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  1. Stumbled on these videos last week and realized it's been 10 years. Holy cow. Thinking about Mama P today. She was such a big part of our shenanigans, Mika's shows and the fans' experiences. So sad to see her go. What a huge loss for her family and everyone lucky enough to meet her.
  2. I think it's because of the presale. Probably trying to curb people reselling tickets bought in the fan presale.
  3. It is only the platinum seats at that price. They fluctuate based on supply/demand. There were a pair of front row centre for $1300 at one point. 😫 Anyway you can get other decent seats for about $80.
  4. Lots of MFCers will be at the Montreal shows so feel free to say hi. Your English is way better than my French!
  5. Mika has such a huge audience in Québec compared to English speaking Canada I guess we're out of luck. I'm in Toronto and have seen him in Vancouver as well but that was when he was doing music full time so he had more extensive tours. You will enjoy LA though. Great fans in the US and you'll probably see a celeb or two at the show.
  6. I'm in the balcony both nights but will probably be hanging around before and after the shows if the weather cooperates. Looking forward to seeing everyone again!
  7. Mika must be chuffed to see these NA shows selling out. Well done!
  8. I don't think it was too little, it was a nice message. But probably a bit too late.
  9. Come on the night of the Old Wimmins was in the UK too! I agree about the setlist. It is just too same-old for me to go to multiple shows now. It's not even the greatest hits I object to, but he favours these mid-tempo songs with low energy/low emotion that were not even hits. I know it's hyper criticism on my part because plenty of other artists are not wowing me every single moment of their concert either, but I have just seen too many Mika shows to feel satisfied with so much "downtime" during a gig. It must have been nice to hear Rain and WAG and OMS though. And I would really love to see Any Other World again in London one day, with a live string section.
  10. This is exactly what gigs were like in Toronto when I was a teenager. As soon as the lights went down you could rush to the front so as long as you were seated in the first 10 or 15 rows you had no trouble being front row. Security is really strict now though and they give you a hard time if you even stand 6 inches into the aisle, away from your seat. A lot of big artists now have special stage arrangements where if you are in the pit I don't think you'd really have to queue or worry about coming or going because there is no "front". But those are expensive and hard to come by tickets. Totally agree with you about the new era, the slick show, etc. and how things must change. I find it too boring to inspire travelling to far flung destinations as well but this did seem like a much better setlist and energy than the October show. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. And thanks everyone for the pics. I caught some of the show on a periscope of a Chinese stream so it wasn't very clear and it's nice to see some sharp pics and vids.
  11. Don't you need to be a member to get access? It's not expensive but looks like you need a Chinese bank account...? Are there any Chinese speakers here who are planning to watch?
  12. Mika has never been more distracted by rubbish. Would love to hear the product of him being locked away for months instead of something he wrote in 15 minutes on the flight between Milan and Paris. I think he could also use some real time to live his life so he has something to write about besides how difficult it was to be a teenager.
  13. This is a showcase by his record company, not a regular gig. I don't know why Mika keeps telling people about this "invitation" thing. Maybe it applies to some countries like Russia or applies to music festivals, but in the UK and NA especially artists have booking agents whose job it is to arrange a tour for them. I am sure no one "invited" him to play the Palladium in London for example. He has multiple promoters when he does a North American tour so someone on Mika's end is coordinating it and not vice versa.
  14. He played the same venue in 2008. I thought they had reduced the setup so it was around 12,000 people or so, not sure if I remember correctly. This happened in Toronto with Adele as well a few years ago. They put the stage closer to the centre (instead of at one end) and put curtains behind to block off all the empty seats, so it is more intimate. I don't know about Montreal but in Toronto we only have one or two venues that hold more than 3,000 people but less than 20,000 and they are only open in the summer because they are outdoors. So if an artist needed 10,000 seats in October for example, they would reconfigure one of the sports arenas to make it the right size.
  15. That is my sense. I bet they didn't even listen to the show. On the topic of the show I finally finished listening to it and enjoyed it much more than his last guest spot on Radio 2. Sir Duke and September are two of my favourite all time songs. Tears Dry On Their Own is my favourite Amy Winehouse. There is something so bittersweet about it, like a reflection on her life and career. I don't like Paul Simon but Mrs. Robinson was great. Love love George Ezra. Saw him in the summer courtesy of Jimmy Sims who plays bass for him. He's so refreshingly different. That Tobias Jr. guy makes me want to slit my wrists with his horrible songs. When We Were Young is the only Adele song I absolutely cannot stand. But Mika did a good job with the cover. I am not crazy about some of the dated song choices like the Carpenters but most of these older songs have held up over the years and I still listen to them regularly. I guess American Pie falls into the dated category but it's always been one of my favs. Other favs in later years like George Michael and Seal. It's like Mika went through my old record collection.
  16. But surely there are plenty of people moaning about how XF winners' songs are crap too. Do they even play that stuff on Radio 2? If they do then maybe Mika's 40 year old playlist is not the right show for that station after all since people listening to top 40 generally are not listening to Earth, Wind & Fire and The Carpenters.
  17. I call things rubbish all the time, including some of Mika's songs if I'm honest! If you want to see some truly rude comments look at my Youtube videos. People would get banned from MFC for the things they say on there. This is what people do on the internet outside of this MFC bubble. Because it's BBC2, not the Mika show. I'm sure they just turned on their radio and had no idea what they were in for. Hopefully he pleasantly surprised some as well.
  18. Their tax dollars fund the BBC and they are entitled to have a say in what they like and don't like about the programming. The BBC Facebook page is not Mika's wall. It's not there for people to praise him. It seems like there is a balance of opinions to me so no harm done. I am sure one person or another will comment on every single thing they air as being rubbish so they are not going to take a handful of comments as a public outcry against having Mika on their station. There were people who said Grace Kelly was rubbish (and worse) but it didn't stop the song from being #1.
  19. Some people just don't like Mika's voice. Just like The Weeknd makes me want to punch a wall every time I hear his whiny voice and repetitive songs. People have different tastes. Rubbish (and not rubbish) is in the ear of the beholder. This is what you'll see occasionally you peek out into the real world, away from the "Mika is the most amazing artist ever" echo chamber.
  20. It sounds like people are just venting over some radio presenters getting sacked. Don't worry about it. I'm listening to it now and it's great.
  21. I liked the medley, especially Grace Kelly. Anyone know why he's going to Mexico? I thought the EMD wasn't too bad, especially the verses. It kind of loses the energy of the chorus though which is the whole appeal of the song.
  22. I am not trying to imply that he wouldn't care that he upset Jemma, just that he probably doesn't know. He is also very averse to fan related drama (you'll have to trust me on this ) so I don't think he would mention it on Twitter anyway. I did notice he was showing Rose some love last night though so maybe he has heard some general rumblings about UK fans. I don't even know if Mika knows how I am exactly but I have been lucky to go to gigs with fans he knows well and talk to people who worked with him all the time. His tour manager was very receptive and was on hand to make sure Mika got special gifts and security helped with the queue, etc. I don't think it's narcissism to be happy about people being like you but being upset and judgemental if they are not. Like he expects all of us to embrace everything about him and be like him. This is not normal
  23. Yes this is the point I am trying to make, the novelty has worn off. Maybe it sounds too harsh to characterize it as being "spoiled" but the reality is there can be no novelty in receiving gifts or having fans travel thousands of miles to see you when it happens every single day. Montreal was a novelty for everyone involved due to the nature of the shows, so that is an exception and not the rule in 2016. And even in that case Deb had to move heaven and earth to arrange a meeting with him. Obviously he wanted to see and thank fans but accessing him is nowhere near as easy as it used to be.
  24. I didn't say that. Like I said, he bought me lunch last year. He was sitting right by the door and we purposely sat farther into the restaurant so as not to disturb him because he was busy. He could have easily left without talking to us and obviously did not have to pay for our meal. He did exacty what he did for an MFCer in June of 2007 so as I said, I think he is as kind and generous as ever. All I am saying is that he is not in touch with his fans on a regular basis the way he used to be so don't expect him to do anything because of the upset caused regarding what he said about the Adelphi incident. Yes he was very aware and prepared for everyone coming to Montreal because his staff informed him via Deb. But in the old days fans who were at the gigs were talking to his tour manager and his partner every single day. I am not complaining about it or criticising Mika, just explaining the situation and how it has changed from earlier in Mika's career when his whole career revolved around touring and therefore staying in close touch with his fans.
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