillmore, and they told him "that's an area" (which it is!) and then left. Then he was frustrated by a lady who looked like she was going to give him directions but just went back to her friend and had another conversation. Anyway, he finally made it, on foot, before the band (which explains why we didn't see him come in), and described having a sublime moment of dancing in the middle of the floor. All this to set up his entrance into the crowd for Big Girl!! He didn't go in the crowd in NYC, so I was so happy to experience this! The audience was SO into it!! That was when I knew the show was going to be really special. At the piano before Tiny Love he complained about the lady who didn't give him directions again, I think he was really shook by that :P. But the song was awesome of course. Tonight he didn't introduce Tomorrow as a new song at all, he just went right into it, and Kira and I absolutely lost it while everyone else was a bit confused. But over the course of the song, you could feel the crowd go from "what is this song?" to "I love this song!!" which was really amazing. But Kira and I were singing along and jumping the entire time, SO happy to hear it again!! Mika smiled when he caught a glimpse of us singing to the chorus and jumping around. My heart... He sang the end of Happy Ending without the mic, which it took a bit for the crowd to catch on to, but then we were absolutely transfixed. It was so genuine and so beautiful. Absolutely amazing. At the piano for Lollipop, he admitted "I played this gig partially for the poster," because at The Fillmore they make a poster for an artist that sells out and give it out at the exit. He said he imagined putting the posters up in his house and showing his grandchildren someday. But he complained that the first poster he got for his first gig here over a decade ago was a giant lollipop, and this one is a huge banana split with ice cream on it. He was miffed, but also a little tickled, that his career would be summed up with penis symbols. He wore the button-down shirt the entire gig tonight, and only changed into the t-shirt + scarf for the encore. He came back with a glass of water, and had a very genuine moment of disgust after he stuck his finger in and it was dirty. "Cheers," he raised the glass, "even though it's water," and promised that it would be less than four years next time. YES!!! Afterwards, they set up a barricade outside behind which we could wait for Mika. People were generally pretty nice, a woman even gave Nina her poster because they had run out by the time Nina was exiting. I didn't notice what time it was when he came out, but he stayed for a long time, signing posters and chatting with the very long line of people who had gathered. Kira asked him if it was the best show ever (she thinks so) and he said "I loved it." And he said "You two were phenomenal during Tomorrow" which,........ AHHHHH. I'm no more articulate about moments like that than I was when I was 16! Another thing he told another fan was that he's getting a cold, which I could kind of hear. His voice cracked a little bit during Blue and Happy Ending. I hope he can get some good rest before LA. Anyway, to sum it all up, last night was incredible. One of the best shows I've seen, but only made better by the fact that I made the trip to New York to see him there as well. Thank you, Mika. Can't wait to have you back. I took all my pictures of Mika during the show on Kira's phone since it has a better camera, but here's one of the poster: Thank you Lucy for taking these!! Even though they're blurry I think they really captured the moment ❤️
  13. 17 points
    I will post a more in depth review and pictures and videos tomorrow, but I wanted to say 2 things on here tonight. 1. This gig was recorded for a live album and DVD. Look forward to it! 2. On a personal note, I got to meet Mika and it was a really incredible experience. I'm very emotional right now and I'm still letting it all sink in. Excellent gig, will do a full report tomorrow.
  14. 16 points
    Hi everyone, I'm new here! I'm also really terrible at writing introductions! Sorry for that! You can call me Laurel (which, just to avoid misunderstandings, is (sadly) not my given name; I'm not going to mention my given name if I don't have to, because I hate that name). I'm 24 years old, and I'm from Germany, where I'm currently studying English and German at university; I also write and draw as a hobby, and I play a couple of musical instruments (accordion, guitar, ocarina, some ukulele, some tin whistle, can also kinda play the recorder if I have to) and enjoy singing (but badly, oops). TL;DR because I talk too much: always loved the music, never knew much about the artist, finally got off my butt and fixed that, am now completely and utterly smitten with the man and my friends will probably stage an intervention if I mention his name one more time, which is why I'm now here to grace you unfortunate people with my incessant rambling. - I've been aware of Mika's music since Grace Kelly came out in 2007 - and believe me, it was really hard to not be aware of that song since they played it on the radio so much - and have been stopping by to pick up a new favorite song every few years, more or less. Underwater, Rain, Kick Ass, Happy Ending and Toy Boy have been on my playlists and various MP3 players pretty much since they came out, and Blame It On The Girls joined that list eventually. Now, the thing is: I never had a look at Mika as an artist, really. I dug up a video of him singing either Grace Kelly or Rain on some talk show once back in about 2010 or so, and decided I didn't like him singing live very much and that bothered fourteen-year-old me. Yes, I have seen the error of my ways, but the point is that I only ever listened to his studio recordings and didn't know a thing about the guy behind the music, even though that music was always a part of my life. "Rain" was what I listened to when I did art for years, I had the thing on loop all the time, same with Kick Ass and all the other songs I listed earlier. I listened to Toy Boy a lot while writing, and was quietly amazed by how it's one of those very, very rare songs that's officially and pretty irrefutably gay. Also, that last verse still gets me all emotional. Grace Kelly was the soundtrack of my youth, at first just because it was catchy; then my English got better and the lyrics about having to bend over backwards to fit in and be marketable really resonated with me. I was a weird kid. Now I'm a weird adult, I guess. So, fast forward to the very recent past: I was just trying to dig up the Rain video again because I randomly remembered how absolutely gorgeous it is, and since I was listening to Kick Ass on youtube at that moment I figured I'd click through to the video via the official youtube channel instead of just searching for it. And then something caught my eye - the suit and frilly shirt in the thumbnail for Jealousy, I think, because it reminded me of the 3rd Doctor from Doctor Who. And the song's great, but the song and video in combination are striking. "Why hello there," I thought to myself, "that guy still makes music and it's still good and he still looks mesmerizing! Who'd have thought!" (okay actually it was less "mesmerizing" and more "why does he flail so much and how does his dancing look so good anyway, why can't I look away-" but I digress. I do love his dancing a lot, anyway.) And then, as one does, I threw myself down a youtube rabbit hole, wondering what else I'd missed. From Jealously to some of the other MNIMH stuff, then a swerve into some interviews after Sanremo ("Wait, gay? What happened to 'no labels'?" which should tell you how long it's been since I saw that talk show clip, lol, but that also made me really happy because I'm queer as heck myself), then to Boum Boum Boum (I'm a film nerd AND a huge history nerd; the thumbnail intrigued me, and the video warmed my geeky little heart, just because it was the last place I would ever have expected to find a Lawrence of Arabia reference of all things), and THEN the youtube recommendations threw his taxi driving shenanigans from CasaMika at me. Halfway through the second clip I watched, I realized how much he made me care about the random people he picked up, because somehow the segment was about them and not so much the famous guy behind the wheel, and that focus on other people was, paradoxically, what really cemented my newfound love for the guy behind my favorite music. (and then I realized that he was speaking Italian which I'd hardly even noticed before because I end up watching a fair chunk of Italian media due to my love for old Italian music, despite not actually speaking Italian myself and only understanding a tiny handful of it, and had some fun puzzling out why he was speaking Italian. Cue me complaining to my best friend how it's unfair that he can keep so many languages straight when I struggle with two, before realizing that he does not, in fact, always manage to keep all those languages straight and having a good laugh about how relatable that is) At that point I'd decided that I adored the man no matter what, so I decided to go and look at his live performances - the thing I originally really wasn't fond of as a kid. I think I started out with the Sinfonia Pop version of BBB - and THAT is obviously absolutely amazing and one of my new all-time favorite music things - before digging up a bunch of mixed TV and concert things from the entirely of the last decade and a bit and falling in love with his outfits and his sense of humor and his general live performance skills and the amount of love and energy he puts into all of it - good lord, he really does not do things by halves. Then I kinda stumbled through his TV work, and got another good look at all those fancy, fancy clothes, while also reading through a bunch of interviews and articles about him and started to reconcile all of those many, many different facets of him into one cohesive image and I love all his little contrasts - from that heartbreaking last verse to Toy Boy and the strange, fey beauty of the Rain video and his Imaginarium Tour (I'm incredibly disappointed by the lack of a DVD for that one, by the way) and his collected competence during Sinfonia Pop, to that kind, warm person chatting to random people in Italy and the incredibly lovable dork getting his butt stuck in a trashcan during a concert. A billion shining, sparkling sides all coming together in that magnificent being that influenced my youth so much, and I never even knew. Well, and now I'm here. I was a bit hesitant about showing up here since I don't usually do fan communities, I much prefer inflicting all of my interests upon my poor, poor followers in one place so I can switch topics better, but the fan club is pretty impressive and I do love good old internet forums so I'm here anyway. Hi folks, nice to meet y'all, so sorry for the wall of text. (also, German sadly isn't the most useful language for Mika fans, but if anybody ever needs something translated, I'm always happy to volunteer; I'm a German native speaker and my English should be passable, lol) OH, also, I do digital art (loosely based on this Voice screencap: [click]) Don't have his face down very well yet, but I have endless opportunities to practice I guess - the man is such a never-ending well of amazing facial expressions and general unbelievable prettiness. Funny how it's still his personality that won me over in the end.
  15. 16 points
    I did record my television when his family was singing for him 🤣 It's not great, but it gives you an idea of the surprises they had for him Enjoy my tv! 😂 video-1579403617.mp4
  16. 16 points
    It’s been over three long years since I last saw Mika (at the London Palladium) and the wait was all compensated for by the man last night. A simple, music show, no gimmics, just Mika and his incredible band. He sang all I thought he would and more, I think for the first time I didn’t feel like there were some songs missing from my dream set list🤩 Me and my friend who has travelled all the way from Egypt to see Mika, were around row 4-5 centre stage. By the end of Relax I thought I had no more energy for dancing and singing😅 and then a true miracle happened... Mika came down during Big Girl with no security and completely unexpected and sang less than a metre away from us😍🤩❤️ At this point I would like to thank all the fans that were in his proximity, you guys showed as much respect for Mika as he showed us his trust - not a single hand touched him, we just sang and danced with him completely awed. Of all the over 20 gigs I’ve been to, this moment will always stand out. A perfect crowd, an unbelievable energy and mutual joy! Mika was completely speechless seeing our “We’ve missed you” cards at the end of Ice-Cream and then the colourful lit up hearts that we rose up in Tiny Love. A beautiful brand new set list, an unforgettable night. It was amazing to see so many familiar faces (some from a distance) as well as new fans. Till the next time, guys. It was epic🤩❤️
  17. 16 points
    I finally got a video to upload on Vimeo! Here’s Tomorrow in full! And here’s Dear Jealousy Last one is Blue
  18. 16 points
    This morning when I was half-awake, I suddenly had the idea that Ronke and Mika represent two parts of the same person in the video, MIKA (Ronke) and Michael Holbrook (Mika). With this idea, the video suddenly makes sense to me. Not every bit, but most of it. The way I see it now, it's Mika's life story. The beginning was at the time when Mika was young, vintage clothes, braces - the separation of Mika from Michael. With Mika being the songwriter, the showman, and Michael his sensitive side, his fears. They're writing songs together, at the piano. Then Mika becomes bigger and bigger. At some point he's so big that he blocks Michael's view on the universe - then it's the line 'My name is Michael Holbrook...', and Mika realizes he needs Michael - when Ronke sings "I'd give up a hundred thousand loves for just this one". After that, they're equally sized again, and again they're writing songs together at the piano. The piano part fits to what Mika says about going back to writing songs the way he did for his first album. The eggs might represent his sensitivity. Not sure about the cherries yet, a guess is that they might stand for the good things in life - when Ronke eats the cherries, it somehow suggests decadence - it might be the big Mika becoming too decadent, too self-centered and ignoring his sensitive, vulnerable side. The eaten cherries on the floor might mean that others get all the good things (see "Promiseland"). I still can't make sense of the milk bottles and the knife. The skull, though a wild guess, might refer to Mika's suicidal tendencies at a certain point in his life (see "I'm gonna kill myself" in WAG). I got this idea of the two representing two sides of the same person because of what Ronke wrote under Mika's IG post, about Wiz wanting to create "an inner world, inhabited just by these 2 people".
  19. 15 points
    Ciao a tutti e tanti auguri per un felice anno nuovo! Apro il nuovo thread italiano per tutti coloro che in questo 2020, che già si prospetta ricco di tante cose belle, avranno voglia di scambiare due chiacchiere o di condividere esperienze utilizzando questa lingua! Buon divertimento __________________ Italian Thread 2019
  20. 15 points
    I think Mika is always very intentional about what he does -- I'm sure he thought carefully about what he wanted to say, and wanted to have meaningful links and attractive graphics to go with his post, and that took time. I don't think his post was a reaction to all the backlash. Just my opinion, of course. 🤷‍♀️
  21. 15 points
    Google translator MIKA in Athens during quarantine days The British-Lebanese popstar Mika stayed in Athens during the quarantine and talks to Athens Voice about his experience. In the early days of quarantine, going through thousands of photos on social media of artists and non-artists, we were surprised to see one of the most positive and open-hearted pop stars, the British-Lebanese Mika being photographed on an Athenian balcony, telling Athens how he goes home, reading, cooking and enjoying the city. After posting on the Athens Voice site and several days later, I got the answers to the questions I had sent him. Starting with a polite, apologetic note: "I would like to apologize for the delay in replying. The truth is that I have refused all interviews at this time. I also saw the warm text you uploaded a few days ago and the report at the end of the article that you are still waiting for my answers. That made me laugh and I decided to answer your questions. I feel very lucky to be in such a good weather during this difficult time. Best wishes. M. » How did it come about that you are in Athens during the quarantine? My partner, who is Greek, has a house here. I was at the height of my world tour. I had just finished Australia and New Zealand when the whole Asian tour was canceled. I couldn't go back to Italy because of the complete lockdown, and I didn't want to be the only one in the United States because I would be too far away from my family in Paris. So, I came to Athens 6 weeks ago without knowing exactly what was going to happen. In which part of Athens do you live in? It's in Pagrati. I seem to have been in an area where at least 4 musicians live on this road. I have not met them, but I hear them practicing every hour. Pianists, singers, saxophonists. I have a lot of concerts in Bach, Cole Porter, Portuguese Fado and some other uncertain self-designs. I have to admit that the members of this "unofficial orchestra" are much better than others! Even though the playing isn't always amazing, I really like being on a road where you don't see anyone but you hear the music they play. It is very poetic. Have you been to Athens before? Many times. Although I was always in a hurry. Before that, my longest stay was 4 days. I can say that I am discovering it for the first time normally, now. It's ironic; everything had to be closed for me to be able to connect normally with the city. To sit, to walk, to listen, to understand it better, without falling into the trap of going to the same restaurants and hotels. I am fascinated by this city and I am really starting to love it, in fact I am thinking of making it a more permanent part of my life. What is your favorite place in Athens? I like the popular Friday in the various neighborhoods, especially the one in Mets. At this time, being able to run around the Acropolis and the Observatory without the thousands of tourists is amazing. I feel very, very lucky to be able to see them this way. I run up and down Filopappou and the view of the city fascinates me every time. Athens is full of urban secrets that are not obvious to the tourist at first glance; the shops with ethnic cuisines and restaurants in Omonia, Victoria Square, the Municipal Market and the fact that the sea and the mountains are here next to you. I find this city unique. But my favorite thing is the terraces. I sit on my balcony and spy on other people living their lives. I am very connected to this ocean by terraces and low buildings. At midnight, at the Resurrection, it was spectacular to see the city come alive in the way it did. What is your favorite food in Athens? All these past weeks I've been cooking at home. You get tired of delivery very quickly! Also, many good restaurants do not seem to deliver. So I became an expert in the grocery stores in my area! I know which butcher is good and who isn't. I know which greengrocer on my way sells the best tomatoes. I've also learned which employees are friendly and which to avoid! The lady who has the oven nearby makes me smile every time I go. At first it was difficult because I don't speak Greek but now, whenever I go shopping, I say good morning to ten different people. We have seen that in quarantine days you read some very interesting books. Can you tell me about these books? I really enjoy a book called "Damascus" by an Australian author, Christos Tsiolkas. These are stories about the lives of various characters, including St. Paul, a generation after the death of Christ. It is a very beautiful book and, through these stories, you are transported to a critical moment of the birth of Christianity. It is appropriate to read something epic at this time, as our reality has somehow been suspended. I also read a book by Ismail Kadare, "Chronicle in Stone". He is a boy who grew up in Albania during World War II. I don't know much about Albania, but I'm very curious. The Balkans in general are very interesting and I think, at least in the UK, we don't learn much about this part of the world, and it's a shame. But my favorite book right now is Albert Camus's "Plague." It's an amazing book. I'm impressed by the striking similarities between what Camus describes in a fantastic 1940s epidemic and what the world is going through now. Everything from emotions to politics, food, drink, and sex. What makes it even more remarkable is that the epidemic, as Camus describes it, never really happened. I find that reading a book that is so closely related to what we live in is extremely comforting. I started reading it and then I started listening to it as I ran down the street, doing my daily exercise. This book, combined with the ancient monuments around me, has made me very interested in philosophy. So I found a university professor from UCL in London who has started and is teaching me through FaceTime. I am currently studying Plato and Socrates in depth. It's amazing to think that I only sleep a few miles away from where Plato's Academy was. You also have a Swatch watch and Pilot pens. Do you paint at all while you are here, with the quarantine? I have a small design company with my sister Yasmine. We have just completed a major design program for a product that will be released later this year. The project turned out to be much more complicated than we expected, because we have so much more time at our disposal! They were probably lucky (customers). I paint strange things sometimes that I don't know why I paint them first. I'm reading a story about Native Americans and I believe them, so I painted this a few days ago: The drawing that MIKA painted a few days ago, during his stay in Athens, in the middle of a pandemic I always paint with the same pencil and pen technique that you dip in ink. How do you feel about this whole situation with the corona virus? Do you think it will change our lives in the long run? Are you optimistic? I am optimistic, even if I am realistic about the painful social and economic consequences it will cause and we will have to deal with. For me personally, this whole situation gave me the opportunity to decompress, so much so that I was curious and full of impatience to learn about new things coming, in a way that I hadn't felt since I was a teenager! Financially, in my work, I have suffered a lot, but I believe that I will creatively get out of this story, better. At least I hope so! And that hope keeps me optimistic. It's a terrible virus, and having gone through what it can do to your loved ones, I can tell you how scary it can be for someone to collapse. I think it's time to ask ourselves and the world around us as many questions as possible. I think the answers can and will come later. You just released your album in October 2019 and the quarantine started soon after you started your tour. Tell me about the album and the tour. The album was my own reaction to a moment of instability in my personal life. A very strong, creative reaction to various challenges including the death of several people in my family and friends, my mother's struggle with an incurable disease, changes in my life and the fact that I had to deal with growing up in an industry that is obsessed with youth. My reaction was to grab my colors and make them even brighter and not faded. In music, melody is color, so I wanted an album full of melody and disrespectful lyrics that were both personal and playful. The tour was a continuation of that. This is a huge show that, although it has sets and lighting that fills 6 trucks, is built around me like a one man show. I wanted to create something that would be spectacular but also inward. A kind of circus of one. Until now, it was the most favorite tour of my career and it was going to be my biggest. We would play in big arenas in South Korea as well as at the Lollapaloza festivals in South America and Coachella, and then, for two months, we would tour the United States and Canada. And ALL THESE were canceled! And as it seems now, all the summer festivals in Europe that I would play will be canceled. So I made a decision. When things change again, I will continue from where I left off, and I will play in all the festivals next year, where I was going to play this year. And it will be even more interesting as I will continue to change and make more music. This means that the idea of the show will have evolved and will be more tempting over time. This pause can really be one of the most important and productive things that has happened to me in my life, creatively. I am sure that there will be a huge piece of creativity that will come out of this phase. I hope that what happens in my own process happens to other artists as well; which means that we will have many surprises and interesting things to see released in the coming years. For the last 7 years you have been living and working in Italy. How do you feel about this country and what do you have to say about the recent tragedy? I spend a lot of time there but I don't live permanently. The situation is terribly sad and the consequences are not yet clear, I think. We are still in the storm and we are facing this turbulent situation. What scares me is what will happen next; how to maintain morale and hope when people are tired, have fewer supplies, when anger will replace adrenaline. There are so many psychological consequences that are not yet clear. That's why I think it's really time to ask. Italy has suffered a lot, and politically I don't think the European Union has dealt with this crisis in the right way, especially in the early days. Italy will need help, that's for sure. I hope to be able to go there soon. The Italians are very resilient and proud of that. In what ways has this pandemic changed you, as a human being and as an artist? In so many ways. I feel it. I feel my mind breathing. I pay more attention to the people I love, even if there is anxiety; there is also connection. I'm also very careful with people I don't want to be in contact with! My curiosity has really intensified and I'm sure that will change me a lot. How exactly? I don't know and I don't need to know at the moment. Now is the time to ask questions. The answers will come later.
  22. 15 points
    I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this gig, because at Mika's last concert in Zürich in 2015 the queuing and entering the venue was very disorganised and chaotic. It turned out that this time there weren't nearly as many people who arrived early (maybe because the weather was pretty cold), so it was much easier to get a good place. The concert itself was amazing. Mika was in a really good mood and he smiled a lot, even though you could hear that his voice wasn't at its best. He was very happy and touched when he saw our glowstick hearts during Tiny Love. As you can see from the videos that have already been posted, during a quiet moment before the last part of Happy Ending some guy shouted a request for I Only Love You When I'm Drunk, and Mika actually did it! He complained about not being able to remember the lyrics (before reading them from Nina's phone) and told that guy it was all his fault, but he also added that he was f***ing enjoying himself. 😉 Then he asked for other requests, but couldn't understand what people were saying. Finally some people successfully requested Grace Kelly (which was a total waste of a request if you ask me, since he was going to do that song anyway). Then someone reqested Good Guys, so we finally got to hear a song from NPIH during this tour! It took Mika a while to explain to his band how to play this song, and he couldn't remember the lyrics perfectly this time either, but the performance was still great. It felt really special to be a part of this gig. ❤️
  23. 15 points
    I've only just arrived home and I'm exhausted after my busy weekend, but I have enough energy to write a little report about my amazing experience at this show! This was my second Mika gig, and I was very excited to see him again. It had been a long three years since I'd seen him at the Palladium, so I was really grateful that I could attend this show. I travelled to London with my friend on Friday and went sightseeing on Saturday, but obviously Mika was the highlight of my weekend! We started to queue at 5pm. Met some really lovely fans in the queue and had a great time chatting with them. Eventually the doors opened and we sprinted inside. Managed to find a spot that was fairly close to the stage, but not directly at the front. Unfortunately I didn't have the greatest view as I'm quite short, but it wasn't too bad. I wasn't particularly keen on the support act - they were a DJ duo, but they didn't interact with the crowd much. Not that I cared too much, because I was just so excited to see Mika! The main concert started around 9pm, and Mika opened with an explosive performance of Ice Cream. The whole concert was amazing, but my highlights were We Are Golden, Popular Song, Love Today, and Platform Ballerinas. We held up paper hearts during Tiny Love, and the smile on his face was adorable. He has such a genuine love for his fans. I went to the stage door after the concert in the hope of meeting Mika. Got speaking to some more lovely fans, which was fun. While we were waiting for Mika to come out, I saw his sister Paloma leaving. I waved at her, and she looked at me and smiled! Mika eventually came out and stayed for about ten minutes signing autographs and taking photos with fans. I was really close to him, so close that I think we even made eye contact at one point, but I didn't get to meet him. So near yet so far. However, I do understand that he couldn't stay for long, and I felt incredibly lucky to be so close to him! Overall, I had an amazing night and a great weekend overall. I didn't get to meet other fans at my first Mika gig in 2016, so it was really lovely to meet some of you this time! Trouble is, I think I'm already starting to suffer from post-gig depression. I really hope he will come back to London soon...
  24. 15 points
    Translation into English: Sweet Mika The pop singer is back in a joyful and sensitive way with "My name is Michael Holbrook" A new intimate CD marked by his family story. Smiling, funny, cheerful, elegant, genuine...we want to make compliments rain on Mika like the multicolored confettis rain on his audience at the end of his shows. Dressed in a dandy velvet suit, the American - Lebanese singer orders a draft beer in a street café in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, which leads to lots of smiles and "Welcome to our neighborhood!" from the inhabitants who recognize the former judge in "The Voice". But now free from the talent contest, he rather came to talk to us about his new CD " My name is Michael Holbrook Penniman, a very autobiographical album which reconnects to the joyful and finely handcrafted pop of his start. Elle: Not long ago you talked very openly in an interview to Paris Match (at the end of September) revealing your mother's illness and posing with your family... Mika: This magazine cover and this interview could lead to believe I'm searching for publicity at any price. But if you read it, it's easy to see that's not what it is. I wanted to talk as sincerely as possible to free myself from something that could have destroyed me, that in any case makes me suffer. It was a risk to take, I took it. It helps reconnecting with one's emotions. Elle: This new album is filled with emotions, as when you evoke in veiled terms the accident in which your sister nearly lost her life "Paloma" or your love for your mother in "Tiny Love". Mika: Before this album I had stopped writing, because of the pressure linked to the need to reveal things my heart was not ready to open up about. Strangely, my previous album was more melancholic, even though I was less troubled in my personal life. This one is a lot more joyful, filled with colors and more pop. It sounds like my first album and it's not by accident. When I was 17 and I wrote " Life in Cartoon Motion", I had difficulties with the world around me. Today I am 36, I have difficulties with life, and I write again songs that turn everything into something conforting and beautiful. It is not a way to make things trivial. It is a way to put things in order, to digest things and to acknowledge that there is some beauty in sadness. Elle: Is it therapeutic? Mika: Absolutely. Each time there was a risk of falling, I started writing. For me, music is a shelter, a bubble. Maybe because I'm not alone. I have my piano. The rest - promo, media, the record industry is a torture. Elle: In order to open your heart in songs, you have to forget about natural modesty... Mika: Yes, but I am discreet and modest. But I am well aware that modesty can have a negative side. It blocks the fluidity of human relations. I evoked the song "Tiny Love", on the socials. I got lots and lots of comments, people who talked very intimately about their family, their problems with drugs, the loss of a child. I found this very moving. I am at a crossroad in my life, I am making a personal review of all those past years and thinking about the ones that will come. And with this album, I feel as if I have unblocked lots of things. Elle: Do you feel like you were always understood well? Mika: I don't know. Anyway I never tried to manipulate my image. Maybe it is that sort of way to stay remote which helped me getting away safely from a show as popular as " The Voice". And also, I didn't live in France, I got there straight from the airport and then I left. In six years I have never watched a show! It helped me to keep a certain distance and not burn my wings. The most important is what I write and what I sing. I don't care about the rest. Elle: Is lasting the only thing that matters? Mika: Yes, TV, people, that doesn't last. Neither does money. The only things that last are the songs and the stories you tell about people you love or about people you hate. That being said, on this album, I don't talk about people I hate because I got rid of them. The issues I'm going through with my family gave me a feeling of emergency and the courage to clean up around me: people who only thought about money or who wanted to control me. I used to have a Stockholm syndrom. Not anymore now! Elle: What are your flaws? Mika: I am very impatient. Very stubborn. And I don't understand the concept of a budget. For my show at Hotel Arena I had spent a whole year of my salary at "The Voice". I will do anything to create something beautiful and poetic. Elle: Are confettis expensive? Mika: They are expensive and they can have an environnemental impact. But I found biodegradable confettis made from recycled paper. To tell the truth, during my last tour in the USA, there was no stage set and people were crazy. I sold three times more tickets than for the previous tour four years ago. It shows the power of the socials and internet. Instagram can change a carreer. Elle: Did your life change once you became open about your homosexuality? Mika: I had no doubt in my mind that I was gay at a young age. You don't chose to be. However, negative words due to ignorance or to discrimination prevented me from being really open about it. It's easy to become intolerant to your own self, to be ashamed of who you are. And it can lead to psychological, social, emotional consequences. In order to get out of this, I started writing songs, drawing, getting interested in arts, in clothes. It was my way to speak for myself and to be more tolerant towards myself. " My name is Michael Holbrook"(Barclay) Show in Accord Hotel Arena on December 22nd Paris 12° @Kumazzz
  25. 15 points
    It's the edited audio file of Mika. ⚠️ Don't tweet or post this link in public please. Introducing, Sanremo, Grace Kelly and interview. 🔻 m4a file ( 24.1MB ) 2019.10.10_R2_Piano-Room_Sanremo_GK_.m4a
  26. 15 points
    This was posted by @NaoMika in the French press thread - I think it's worth a thread of its own... English translation by @crazyaboutmika: Italian translation by @*Denise*:
  27. 15 points
    I admire him so much for this. For being so happy and proud to share so many private pictures- with his beautiful mum, with his amazing partner, even with his adorable little nephew. But also for opening up and sharing with us his recent worries and causes of pain, story of his mum. It takes a lot of courage to do that. I got quite emotional reading that as I know how it's like to lose a parent . Now I know I will be even more emotional listening to MNIMH knowing all of that. And I know I will love it with all my heart. What an amazing day to be Mika's fan. Truly proud of him ❤
  28. 15 points
    So many things become more clear now.... What a curage to talk about it publicly.... I passed through my parents's death and my brother had a very hard accident this year. He was dying for 2 weeks but now he is getting better. I can imagine what Mika felt and feels now and I know how f*** hard is to talk about it.... I am so proud to be his fan. He is a hero too. ❤️
  29. 14 points
    Exactly. Mika controls his Twitter and Instagram account 99% of the time. Occasionally some of the more "advertisement" type posts might be written by his team, but otherwise, believe me, it's Mika. As for yesterday's post/tweet, I think it may well have been from him, actually. It's not the first time that he's said something like this and upset fans from other countries/groups -- I'm sure it wasn't an intentional thing, it's just that this competition was from Ticketmaster ITALIA, so it's natural that he thinks only Italian fans were involved. I'm not sure why anyone would get upset over that, and try to pit the Italian fans against the French fans or the UK fans or the US fans, etc. Seems like someone just wanted to stir up some drama to me. 🤷‍♀️
  30. 14 points
    Here is the live on Instagram Mika broadcasted tonight. Mika Live Instagram 12 03 2020.mp4
  31. 14 points
    Mika on Vanity Fair from tomorrow on newsstands! Vanity Fair's IG stories: 2134251617485746031185280859.mp4 2134251645210151057185280859.mp4
  32. 14 points
    You can watch full video on VK: https://vk.com/frmusic?z=video-23729576_456240612%2F8fe5589a89794a4e2f%2Fpl_wall_-23729576
  33. 14 points
    I just wanted to do a quick post to say how AMAZING the show was!! I loved it as soon as Mika came on stage I burst into tears of joy! Also when he came out the stage door! He came up to me and asked what my name was (As I was crying) and then said “Hi Emmy” and stroked my hair! We then got a picture together and he signed an autograph for me, l loved all the fan actions and the atmosphere was just the best! It was also amazing to be so close the front of standing!!! I can’t wait until I see him next hopefully in the near future💕🥳🥺
  34. 14 points
    Ok, I think I'm ready to describe this concert in words. We all waited so much for this first performance, starting the "Revelation Tour". But this concert was a little different from those that will follow. Due to the fact that Shepherd's Bush Empire can only accommodate 2'000 people, Mika did not show us the new scenography. But there were a lot of colorful lights that created a great atmosphere. Yes, colors are Mika's specialty. Since I had a place on the first balcony, I did not stand in a long queue, which began to set up in front of the building very early in the morning. Fortunately, it wasn't raining. Although the temperature around 5 degrees is not nice when you have to spend long hours outside. Me and Zlata, who flew from the Czech Republic, we arrived to a queue at 4pm. MFC fans are very well organized. We prepared two "fan actions": after the first song we were to lift up the cards with the words "We've missed you". During "Tiny Love" we were to show colorful paper hearts and highlight them with our phones. Already in the queue girls distributed most of the stuff. I saved about 80 hearts for distribution on my balcony. And I did the right thing because a lot of people didn't have hearts and I gave away almost all of them. I put them as well on all (still empty) chairs for all VIPs on the left and right. Little later I explained some of them what to do with the hearts. They liked the idea! After entering the hall, I wanted to take a seat on the left or right side of the stage, but unfortunately all these places had pinned cards with the inscription "reserved for ..." I did not notice the name Penniman on any of them. We took the first two chairs on the right in the second row. On the right was only a passage separating us from VIP seats. While waiting for the concert, we listened to music played by two DJs and waited for Mika. Every once in a while I looked at places for guests looking for familiar faces. I recognized one - Mika's little nephew, Paloma's son, Beauregard. He was probably sitting with his father. The concert started around 9pm. Like at the "Tiny Love Tiny Tour" we heard Mika's voice talking about the Love that created the whole universe. The first color was yellow: "Love created the Sun. The Sun created us. Yellow is the color of the Sun. Yellow is the color of Love. " Mika hit the stage with the first sounds of "Ice Cream". He was dressed in a black suit made of soft fabric and a white shirt with black polka dots with frills around the neck and cuffs. Immediately after he stopped singing, we raised our cards with the words "We've missed you." Mika looked at us for a long time, smiling, then bowed deeply. He wanted to start another song, but the audience shouted "Mika, Mika, Mika" !!!! Here is Zlata's video. I was not filming. I wated to show my piece of paper to Mika so much Before the song "Dear Jealousy," Mika admitted that jealousy made him return on stage. He was jealous of the Mika he used to be, so he decided to finish the new album and return on stage. Yellow is the color of love, but it is also the color of jealousy. Then there was songs "Relax", "Origin of Love", and after them, for the first time performed on stage "Platform Balerinas". Mika and Max performed a "choreographic" arrangement. Of course they missed some steps and Max got a kick from Mika because he was just back to him :-) Before the next song, Mika told us to close our eyes and move to a certain place in our imagination. I already knew it was an introduction to the song "Big Girl". And Mika once again jumped over the barrier and entered between the audience to sing and dance with people. An unforgettable moment for those fans who are next to him! After returning on the stage, Mika sat down to the piano. We heard the first sounds of "Tiny Love". We took out our paper hearts and turned on the lights in our mobile phones. The whole room was filled with colorful lights. Thank you @Emily2b for mentioning that he closed his eyes. I did not see it from far. I hope he was surprised while opening his eyes Mika went to the first row and took a yellow heart from one of the fans and waved it during the song. Then he dropped it on the floor ... because at the moment when Mika was to sing "My name is Michael Holbrook, the woman from the music video" Tiny Love " - Ronke – appeared on the stage. We all started to shout with joy. Ronke stood behind Mika and put her hands on his eyes. Then she moved her arms simultaneously with Mika. Sometimes their gestures were synchronized, sometimes it looked like Mika had four arms. Then she left, majestically. With the last words of the song, Mika picked up a yellow heart from the stage and sang "we are giants with our tiny, tiny love" and showing it to us. I found this video on Youtube. Someone sitting just a row behind me on the left posted it. You can see my blue heart in the right low corner.And VIPs with hearts as well I recorded fragments of songs but I tried to watch the show and feel every single second. Two next songs made me put down my mobile and listen to "Blue" and "Underwater". I was about to start spread soap bubbles. But it was so wonderful to be able to look at Mika, listen to him and sing with him that the soap bubbles became not important at all. But then I heard the beginning of "Sanremo" and I turned my camera on again. For the first time Mika sang this song on stage. During the chorus, Mika was teasing Tim and tried to dance with him. He even grabbed his butt :-) The voice of Max singing in the background beautifully composed with Mika's voice. They both sang a part of the song standing close together. Yes, Max sings in this song almost all the time. Voice synchronization is great. It's „Tomorrow's” turn. Of course, everyone sings with Mika. The room is filled with tiny patches of light circling the walls and auditorium. Beautiful view. As if we were under water. Mika sits down to the piano again. We hear this characteristic sound that resembles the sound of a train on the tracks. "Lollipop". But before the song begins, Mika begins to talk about the fact that here, not far from Shepherd's Bush, one "motherf****r" dumped him at five o'clock in the morning. The audience starts doing boooo ... (You can listen to this on my Audio recording – at 50 minutes) The whole concert audio is here. Maybe some native speaker could translate the whole speach. I did not get everything. 2019-11-10 London.mp3 Then when we hear the beginning of "Popular Song". Mika disappears from the stage. Finally he is back and we see that he changed his shirt. This time it is in red polka dots. Mika starts to move his hips and says, "I'm on Shepherd's Bush stage and I am dancing in my grandmother's blouse." It's „Happy Ending” turn. With the words "little bit of love," fans raise their arms with their hands arranged in the shape of a heart. Some keep paper hearts up. Finally, silence falls in the room. Mika puts the microphone away and sings acapella a fragment of the song. It also begins to be a tradition. Mika slowly lies down on the floor and silences the audience. I already know that this is an introduction to "Love Today". I can't listen to this song while sitting in my chair. I put my phone down and go to the passage next to the VIP seats. I start dancing with others. I have a lot of space around me, but I happen to touch the person behind me. After a while I recognize Paloma. She holds Beauregard in her arms. The child is tired and sleepy. One of the VIPs gets up from her seat and suggests Paloma to sit down. Paloma stands beside me (on my right) but does not sit down. We smile at each other. I'm starting to look at the boy. I have flashing bracelets on both hands. I take off one of them and put it on Bobo's little hand. I show him how to switch the light. After a minute Bobo was not sleepy anymore and again began to watch the scene holding a flashing green bracelet in his hand. I go into a crazy dance with the rhythm of "Love Today", "We Are Golden", "Grace Kelly". Even Paloma began to sway and sing. At "Tiny Love reprise" and "Stay High" we all jumped up and down and we wanted to be "high" !!!!!! It was the end of the concert. We slowly began to collect our things. Bobo wanted to give me the bracelet back, but I told him it was a gift and he could keep it. He was very shy. When we were heading to the exite I passed in front of Paloma and Yasmine, who joined her. I greeted them and went outside. We wanted to wait for Mika, and I still had to go to the hotel for the gifts I brought for him. Fortunately, our hotel was right next door, so after 10 minutes me and Zlata we were back in a group of fans waiting next to the venue. It turned out that there were two places where people were waiting for Mika. But he came to both groups. Unfortunately, there were many of us and Mika gave only a few autographs to people who were standing right next to the barrier. I was happy seeing some colorful hearts signed by Mika ❤️ I was only able to give my gift bag to a bodyguard. And after a while Mika left. There was already a truck in front of the venue, to which the equipment from the stage was packed. Paloma, her partner, Yamine, Bobo and Mika got into the cars and drove away. And I came back to the hotel with my head in the clouds. At 5 am I had to go to the airport. But whatever. I was so charged with positive energy (Mikaenergy) that I didn't feel tired at all. In one month I will see a concert in Lille! This time there will be a new scenography and a new show. See you soon, Mika !!!! 106 Platform Balerinas.mp4 110 Sanremo.mp4 113 Popular Song.mp4 115 Happy Ending Acapella.mp4
  35. 13 points
    This is heartbreaking. That you can't be with your loved ones in such a situation must be the absolute worst, I actually have tears in my eyes thinking of it. Joannie is a fighter, I hope so much that they'll all get through this crisis and can hug each other again full of joy when they finally meet again. After a day of successfully convincing myself that everything's OK and he's just taking a break, this morning I got worried again. I thought, at the last cooking show he said how these make him happy... and then suddenly he would stop?! I spent all day trying to push away the thought that it could only mean something must've happened. I'm not really happy about being able to trust my intuition in this case though, I rather wish it had been just me worrying too much because I'm a crazy stalker who can't be happy for a few days without hearing from her fave popstar. Anyway I'm so glad he told us. That he found the strength to write such a long post, even in 3 languages. He really didn't need to apologize though, also the way he thinks of others who are in a similar situation is unbelievable, he is so kindhearted... not that this is new to me, but even in such a situation when he's so worried about his family. ❤❤❤
  36. 13 points
    Today's cooking with Mika: part 1 2020-03-26-cooking-with-Mika.mp4 part 2 2020-03-26-cooking-with-Mika-part2.mp4
  37. 13 points
    Just a little update on this from Strasbourg: When he came outside for signing stuff and quick chats, I gave him a letter, and he asked me whether it's a happy letter, as he'd have no tolerance for... (anything else). Actually he stopped the sentence after "no tolerance", because I had already answered that it's a happy letter. Anyway "no tolerance" was a very clear and strong statement, also the way he said it. Maybe he even said "absolutely", can't remember, but in any case it came across that way. My interpretation of this is that with all the sh*t that has happened in his own life in recent times, he's just not able to deal with other people's sh*t right now, I suppose it pulls him down too much. So maybe that's one more reason why he's not doing a lot of M&G's anymore.
  38. 13 points
    My thoughts about this are also quite complicated. On the one hand, I don't think Mika owes us anything (well, except for the concert that we paid for -- and he definitely delivers that!), and I wouldn't say that meeting fans after gigs is a part of his job. It's a nice bonus, but not something that should be expected of him, especially after putting so much of his energy in performing on stage. On the other hand, I can definitely understand that fans are disappointed because he so rarely does M&Gs these days, especially those who were used to him doing them regularly in the past. I have only been following him since 2014, so I wasn't around in the "good old days" (and he didn't do that many M&Gs during the Heaven tour either). I'm sure having something and then having it taken away is more disappointing than never having experienced it in the first place. Also, I was lucky enough to be in Barcelona and experience the one really great M&G he has done so far during this tour, so I definitely can't complain. As for the reasons for the change, obviously we can't really know for sure, as he's the only person who could answer the question. My guess is that in the past he felt like he did "owe" his fans something more than just the concert (and I don't necessarily mean that in a bad way: being famous was still sort of new for him and he was in awe that so many people loved him and were willing to follow him, so he wanted to get to know them and do something for them in return). But as he got older, he gradually realized that he actually isn't obligated to make everyone happy, especially if he's feeling tired or just not in the mood to talk to crowds of people. Perhaps his mother's illness has also made him reconsider his priorities and influenced his behaviour a little? This is all just speculation, of course. Anyway, like I said, I can definitely see the issue from both sides. I've decided to lower my expectations when I go to gigs and just look forward to a great show. If anything happens after it, it's a wonderful and unexpected bonus, and if it doesn't, I already had a great time anyway.
  39. 13 points
    Since there is none (yet), I decided to do a little gig report. We arrived from Barcelona at the day of the gig and I ended up getting number 19 which gave me hope for a good spot, yet I was a little worried about front row because this number could be exactly where the border to second row is. However, we had a good time meeting old and new friends and laying in the sun to fight the cold in the shadow. In the contrary to Barcelona where everything was very smooth and the venue-staff were really, really organized, in Madrid we didn't get to see security until only shortly before the doors were opened. There were no barriers at all. They made us line up in rows of three first about twenty minutes before doors. 15 minutes later they decided they'd prefer lines of two. Add those to the non-existing barriers and the fact that there was no special area for handicapped guests you can guess how the doors were. No wonder the person with number four on their hand ended up in second row, just like us. Having travelled and toured for some days now it got me really frustrated. I partly blame that on my lack of sleep and my upcoming cold as well. The DJ this time was really good, she even got me up to sing and dance along. The majority of the audience seemed to enjoy the little party until finally the intro with Mika's voice started. The crowd was on fire from the first second. But at least in my area no one from the back was being pushy at all which I found really amazing. People just sang along, danced and had fun. Mika was in a good mood, though I could notice that tiredness had kicked in for him as well. I even noticed him coughing one or two times and immediately worried I could have shared my cold with him. But since we hadn't cuddled up and I even muted during the m&g in Barcelona, I guess I'm not the one to blame here. However, he obviously enjoyed being the great entertainer that he is. There still was zero decorations and even though I'm really looking forward to seeing the full show he always prooves that he doesn't need any props, special effects or confetti. My guess is that not a single person in the audience had the feeling that something was missing. He sang Live your Life again and skipped Sanremo just like he had done in Barcelona. I think the setlist must have been the same for both Spanish gigs. But there was one small and important difference: Becks (What's your MFC-name, girl? ❤️) had prepared Spanish lyrics for Tomorrow. She had given them to a band member before the gig, but it seemed like they hadn't been forwarded to Mika. When he started Tomorrow Becks tried to give them to him but he refused more than once. I tried to convince her to throw the paper on stage, but Becks didn't and did look unhappy. The song ended, lights went off. And then we heard Mika saying 'okay, so give me that thing', coming to Becks' direction. Someone was over the moon while Mika tried to sind (he mostly read) those lyrics. The audience was really happy about his attempt to speak-sing in Spanish. During Big Girl he came to the audience and decided to enter exactly between us. We had a big plastic bag full of coats that I tried to put away once I realised what was about to happen. I have no idea where I had that stupid bag, but suddenly there was space and Mika stepped on my foot. It didn't hurt at all, I think he noticed and put his weight on the other side, but it was kinda funny This time a security guy followed him through the crowd. But I must say the award of going over barriers and through the crowds cleary goes to Mika. The security guy was not half as elegant. Happy Ending was as always really good and rather touching since quite a few people around me had to think of the last Madrid-gig that we got to share with David. I think it was his last Mika-gig. So there were some tears and it was a bit strange to get back into party mood afterwards. to everyone around David! When Mika eventually left the stage I noticed how people couldn't believe that the gig was over already. It's exactly the feeling I had after all three gigs of this tour. I wonder if the set is actually short if it's just the good time we have? Afterwards we played the guess-the-door-game and some of us got it right, me being one of them. He used a different door to leave than where he had entered. But we could remember form the last time. The way to his car was about five metres long and there were four securities. Now that was impressive! Mika didn't spend much time with the few fans, he signed maybe five things and took two pictures. He was friendly, but you could notice that he wanted to leave. The driver seemed to be really smart because they avoided the actual road where the majority of fans waited and used the space behind the truck and tourbus to get to the street instead. After Mika had left we told the waiting crowd and I even showed some of them a bad-quality-picture I had just took of Mika leaving. But most of them still didn't believe us. Now I know how security staff must feel when they try to convince fans that stars have already left. Oh well, I hope they didn't wait too long afterwards and decided to curl up in the warmth somewhere. Our night ended at the local Burger King where I had to say good bye to @RAK1 and Becks (I stil don't know your name on here, woman!). Thank you both and all the other lovely people for the really cool day we had and for cheering me up when entering the venue Now real life is calling, but luckily I can get back into the Mikaworld in a bit over a week again. I'm already looking forward to that. I'm undecided what the best way of sharing photos these day is. So far I upload some of them over at Instagram where you can find me under @saslib. Not sure if it's possible to insert them here somehow or if I should make another upload? Ideas welcome!
  40. 13 points
    I managed to watch it via Hola and recorded Mika's part, the first few seconds are a bit blurry
  41. 13 points
    Hello, everyone! Well, we have finally nailed down the details for our pre-show party! We have booked a pub called The Pembroke near Earl's Court. WHO: MFC! WHAT: PRE-LONDON SHOW PARTY WHERE: The Pembroke 261 Old Brompton Road London SW5 9JA WHEN: SATURDAY, 9 NOVEMBER. 5 P.M. TO 8 P.M. COST: £10/person. This goes toward the hire fee for the space and finger foods. DRINKS ARE EXTRA AND ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! We also would like to send Mika flowers from the fan club as a whole, to celebrate the start of the Revelation Tour. If you would like to contribute toward flowers, you can tack on a few extra pounds to your party contribution. So that we don't have to deal with collecting all that money on the day, we'd appreciate it if you could pay via the MFC's Paypal account if at all possible. If you don't have Paypal, or don't have a friend who can send your payment for you, don't worry. We will accept cash at the party! Also, you don't have to be attending the party to participate in the flowers -- you can send your contribution via our Paypal account, too, and I'll be sure to add your name to the note that we send along. The MFC's Paypal account is: mfcregister@gmail.com For your information, here are the finger foods that will be available: SEAFOOD PLATTER (we've pre-ordered 1 of these) Garlic King Prawns Beer Battered Haddock Fillets Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid Smoked Salmon Bites Crab Scotched Egg Cocktail & Tartar Dip MEAT PLATTER (we've pre-ordered 2 of these) Chorizo Chicken Skewers Mini Burgers Lamb & Courgette Skewers Beef Brisket Croquettes Ranch & BBQ Dip GARDEN PLATTER (we've pre-ordered 2 of these) Olives Greek Salad Hummus with Carrots & Celery Cheese & Onion Tarts Halloumi Fritters Tzatziki & Pitta We can change these pre-orders up to a week before the event, so please let us know what you think! What am I forgetting? Any questions? Let us know in the thread or DM me! Just 3 weeks to go! 🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️🤸‍♀️
  42. 13 points
    a long and beautiful interview. Raiplay direct link: https://www.raiplay.it/video/2019/10/domenica-in-a556b038-b8c7-4b4e-b35b-9cef29279b08.html and, the ones , who can't access it, can watch it on one of the following links: 1118Mb http://creativemedia3.rai.it/podcastcdn/raiuno_2/Domenica_In/Domenica_In_EP_Puntate/11161139_800.mp4 2469Mb http://creativemedia3.rai.it/podcastcdn/raiuno_2/Domenica_In/Domenica_In_EP_Puntate/11161139_1800.mp4 3290Mb http://creativemedia3.rai.it/podcastcdn/raiuno_2/Domenica_In/Domenica_In_EP_Puntate/11161139_2400.mp4 Mika on from about 47 min.
  43. 13 points
    Lotus Chinese traditional painting style. https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/lotus-chinese-traditional-painting-style-75996697
  44. 12 points
    I still can't believe that it happened! So many emotions and amazing memories! It was my very first time so I cannot really compare it to anything. All I can say is that I've obviously watched many videos from his concerts so I thought I kinda knew what is ahead of me. Yet, this concert, it felt so different- I cannot properly explain, it truly felt special and turned out to be way better than I expected (and I expected it to be brilliant, so there's that!). I could really feel great energy coming from everywhere, from Mika and from the crowd! If this isn't what love looks and feels like, I don't know what does! I've listed few of my highlights, to keep them deeply in my heart, here they are: - turning off the lights for Love Today so we can dance like crazy and people around us won't see -a beautiful, beautiful tribute to his mum, before singing Elle Me Dit -the one time I was so close to having tears in my eyes at the beginning of Tiny Love but Mika said "f*ck how it's beautiful" seeing lights behind him and I just laughed -jumping on his piano on the way to the end of the stage and back, many times -letting this guy play Underwater for him -and that false goodbye before coming back with Grace Kelly and balloons (also, does anyone remember which song was he singing then? I mean just before he "left") Not to even mention Happy Ending off-mic, absolutely heart-warming performance of Paloma and then adding "I still thank God that you found me" at the end of Origin Of Love - I cannot find the words to describe how it made me feel. I really loved the show because some parts were really spectacular and well-prepared, like the whole piano thing, his dancing with Max, the way he was acting with light, the whole colour scheme. And some part were totally not planned and spontaneous. So his was a big big show but at the same time he was able to sit on the piano and tell us about his love for his mum. And I think it's this mix what made it feel so real, just like in life- there's a little bit of everything. But to be completely honest, I have one huge problem with all of that. I got addicted and need to see him again! I'm feeling sick, I've got to medicate myself!
  45. 12 points
    I'm full of emotions about yesterday's gig. It was the first time I saw the new stage set, I had exactly the place I wanted (that was the last gig of this tour that I could queue really early for, and although the queues that were nicely organised by @Statue_of_Liberty and @Ceriise got messed up by security people last minute, at least for me all went well), Mika let me know by some eye contact that he liked I was there, and he even waved goodbye when he left the venue, tho not sure he saw me there, I was too far in the back. It's a different feeling than the one I had after Zurich, more full of emotions than full of excitement. I described Zurich as "amazing", and I'd describe this one as "wonderful". The spark I had missed in London certainly was there, the setlist didn't feel too short, although in fact I think it was even one song shorter than in London (no Blue, Popular, Sanremo - instead Paloma and Elle me dit). There was a lot of extras though, like the colour changes, even a quick band introduction (yay, finally! ), and he dedicated EMD to his mum and showed his middle finger to the bad things life does (I didn't fully understand it at first, as he talked in French, and the sound was too bad for me to understand his words, but @ISAJF414 was so lovely to translate it for me after the show). I got videos of both of these moments, but the uploads didn't work this morning, will try again when I'm home (maybe tomorrow, as my train is delayed again). He asked the crowd at some point who would vote for English, Dutch or French, and French got the loudest cheers. Mika said he found a perfect solution, because if you dance, and you dance well, you don't need to talk. Here's my video of this: Indeed he talked all 3 languages during the gig, mostly French, some English, and one little part (which I didn't understand) in Dutch, he asked his drummer Wouter for translations for that. The huge stage set is absolutely beautiful, especially with the lighting... and it's 3D, I didn't notice that from the pix and videos! So some items are more in the front and some are more in the back, it's not all on the same level. Stunning! When he went back over the barriers after his bath in the crowd during BG, he did so right between Saskia and me. I might be wrong, but I had the feeling it was intentional, because he knew we'd leave him enough space and wouldn't try to touch him - well, Nina said that usually he climbs back at a different part of the barrier - so at least I can dream that it was intentional. Anyway, it was lovely to have him so close for a short moment. At the end of Underwater, a guy held up a folded banner and Mika gestured him to unfold it. It read "May I play a song (Tiny Love, Underwater) on the piano?". And Mika got him up on stage. He couldn't be sure what to expect, but it was good that he took this risk, because the guy played really well, and I'm sure it was an amazing experience for him to play piano for his idol on stage in front of thousands of people. Here's 2 pix and a part of my video, will upload a longer version later: What felt weird at this show was that Mika felt to me like a dear friend and like a complete stranger at the same time. He has changed, or rather, he has combined the "Jeckyll & Hyde" (Mika / Michael) within himself to one person, as he said in several interviews. In a way he's still "our" Mika, as he has always been, but at the same time he's different, he has a new side to him that I don't know yet - in some ways like in the "good old days", but not quite... I'm curious to get to know this new side of him. We left the venue right after the show, to maybe at least see him when he'd leave as early as he did in Zurich. When we saw the crowds leaving the venue on all sides though, and the traffic caused by this, we realized he either must've jumped right in the car or would still be there. It turned out the latter was the case. About an hour later, he left in his car, with Andy driving, and he got out of the car for a moment to wave to his fans, as you can see in a video on Instagram / Twitter (I retweetet it). I only saw that the car stopped but my view on him was blocked, as it was so crowded - I only saw him when the car passed by where I stood, and then he was gone. It wasn't a m&g, but it was very lovely of him to do that as a "thank you" to us, even getting out of the car for it, as opposed to just leaving and ignoring those who are waiting for him. Wonderful ending for a wonderful evening.
  46. 12 points
    Adding some videos here, while I still have Wifi: Talk before Lollipop: 20191122_214607.mp4 Happy Ending off-mic (and the guy who shouted Love you when I'm drunk 20191122_220511.mp4 LYWID first part: 20191122_220820.mp4 (I've posted the 2nd part on my IG mellody_mfc yesterday) He might've regretted asking us if we had any more song requests : 20191122_221315.mp4 Beginning of Good Guys: 20191122_221947.mp4
  47. 12 points
    Ok, report time. Seems like I will be the first. My report is probably one you had already read a lot on this forum: the report of a first time. I won't go on about my travel from Marseille because you probably don't care but just so you know, I nearly never came to Toulouse and at half past ten; this morning, I was nearly in tears on a sidewalk in Aix-en-Provence. But, then, suddenly, everything got better and even if I arrived way more later than I thought, I finally arrived in Toulouse, more than ready to see Mika. Because of the events of above, I only arrived at 6.30 pm. Obviously, the queue was huge and I was persuaded I would be very far from Mika. But I was ready for that. My aim for this first Mika gig (and first gig ever) was not to be on the front but just to enjoy. To my surprise, when I arrived in the concert hall, there was less people than I thought but, in my opinion, i was still way back from Mika. No problem, I find a place and seat. Being shy, I don't speak a lot with people around me but they seem nice. And there, I want to stop to describe them quickly: to my right and lef, two groups of friends (one of teens and one of young adults), in front of me two couples (one hetero and one gay) and behind me a mother and her daughter. I found it so representative of the diversity of Mika's public that I wanted to share it. Also, who was this girl with a multicolored bag who distributed colored bracelet in the back a bit after 7.00 pm? You seemed too much in your mission (and I was too shy) so I didn't dare to ask you if you were part of the MFC. But thank you for the bracelet and happy to have meet you, even if so briefly! Back to to the story. After one hour of wait, at 8.00 pm straight, the opening act began. It was a DJ (I don't remember his name, sorry. Nickrill or something like that). i don't know a lot about DJs but he did his best to warm us up and did a pretty good job at it. His set lasted 22 minutes and then back to waiting for Mika, this time! Then, I have to talk about two things that happened during the wait. First, a technician came to sweep the floor, I think (I wasn't near enough to see what he was doing). But, when he appeared, he was acclaimed as if he was the star of the night. And, then among the musics that were playing during our wait, suddenly came "Emmenez-moi" from Charles Aznavour. And, suddenly, everyone was singing, knowing pretty much every word of the song (me included obviously). But, at that moment, I couldn't help thinking that because of this two events, Mika must have thought of us as mad oldies.🧓👴. Must have been surprised when arriving on stage to see only a regular audience... Now, the main event: Mika! I have only one (unoriginal) word: MAGICAL!! Just before the beginning of Mika's discourse about the origin of Earth and of the Meeks, some people screamed on the back. We thought maybe Mika was there but saw nothing. Explanation from those in the back? After the intro, Mika came on stage (cue lot of screams) and sang Ice Cream and then Dear Jalousy (with the explanation about him being a jealous bastard and all). That when I realised that with the protruding stage, he was only some ten meters away from me at a time and, sometimes, I could see him rather well (and he is even more beautiful in reality!) Then came my favourite song: Origin of Love (with explanations too and a reference of pink being also Toulouse's color. Toulouse, city of desire?). I thought I would cry when hearing it since I dreamed so dearly to hear Mika singing it live. But, to my surprise, I just enjoyed it very very deeply. Followed Platform Ballerina, a great live song, very dancy and uplifting! And then , another moment of surprise. I knew Mika would come in the public at the next son: Big Girl and I was hoping a bit he would come near me since I was more in the front than a I thought. Well, he didn't pass just near me but I saw him only a few meters away from me ().When he got back on stage, he had strange white glasses that he wore than passed to Max who also wore them (a shout out to Maw, he was on 🔥 tonight!). Mika, then did Relax (I think, my memory is already hazy) and Tiny Love (with an explanation about violet being the color of the scary unknown). Then , came Underwater. At the end of it, we had a magical moment. Spontaneously, the audience lighted their phone like during the Heaven Tour. Mika went with it and called us his stars again (). He said that he liked big zeniths but that the bad side was that he couldn't see those far back (seated in the bleachers. So, he compared them to far away stars, then made them sing with lights on, then made us (on the ground) sing for them, with our back to the scene and finally made us all sing together. It was beautiful and one again, magical. The comic part came when he wanted to give back her phone to the fan he have taken it from. The fan wanted him to throw it but Mika feared breaking it. He talked about Toulouse being a city of rugby but that for his part, the only balloons he was good with was inflatable 4 foot balloons (cue!) When he began , Elle me dit, there was a big uproar in the room. Being the only song (entirely) in french, we sung it at the top of our lungs. Then, he began with Lollipop, and I think that was the moment when he was strike by this trance were he can say anything, a moment he sometimes regret later (from his own saying) but that we love very dearly! He began by trying to play his piano backward, half lying on it (hard to explain but very funny), like Mozart in the Amadeus movie (his explanation, not mine). Took him two times to get Lollipop's melody right in this position. He then seated normally at his piano and said: "I realise that those in front of me only see the piano and my foot" and then added "....and I just realised what those behind me can see. My big ass!" (while shaking his ass, which didn't seem to bother those behind him much!). He then began laughing and said that if his mother was there, she would come on stage and slap him while saying: "I don't care if you are 36, I'll slap you, moron!" (for saying a bad word, I suppose). He finished by adding in a small voice, like he was responding to his mother: "It's not my fault I have a big ass!" (No you don't, Mika!); When he finally began Lollipop (to stop saying more stupid things in his own words), we thought he was done with saying strange things. But then, during a musical interlude in the song, wanting us to sing, he compared us to a chorus of birds, more precisely Cinderella's chorus of birds. He then went on a tangent about how his favourite character in the movie was Gus Gus, the fat mouse who's eating all the wheat (if I remember well, it was corn, Mika!) and the cat and...we couldn't understand anything anymore (and him neither apparently). So, we finished Lollipop as a whole chorus of Cinderella animals, apparently... Mika also sang Tomorrow and Paloma. While singing, "fly, oh fly, Paloma", his piano (and him obviously) went up on a platform. It did happen at other moments in the show but this one was the more beautiful. Happy ending came then. I had always found him singing a capella beautiful but I hard time seeing it as "magical) as described by those who saw it live. That was until I found myself in an entirely silent room (of 11.000 people!!) with only the sound of Mika's voice, without artifice, reasoning in my ears. Yep, it's magical. The rest of the show was composed of Love Today and We are Golden. I won't give details on them, I'm already way too long. After a long and very noisy curtain call, he came back to sing Grace Kelly (with a part in french and a lot of very big inflatable multicolored balloons), Tiny Love (reprise) and Stay High. For that last one, he talked about the life outside making us feel "broken" sometimes and made us promise to Stay hiiiiiiigh! We then sang it for so long I had it in my head for the whole way back to my hotel (not a bad thing!). At the end of the song, a giant heart appeared from inside his piano. Again a Mika magic trick we all love! And then, after some very warm salutations, it was the end, already. I suddenly realised I was very tired, that I had been standing for two hours and an half and that I had screamed way too much (sorry for the ears of those near me!). While going out, I saw a lot of people, a lot of smiles, people singing bits of songs and big inflatable multicolored balloons everywhere (even in the tramway). Now, I can say I have participated in a magical moment on Underwater, been part of the chorus of "little bit of love on Happy Ending, sang like there was no tomorrow "We are not what you think we are!" and jump like there was no tomorrow either on Love Today! On the way back to my hotel, I was constantly holding my colored bracelet in my hand like the only proof it wasn't a beautiful dream of the first time I will go see Mika. That's all for me. Sorry for being so long, I wanted to say everything I remember before beginning to forget. Sorry for the spelling and grammar errors, too. It's too late and now, I will go to bed, dreaming of Mika!
  48. 12 points
    Here the translation into English of this very interesting interview with Pascal Negre - as Mika is mentioning - th guy who made Mika popular in France. Pascal Negre: Today my guest is Mika. Hello. Mika: Good morning. Q: Well, here we are, the new album has just been released. It took you some time. M: (laughs) It's interesting that you ask about it, because I usually brought you the CD and presented it to you. Q: However, it's been a long time. M: That's true. It took me four years ... even a little bit more. Q: But that's good. I will be honest. This is a great album. Listening to the previous two I did not fall into hysterical admiration, but this is the great, great Mika. And I say it straight. Once again, we discover your talent. Melodies, arrangements, voice! Well, let's turn the question machine on. Machine: How do you define your latest album: crazy pop-funk sound with an amazing voice or very personal with quite dark lyrics? M: Well, that's both of these things. This is the contrast: lyrics are very touching, personal and music is very joyful. But there is one difference and you, Pascal will understand it. You've always listened to my CDs before they were released. It's about the need of creation. Creating, communicating, sharing. And this can be seen in melodic lines, colors, arrangement intensity ... in energy, which is very gentle on the one hand and also very firm. You can feel that when I wrote these songs everything was boiling in me. And in all this I didn't care what others thought about it. At first I wondered maybe it was too melodic, too colorful. Are there too many images in this? I told myself: no, you have to give in to emotions and it is emotions that will guide me. And I don't care if anyone thinks the song is too melodic or too colorful. Because that's the only way I could find my insolence. The insolence that one has when writing the first album. And then life falls on you, the music industry falls on you ... And even if there are good people in this industry, the industry itself becomes a monster that surrounds you. And you have to free yourself from it. And this is not easy. Q: Yes, indeed, Mika's latest album is very successful. Let's listen to "Dear Jealousy". Machine: Michael Holbrook or Mika? Q: The album title is "My Name Is Michael Holbrook". M: Yes My full name is Michael Holbrook Penniman Junior. Did you know that? No? Q: (laughing) You shortened it a lot. M: This is my dad's name. And if I have a son, I will call him Michael Holbrook Penniman the Third. And this is not aristocratic accretion at all. It comes from immigrants who came to America and adopted this Anglo-Saxon custom. So, first, second, third ... to show where they came from. Q: So you have your dad's names? M: Yes. And to make it funnier, I didn't know where I came from at all. That's why I walked in the footsteps of my dad's family to discover myself, to reset myself. And I started with this declaration, "my name is Michael Holbrook, I was born in 1983". That is why the album begins with the song "Tiny Love". Now I know that my name is Michael Holbrook Penniman Junior, but I am Mika, son of Michael and Joannie. And this is the most important thing. Machine: France, Italy, United States, Great Britain or Lebanon? M: How should I choose? Q: That's a lot of places! Okay France - you have no choice. You lived here. M: Yes, I lived here when I was a child. Now my home is primarily in the United States. This is where I built the recording studio where the last album was made. Q: Are you American? Your father is American. M: Yes. And I have an American passport. Which is strange, because at the same time I feel very European. And the proof is that I don't have a passport of any European country, and yet I feel European. And this is the main idea of the universality philosophy of Europe. Q: But Mika, where did you live? In France. In England? M: Yes, I lived in England for a long time. Q: All your childhood and youth is Europe, not the United States. M: Yes, it was Europe. And then, when my siblings scattered around the world, I stayed alone at home. I thought I should create something new. The United States seemed like a good idea because all my co-workers were there. All my albums were made there. My mother's family lives there. And even if I've never really lived there ... I speak English, my family is there ... and when I'm in Miami ... I bought a house where I have a recording studio ... Miami is a bit strange to me ... Q: Miami has its European side. It's also very Latin. M: It's very Latin and I like it very much. I don't like the European side too much, because it's primarily Europeans who come to have fun there. I am not like that. There is another thing ... my home is from the 1920s and is rather in Arabic style. It is built around the yard and is divided into a "design" part - we have a design studio, a residential part and a part where I create music. So it's a kind of miniature village. And there I am happy. I have never been very popular in the States … Q: And you have peace? M: I have peace, but when I give concerts, like during my recent tour, tickets even sell out for several performances in the same city. There's a lot going on there now. Even if you are a niche musician in the United States, you can have great success in Europe. And it's crazy. Machine: Text or music? M: Both things at once. Q: Do you write while composing music? It is interesting. M: Absolutely. I always do that. Always. The melody inspires the text. The lyrics inspire a melody. Q: So total synchronization? It's quite rare. Often people start with a melody. Or from a melody and a few words. Or they write the text first. For example, when Bashung (a French singer died in 2009) wrote all the lyrics, he thought the album was ready. Although not a single note of music has yet existed. And for you it happens simultaneously. M: Yes, it happens at the same time. It's like digging in the ground. I sit at the piano and start playing. I repeat the same words and repeat and repeat ... The words form sentences ... and the verse arises ... and I start looking for a chorus ... I have to enter into a sort of trance ... and suddenly ... I already know that I have a chorus. Then the temperature of my body changes ... .. Literally it does. My body temperature is changing. I feel hot and suddenly I have a feeling of self-esteem increasing. This is an explosion of endorphins and dopamine. And bam! I have a chorus! So the song is already here. And I'm playing over and over again looking for it with my fingers and my voice. I dig a song with my fingers. I carve it looking for the right sounds. Machine: George Michael, Prince or Michael Jackson? Q: There are different references on the disc. M: Yes There are references to all three. I will ask you something. Normally you ask questions ... we know each other for years and I respect you very much ... You are the person who really promoted me here i(n France)... I know that and that's why I say it. Even if you speak little about it ... because for a very open person, you are very humble. And people don't know that. So, we are abusing your modesty and I want you to answer me, why nowadays pop music does not tell stories and is less sensual than in the 80's or in the early 90's? For example, sensuality, love stories that we hear in the dance songs of George Michael or Prince ... Suddenly something changed. "Backstreet Boys" arrived and... KLAM! BOOM! Sensuality has disappeared ... especially in male performance. Why? Q: Maybe it will sound strange. I think that this turbulent sexuality of both artists meant that their music contained this confusion. M: Hmmm. That this turbulence affected their music? Q: I think so. M: I understand. But I also think that pop music has become popular music. And this is a very big difference between pop and popular. Q: And to close this chapter I will add that I think that pop has shrunk. The space for pop music has shrunk. This is not urban music anymore. It's completely different. M: Exactly. Pop music should return to telling stories, to evoking emotions, which also entails the risk of being more sensual. More sexual, more like "enfant terrible." Because this space has shrunk, we notice the difference even more. And for me this is a very big advantage. And I really wanted to go in this direction, so that the colors and spirit of my album were even more pronounced. Q: What will we listen to now? Michael Jackson, Prince or George Michael? M: George Michael. Machine: The Voice - stop or contine? M: Stop. Q: Because you don't have time? M: I don't have time. But also because ... thanks to The Voice I became very open. Before The Voice - you can confirm it - I wasn't very talkative. I wasn't so open. I paid more attention to how I was perceived. And now, after six years of The Voice, I released an album on which I open up much more. Even in interviews I am ... I got rid of this unnecessary modesty in the way I speak. Q: So The Voice was a great adventure? M: A great adventure. I had a great time. Q: Now your agenda is full, you will have a tour. It would be difficult for you to do everything at the same time. But I wonder if you also wanted to have time to breathe and stay fresh. M: Also. But where does the basis of inspiration come from? From my main work, that is songwriting and performance. To continue participating in projects such as The Voice, you must remain credible. When the source of inspiration dries, it will not work. Machine: Twitter or Instagram? Q: You are active in social media. M: I resisted for a while. But I understood that there is also some independence behind it. That you can do something without asking anyone for permission. And others are following you. I thought this might be a good idea. Of course, this has its good and bad sides in both applications. I think it's very easy to manipulate a photo. And it is said that one picture is worth a thousand words. Q: You can misinterpret the photo. M: Contrary to appearances, Instagram is more commercial and Twitter is more information. And I have to admit to you that when something important happens, I don't open news pages, I go on Twitter. The only important thing is that you need to have some discipline to distinguish what is real from what is false. We waste a lot of time reading what is false and do not even realize that we are being manipulated. We live in a time of a new way of education that did not exist in the past. There used to be books, we had teachers, everything was rather institutionalized. Q: We got news from the press. And we knew that this newspaper was more on the right, the one on the left, another more communist ... M: Yes, and now nobody knows what's going on. Everything is similar to each other. And this may not be anything new, but the problem with Twitter is that we are attracted by those who make the most noise. And they are usually not the right people to speak on a subjet. And we fall into the trap. Machine: Recording studio or stage? M: Ha. There are two different people. Maybe Michael Holbrook is more like the one in the studio. Now. Especially with this album. And Mika is on stage. It wasn't like that before. But with an album that tells all those true stories ... it allows me to revisit my older songs again. But the show is quite different. I think when you come to my show at Bercy or somewhere else, you'll notice the difference. Bercy is December 22. I remember because I had to cancel my Christmas holiday. Q: Just a reminder that the concerts will be in all Zenith halls in France M: We start in Pau. Q: This is a really big tour. M: Yes It started in the United States, then it was Mexico. Now Europe. Q: The first date (in France) is November 15 and it is actually Zenith in Pau. M: And I designed a scene that resembles a sunbeame. And different colors of light "sends" me to the audience. All musicians will be quite far behind. I removed the dancers. I removed the LED screens. There will of course be screens so that I can be seen from afar. But there will be no screens behind me. I didn't want a program where people eat pop-corn, drink beer, go to the toilet. I wanted to do a show where during one and a half hours, one hours and 45 minutes people would not want to lose even a second. I was inspired by George Michael's one-man show, where the orchestra was behind the curtain. Jacques Brel was also able to give a performance using a curtain. Q: And only one spotlight. M: And this is it. You can make a performance that resembles many others. You can spend 14 million on the sceography, and yet it will be the same aesthetics, the same perception we've seen before. And I wanted to avoid it. Me it's me. Are screens everywhere? I say goodbye to them. And I prefer to have a set that I designed in my kitchen. Machine: Your dad, your sisters or mother? M: And what is this question? I hope that in the future artificial intelligence will not be as unpleasant and firm as your machine. To quarrel a family by a robot is not a good future. Q: Family is very important to you? M: Even very, very important. Q: To the point that there are songs on the new record about certain members of your family. Almost all! M: About everyone. We are a clan. A clan that supports itself. Every time a challenge meets us in life, we are able to gather ourselves thanks to the strength of the clan. It's the energy of every clan member. This is collective energy. Q: The challenge, it may be to leave the country because of the war. Your father who was detained for a long time because he was in the wrong place and a wrong time in Kuwait. It could be a disease. M: It could be a disease. Bankruptcy. Loss of home - which happened to us several times when I was a child. It could be illness or death. During the period when I wrote new songs, I lost several people. People who appeared in my videos, people who inspired me. They were close people living in the shadows. Or, for example, my mother's illness. Q: How is she now? M: It's complicated. She is happy that ... Q: She is a warrior. An amazing woman! M: Yes, she is a warrior. but it's complicated. It's a complicated disease ... but it can touch everyone. I think there are similar cases in every family. And I thought, why not pay tribute to a person who has always lived in the shadows; the person who shaped me. There are many people who dedicated their works to their mother or father or to a person who changed their lives and they did it too late. My mother is a warrior and she will fight with all her strength. And when you are in such a situation of uncertainty about illness or awareness of the fragility of life, it is good to talk about it, respect it, and shed some light on that person. Why not? Q: You are right. It is good to tell people that we admire them while they are still with us. M: Yes But you know that my relationship with my mother is quite strange. You have seen how it looks. We are very attached to each other, but we can have hard time. Q: She can be tough. She is very protective of you, but she can be very sharp as well. M: People are often shocked when they see us working together. What? This is mother and son ?! And at the same time, she trained me three hours a day when I was seven. And I didn't want to do it at all. Absolutely. I thought: she is crazy and she is very bad. Machine: Child, teenager or adult? M: Adult. Q: You answered without hesitation. M: Yes I don't want to be a child or teenager again. A teenager? Oh no!!!!!! Please !!!! I'll tell you something. Hell ... I went to a Roman Catholic school ... There is no fire in hell. The fire is for barbecue, in heaven. There is no red color in hell. I like red. Red is not a hellish color. Do you want to know what's in hell? There are first kisses in hell. Again and again. The first kiss is something worst. In hell there is a moment when we felt embarrassed for the first time. But really very embarrassed. There are memories of the first days at school, at the university. There is a moment when we have failed most. There are all those things that happened to us when we were teenagers. All these exams are there. Even the ones we didn't even know existed! All these experiences are repeated again and again ... daily. And this is hell. If you go to hell, you will experience your teenage time all the time. Machine: The right to be different or the right to be indifferent? M: Aaaaa ... I think tolerance of differences is the most important thing. Not only the right to be different, but also tolerance. Indifference and tolerance must not be mistaken. These two things are absolutely not the same. One is born of love and the other of selfishness or egocentrism. Tolerance comes from provocation, which can be difficult or even brutal. Tolerance is something that you have to defend, you have to fight for it. And when you have it, you also need to protect it. Q: Yes. I agree with you. This is not always obvious. M: This is not obvious. And the reasons can be different. It can be sexual orientation, race ... religion. And indifference is associated with ignorance. And ignorance is much easier to manipulate towards intolerance. That is why we must be careful and not be fooled by people who pretend to defend our interests. They are very smart and know well how to manipulate us for their own benefit. And here we return to our conversation about Twitter: when anger arises and a lot of noise is made to have as many followers as possible. And this is very unhealthy. Machine: Strong or weak? M: Strong or weak? .... Take, for example, a diamond. What is this? Have you ever worn a diamond? You never worn a diamond? Even so tiny? Even an earring? Q: I don't wear earrings. With my ears? M: But what is the structure of a diamond? Q: This is carbon. M: And everyone thinks it's hard. But when you take the hammer, you can break it in two seconds. And it turns into dust. I like the idea that you can be very strong and at the same time remain fragile. Q: We can find it on your album. This duality. There are moments of weakness and there are moments when you are strong. M: That's true. I can tell you ... what's your robot's name? Q: Just „Machine”. M: Machine? You are horrible! I'm sorry, Machine, he is not nice to you. I think your artificial intelligence doesn't understand the paradox. She doesn't see contrasts. Every time she asks a question, both answers are correct. Strong or weak? Both. How can be both? (Mika changes his voice) How can be both? And because you can live with a certain amount of duality. (Mika changes his voice again) Duality is not possible. Choose a different answer. Q: It's just a machine. It is not always sensitive enough. Machine: To love or to be loved? M: She doesn't really have a machine voice. You couldn't make her voice more .... more ... I don't know ... her voice resembles that of a barmaid in a cafe. She is 67 years old. She smoked too many cigarettes. She plays Bingo every Saturday. And she has many lovers. It's a bit like Marge Simpson. Q: Answer the question. Machine: To love or to be loved? M: (changes voice) To love or to be loved? This machine is so old! Artificial intelligence should not resemble your great-grandmother! When you call SNCF (French railway company) or Air France because your luggage is lost, you hear that voice. They are all the same age. "Welcome to Air France." "Welcome to SNCF". "And your machine squawks: „To love or to be loved?" My answer is: to love .... To love and to be loved!!! There is no good answer. This question is stupid! You can't have one without the other. You'll agree with me? Q: But the main question is: what do you need more? M: Oh! ... To love. Q: Interesting. Because most artists would answer "to be loved". They are looking for love. And for you it's opposite. To love means to give. And not to receive Of course, we give and receive in love. And giving is more important to you. This is surprising. People prefer to receive. M: But to love is more interesting. Because you are in ... when it's not platonic love, you have to convince the other person. You have to work on it. This is something that makes you feel alive. Yes, to love. And if at some point you also become loved ... this is your bonus. Q: But is this a battle? Sometimes people don't repay with love. They give a s**t. It already happened to you. M: You can love people who give a s**t - they are fools ... or just "not a man to be". I think you can love people who like you... It's OK. .... And we never love in the same way. I believe that our love for someone is constantly changing. And it's okay that sometimes there is more of love and sometimes a lot less. But love is always present. Q: (joking) Yes. You can say so when you have less of love. You can say that soon there will be more of love again. M: All right. Let's get back to your machine. But really, who is this woman? I hope this is not your friend. Because if this is a secretary from downstairs, then certainly she will not let me in next time. Machine: Devil or God? M: Ufffffff ... There is a song on the album that says there's a bit of God in everything. Q: Apparently the machine was listening to your new CD! M: This is the song "I Went to Hell Last Night". It's a song about addiction. It talks about someone I know, whom I like. This is someone who has returned to addiction. And when you know it, it is very difficult to look at such a person. It is……. Q: Addiction, it can be alcohol, drugs ... M: Yes It is very difficult to come to terms with it. Because on the one hand you start to hate this person; you blame him/her. And at the same time you know that it is not the person's fault, but something else, that it is a disease. And I wanted to describe these experiences in the words of the song. Q: Do you ... believe in God? M: I believe in God. I went to schools where there was a lot of teaching catechism. I also sang in church choirs. I can quote you various passages in the mass. For example in Latin. I can do it even now. If we went to mass, I would be the only person who would know all the passages and answers. But on the other hand, I don't like religious policy. I think many things do not match with my inner current faith. This is a big problem because I know I am not alone in this. Although I like spirituality, I think the stories we were taught from the Old and New Testaments are not THE TRUTH. And that by studying these texts you can get ... you can learn the wisdom hidden there. I accept the concept of God and find it very useful. Was the Earth created in one week? Was the universe created in one week? Was there an apple and a snake? Is my sexual orientation a sin and will I go to hell? No. Machine: Intimate or universal? M: Universality does not exclude intimacy. Universality is the most important idea. This idea has been defended by people for hundreds of years. Since the Renaissance, Enlightenment. Victor Hugo often said that universality connects with humanity. Only by deep acceptance of universality can we save humanity. Give it happiness and peace. When we see this young activist Greta Thunberg, who has a lot of courage in her ... I think that this girl doesn't expresses herself in the way children her age do. There is a lot of emotion in what she says, but when we listen to what she says, we will hear this message about universality. And I think that intimacy can also lead to universality. Q: That's right. On your album you talk about very intimate things, which suddenly turn out to be very universal, because they can affect each of us. When we dare to tell our personal stories - someone may consider it to be a story about your life - but it's absolutely not. Because you are really talking about things that affect everyone. M: We all experience the same. It all depends on how you tell about your experiences. Q: Because in my opinion, your latest album is the most personal album in your career. Just after the first album. Well, just like the first album. M: On the first album I used the characters I created: Billy Brown, Lollipop Girl, Big Girl ... cartoon characters. Q: And on this record, not a single character. M: Yes, because I understood that the people around me are more funny, interesting and more colorful than the characters I puton the first album. Q: And it's over. We spent an hour together. I hope that we encouraged listeners to buy and listen to the new Mika's album. Because this is a really great record. And above all, go to Mika's concert. Because if you didn't see him on stage, you lost a lot. The concert tour in France begins on November 15, 2019 in all Zenith halls. Of course, Zenith in Paris is too small, so the concert will take place ... in Bercy. And this will be when? M: December 22. Q: Just before Christmas. M: Will you come? Are you here in Paris during Christmas? Q: If you invite me, I will definitely come. M: I invite you then. And then we'll have a party. END
  49. 12 points
    Buckle up, this is going to be a long one. After the New York show I told everyone I'd be happy with just that -- the show was amazing, the songs were fresh and creative, Mika was beautiful. It was lucky that I could see him a couple more times on this tour, but just that one show would have been enough for me. I was so, so wrong. San Francisco (my 12th time seeing Mika) may very well have been the best concert ever. I was jetlagged. We queued for a while—starting at 1:30pm or so. No one saw Mika go into the venue, even though we watched the band trickle in and saw them unloading equipment. A couple jaunts by the open venue door let us hear soundcheck, but we weren’t sure: is it just Max in there, singing Tiny Love? Is that why no one’s singing the ‘my name is Michael Holbrook’ line? Or is Mika inside and somehow escaped notice of the dozen of us who had been there all afternoon? Getting into the venue was smooth. Though the queue line wrapped all the way down the block and around a parking lot, they loaded people in slowly, in an orderly fashion (nothing like New York!). 77red and I found ourselves on the piano side of the stage, at the barrier. Venue had a much smaller stage than Brooklyn Steel, and was overall more compact. They had chandeliers hanging I enjoyed the Kiesza set more tonight. She seemed more at ease than in New York, and noticed some of the front row French fans who had been to all the shows – she called them “the groupies”! We sang along to her songs which she seemed to get a kick out of, and the crowd was enthusiastic about her performance of Hideaway. Listen: it was all great up to this point, but something was different when the band came out and the intro was playing. The venue was electric. And it just exploded when Mika skipped out to Ice Cream. He was smiling very visibly, so happy and energetic. Jealousy was fantastic tonight. He intro’d with the jealous bastard line then launched into it. Something I noticed especially tonight was the harmonizing with the band. Relax was a good way to loosen up the crowd. Max cracked me up—this was the only song where he came to the front of the stage to accompany Mika and he strutted up like he was a little bird. He and Mika synced up for the Relax jump (you can see this in the photo above!) which was awesome. After TOOL, Mika told us about his day which seemed to explain his good mood. It was actually pretty funny, the keyboardist was playing some accompaniment and Mika told him to stop because the story was so incredibly stupid. He said he woke up in an absolutely rotten mood (like his mother and grandmother and great-grandmothers) and tried to use his phone but was out of data! He walked out to get a coffee, and asked the barista how to get to the Fillmore. Barista said “that’s an area” and walked away. Mika tried again – asked someone if he could catch a cab on the street. They said “catch a Lyft?” – obviously, not possible, no data! So finally Mika walked up to someone who looked like a nice lady, and asked her how to get to the Fillmore, the venue. She said she wasn’t sure, then walked over to a friend, ostensibly to ask for directions. Mika said he stood there for about four minutes, fully expecting her to come back and tell him how to get to the venue, only to finally realize…she just went and had another conversation. He was extremely pissed off and ended up walking an hour and twenty minutes to the venue! Here’s our explanation for why no one saw him walk in! Rather than pulling up in a car, he just walked right in, before everyone! He said he arrived before the band, and had one of his “best ever dancing moments” on the empty Fillmore floor. And he had to do it again …. That’s when Big Girl started and Mika with his long legs just stepped over the barrier and into the crowd. He walked all the way to the middle of the floor and the entire place went nuts. He had taken his jacket off but put it back on before Big Girl, and before he told this whole story. Said something along the lines of, “some songs deserve a jacket.” Just cracked me up that the song that deserved a jacket… was Big Girl. Blue is an amazing song. Even tonight, Mika’s voice broke a bit (he mentioned after the show he is getting a cold) but being so close I was in awe of the vocal performance. He is doing things on this song that I’ve never heard him do. Blue absolutely quiets the venue—this happened in Brooklyn too—it’s a short, tender song but everyone shuts up and listens to it in awe. We’re so lucky to see it on this tour. It’s slow, and very challenging. I don’t know how many subsequent tours he will perform it. Feeling blessed. The transition from Blue to Underwater is brilliant—it’s a slow song to a slow song, but the crowd reacted so well to Underwater. I love that song but didn’t expect that it would get such a loud cheer from everyone. Next up was Lollipop. Mika told us a story about how the Fillmore venue creates a poster for any artist that sells the venue out. Back in 2007, they created him a poster for selling out … that was a hand holding a huge lollipop. And for tonight’s show, they created him a poster … that was a huge banana split with dolloped cherries and big ice cream bars. He talked about being a grumpy old man, sitting in his grumpy old chair, looking at these posters hanging on his wall with his grandchildren … and having to say that his crowning achievements were all documented by penis imagery. The whole crowd was in stitches at this point – and Mika added on that society will probably be in a place by then that his grandkid probably wouldn’t care at all. Tonight even more than New York it was fun to watch the band chemistry. Mika had a ton of energy and was playing piano longer, or breaking off a song to monologue, and it was fun to watch the band make eye contact with each other to stay in sync. This was especially apparent in Lollipop – they started off with the piano battle as usual and then Mika just stopped playing and started talking. The band were looking around and trying to guess when to actually start the song. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a performance of Popular Song more than this. The whole crowd was belting out the “la-la’s” even before the first verse, and that blew Mika away. He kept having the crowd take it over because we were so loud. Tomorrow had no intro as he did in New York. He just launched right into it. Indy and I have been looking forward to this song since we heard it Friday. I was trying not to expect that he would play it (since he skipped it in Montreal) but when it started we just went gaga. The verses. The chorus. The crowd was actually tentative at first but by the second verse the spell was cast. This song is one for the ages. Indy and I were jumping and yelling IN THE BACKSET OF MY VINTAGE BENZ at every chorus, it was perfect. Happy Ending. No mic. NO MIC. Nuff said. During Love Today, he laid his whole body down on the stage and as the band started playing, yelled out “Can you hear that?? That’s my big heart beating.” I cannot stress enough how jubilant Mika seemed at this show. He had us all close our eyes and “dance like no one is watching, and,” if I heard right, “scream like it’s your last shower on earth.” And the crowd did, we did we did! This whole venue seemed to know all his songs, up and down the albums. Much more than New York this was noticeable. Also noticeable – Mika never went offstage to change into a T-shirt. Did he forget! Did he not need to? After the encore, he and the band came back on. He had put the tee on at that point, but forgot to tuck it in, so he made a big show of doing it on stage. In the Grace Kelly intro, he did his knock bit, and then identified an audience member who he thought had a sexy voice. He kept trying to get this one guy to answer his knocking, the audience totally didn’t get it, and everyone kept screaming when he knocked. And we screamed even more when he finally gave up and said “I want to talk to you …” Unlike in New York, Mika didn’t cuddle or grind on his band mates during any of the songs, but he did introduce everyone during the bows. He just yelled everyone’s names – they all left the stage, and he stayed out smiling and waving for a while. Just overcome. Such a beautiful moment. After the show, they gave out posters and apples to everyone who was leaving. A big crowd of use congregated, and the venue set up some barricades for folks to wait behind. Mika’s manager came out and said “we’re going to bring Mika out” (so funny – like he’s an animal!) and said no selfies, just autographs. Mika walked out with his dorky backpack and his dimples looking like an absolute doll. He probably spent 30 minutes making sure to speak with every single person, sign every poster, and answer every question. So, so gracious and patient. Indy and I got to thank him for tonight. I tried to ask if he thought it was the best gig ever, and he looked me in the eye and said “I loved it.” He apologized for having been away for so long—I know he doesn’t remember that we saw him in this same city 10 years ago, but it kind of felt like it. He also told us he noticed us going wild during Tomorrow. We said, of course! It’s an amazing song. So thankful for our kind-hearted and infinitely talented pop star. This show left me so empty and so, so full. Mike4life13! I'll upload some photos/videos in a bit.
  50. 12 points
    Vanity Fair Italia 17 settembre 2019 https://www.vanityfair.it/music/storie-music/2019/09/17/mika-canzoni-ice-cream-nuovo-album-gossip-vita-privata-intervista-vanity-fair Mika: «Il dramma che mi ha allontanato da mio padre, le pressioni di mia madre, il dolore di mia sorella» La crisi è arrivata dopo dodici anni di successo internazionale. Così, prima di scrivere il suo nuovo album, la popstar ha fatto pace con il suo passato. E lo racconta in esclusiva a Vanity Fair «Volevo prendere le distanze da Mika. Per spiegare devo tornare alla mia storia familiare, la stessa da cui sono partito quattro anni fa quando sono andato in crisi. Usare il nome dell’anagrafe mi ha permesso di rivedere i rapporti con la mia famiglia con uno sguardo diverso, più adulto e coraggioso». My Name is Michael Holbrook – titolo del nuovo album di Mika, e il primo verso di Tiny Love, la canzone che apre questo disco, a quattro anni da No Place in Heaven – nasce da una crisi creativa e da una rivelazione, come il musicista spiega in una coraggiosa intervista esclusiva al nostro giornale, che gli dedica la copertina del numero in edicola da mercoledì 18 settembre. La rivelazione, racconta, è avvenuta due anni fa in un cimitero della Georgia, nel Sud degli Stati Uniti, davanti alle tombe degli antenati su cui era inciso il cognome paterno, Penniman, e in alcuni casi anche i suoi due nomi di battesimo, Michael Holbrook. «Non sapevo da che parte cominciare, ero in piena crisi creativa, nel senso che non avevo niente da dire. Così, come sempre in queste situazioni, mi sono detto che dovevo buttarmi verso l’ignoto, e per me l’ignoto è la famiglia di mio padre. Vedere il mio nome su tutte quelle tombe mi ha esaltato, è stato bello conoscere quel pezzo della mia identità ancora inesplorato. Ho sentito il bisogno di difendere le mie radici e ho cominciato a scrivere: My Name is Michael Holbrook, I was born in 1983. Mi chiamo Michael Holbrook, sono nato nel 1983». Il distacco dal padre, Mika rivela per la prima volta, avvenne quando lui era bambino: «Avevo sette anni. Mio padre, consulente finanziario, era stato preso in ostaggio in Kuwait nell’ambasciata americana. È tornato sette mesi dopo, completamente cambiato. Prima era papà, poi era Mike: non riuscivamo più a chiamarlo papà, quell’uomo magro con la barba, che aveva vissuto cose fortissime, noi figli non lo riconoscevamo più». Quel trauma coincise con «un tracollo economico, abbiamo perso la casa, con i creditori che venivano a pignorarci i mobili. Così ci siamo trasferiti a Londra dove abbiamo vissuto in un bed and breakfast per due anni. Dovevamo ricostruire la nostra vita da zero. È in quel momento che tutti i miei problemi esplodono, su tutti la dislessia, e poi l’insegnante violenta e l’espulsione da scuola». E a quel punto, spiega, nasce Mika il musicista: «Mia madre viene da me e mi dice: ok, adesso tu vai a lavorare; o sarai un fallimento totale o un grande successo; se fallisci, uno come te non può che finire in prigione. Non so perché lo diceva, oggi può sembrare una frase buffa, ma è stata l’ossessione della mia vita. Lo spauracchio del fallimento ha cominciato a perseguitarmi da quando ero bambino. Mia madre mi mette sotto con il canto: quattro ore di esercizio al giorno. Non voleva la popstar: per me voleva il successo, che per lei significa coltivare un talento creativo, trovare soddisfazione nell’espressione artistica, che è come un superpotere che nessuno può toglierti e che ti dà la vera libertà. Ma la mia nuova vita di allenamento costante mi ha allontanato ancora di più da mio padre. Perché a quel punto ero diventato un progetto: il progetto di mia madre». Non si è mai sentito sfruttato «perché sapevo che era quello il mio futuro. Mia mamma aveva riconosciuto il talento in me». Ma la responsabilità è stata pesante: «Mia madre accettava lavori in tutta Europa, anche quando non ci venivano pagati il viaggio e l’albergo. E così io, lei e le mie sorelle Jasmine e Paloma ci trovavamo a dormire nella nostra vecchia Toyota Previa, fuori dal teatro in cui avrei dovuto esibirmi. Il progetto Mika è stato uno sforzo collettivo, di tutta la famiglia. Una pressione fortissima, che sento ancora oggi, ogni giorno della mia vita. Mia sorella Paloma, per esempio, avrebbe sempre voluto fare l’attrice, ma non ha mai potuto farlo perché è nata con una semi paralisi alla parte sinistra del corpo. Per lei sono un punto d’orgoglio ma anche motivo di tristezza». Una canzone del nuovo album è dedicata proprio a lei, e alla tragedia vissuta nove anni fa, che Mika ci racconta per la prima volta. «Paloma fumava alla finestra, ma siccome non ha molto equilibrio per via della semi paralisi, è caduta giù dal quarto piano, e cadendo è rimasta infilzata in una cancellata. Mi hanno chiamato, ero l’unico familiare a Londra. Mi dicono: vada a salutare sua sorella, morirà, non c’è niente da fare. Mi avvicino, era una scena terribile. Le dico: ciao Paloma. E lei: puoi dire a questi stronzi di lasciarmi in pace, visto che devo alzarmi? Così guardo la dottoressa: mi scusi, ma questa non muore. Visto che non potevano semplicemente sfilarla, hanno segato il cancello e l’hanno portata via ancora con le aste che le trafiggevano il corpo». Oggi, spiega Mika nell’intervista, chiama suo padre «Pa»: «“Daddy” non riesco». Ma il rapporto è stato recuperato, anche grazie all’introspezione da cui è nato il nuovo album. Con un epilogo a sorpresa, però: «In quel cimitero a Savannah ho visto la parte della mia vita che non aveva niente a che vedere con mia madre, con la mia carriera, con la Toyota Previa. Una via d’uscita finalmente. In albergo mi sono messo a scrivere Tiny Love, poi è arrivata la telefonata che ha cambiato tutto. È mio padre che dice: devi venire qui a Dubai, tua mamma sta molto male, ha un problema al cuore, deve fare un intervento e rischia la vita. Come una punizione, nel momento in cui tentavo di emanciparmi da mia madre e dalla mia famiglia, quella telefonata mi ha riportato a casa». In un brano dell’album, Tiny Love Reprise, cantano la madre e Paloma: «È un messaggio verso il futuro: facciamo pace con il passato, anche con la paura. Questa è la vita e noi abbiamo il nostro tiny love, il nostro amore piccolo piccolo. Ho iniziato con l’idea che il personaggio di Mika, la mia musica erano stati presi da me contro la mia volontà. Poi ho capito che non era vero, che non è stata tutta una costruzione di mia madre, l’ho voluto io. Ho fatto pace con gli ultimi 12 anni. Perché l’unico modo che conosco per vivere ed esprimermi è creare musica, scrivere, esibirmi. Senza questo non esisto».