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  1. Yes, that's what Melissa (the fan who posted it on Facebook) suspects. She has bought tickets but atm she doesn't think it'll take place because of the virus and because an official confirmation is missing.
  2. Hmm, that's also a possible interpretation. But as he says "For the moment, it works perfectly", it rather sounds like it's still a current situation (at least if the translation is correct). What I think he means is being emotionally detached, not letting things get under his skin so easily. Either because he would've gone crazy without this step, after all the things that happened to him. If life hits you like that again and again and again, you just need a certain detachment to stay sane (although in a way I'd also find that worrying, because the feelings don't just go away forever but will come back at some point...). And/or because for finding himself, he can't care so much about the worries and problems of other people. He's very empathic, very sensitive, and I think it's good for him if he manages to see things from a distance, certainly not surprising that he's happier that way. And with that point I do indeed see a link to the missing m&g's - because he knows that some fans will be sad or disappointed if he doesn't meet them like he used to, but he does what he feels is good for him (as we have assumed previously on this thread) instead of feeling bad because we might be disappointed.
  3. Ah, now also the paragraph about the album makes a lot more sense: (still laughing about the "adult wine career", LOL! ) As a prelude to his world tour, Mika released a new album last fall, soberly titled My Name Is Michael Holbrook, which is his real civilian surname. "This album is not a destination, I rather see it as a new beginning. After the first album, that of discovery, I made one more introspective, and another more provocative. I had different phases. "However, the singer had the impression that this fifth album would mark a turning point. "I realized that my adult career has just started with this new record on which we find, strangely, the candor, the sparkling side, almost an unconscious naivety, very adult and very amazed. It all happened when I started to confront things by supporting myself and tolerating myself, no longer by putting my weight on the shoulders of my mother, my sisters or my team. By claiming this civil name, which I have rejected all my life, I assumed myself more. I am now very curious to know who I will become. ”
  4. Ah, thanks, that explains it then - I thought it was some sort of Canadian French that Google doesn't understand. OK I think I get it now, he says he's scared of the TV show because he's a control freak and he doesn't know anything apart from an interview he had done before Christmas, before which he had drunk 2 glasses of wine. - Right?
  5. I find this part of a recent Canadian interview very interesting, especially the bolded part (the rest I posted here just so you get the context without reading the whole interview): ... and I assume also from his fans. Not that I understand his logic there (probably because it isn't logical but his way to deal with his feelings), but it fits to the distance I feel from him these days, it fits to not partying with his friends after the Bercy gig, and well, I don't really know if it fits to the missing m&g's, after all he has done some in the US, Canada and Barcelona... but it certainly explains a few things I had been wondering about.
  6. That explains a lot. And good that it makes him happy. I just hope Andy is happy with it as well. I don't understand the first few paragraphs of this interview at all though, up until where he talks about that he didn't think his family would come to the show - could someone please translate what is said before that? Terrorized? Adult wine carreer? Google doesn't make any sense at all there.
  7. Btw I saw on that photographer's stories that my eyes haven't betrayed me in Mika's story of that fashion show, it was indeed Boy George performing there! I'm still wondering what that thing on Mika's neck is. On the first picture I saw, I thought it looked like the earpiece he's wearing for gigs, but that wouldn't make sense. On the closer pic I can see it's some sort of Pompom, but I wonder if it's part of the shirt, or a bit of his necklace? That trouser skirt / kilt, ah well, for a fashion show it's ok. Better than that Valentino coat, that thing looks like a tent. I like the orange/purple (half-open ) shirt tho, wouldn't mind to see him in that more often!
  8. When: 31st January. Where: As long as he doesn't say anything else, I suppose everywhere where you can also get his other albums. Hey, at least that post is better than "mikasoon"! Talking about bombs, I found the emoticons so funny that he added to the story about getting ready for that fashion show! The tools, the dynamite and the green chemicals, they really made me LOL!
  9. mellody

    GA shows

    Yes, it says GA seats on the ticket website. Generally seated gigs can be just as cool as standing ones, if the crowd is into it and the venue doesn't keep people from standing up and dancing. And yes, I think Montreal and Toronto are seated.
  10. I think I can spot him in frontrow of the viktorandrolf live IG video - tho the video quality isn't that good.
  11. 4 - 7 ° C sounds good - and the rain, they can never say that for sure a week in advance, so who knows.
  12. I don't think there's any way to watch it for free right now, except what Anna said. After all it's Pay TV. Would be interesting to know if it's possible to buy a subscription to the channel outside of France - they have an offer on their website for 20€/1 month, without any further obligations, but idk what's included in that, just says "Canal+". Someone wrote on Facebook that the concert will be available for streaming on their site until 2023, so maybe if you buy a one month subscription, you could watch it there? But I guess it's best to ask them first whether it's included, before buying a subscription.
  13. From an US ticket website, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mika-tickets-89152362115 : MIKA – Revelation Tour North America 2020 “Leave your troubles outside. Here, life is beautiful, everyone is beautiful, the girls are beautiful, the boys are beautiful,” a line from ‘Cabaret,’ international pop sensation MIKA begins every show with this invitation. It is on such philosophy that MIKA has built an unshakable career and catalogue. With his fifth studio album My Name Is Michael Holbrook out this October, MIKA has crafted a world of gritty romance amidst the joy and playfulness of technicolored alternative pop. He’s a renaissance artist of impeccable intention who’s name has rightfully found its way alongside legendary acts such as Elton John, Freddie Mercury and Prince. Born Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr. in 1983 as the third of five children, MIKA and his family were forced to leave war-torn Lebanon and relocate to Paris before settling in London after his father was held hostage at the American embassy in Kuwait. The tumultuous experience left a then seven-year-old MIKA disoriented and struggling with dyslexia in school where he was bullied relentlessly. In response, his mother put him in vocal lessons with a Russian opera teacher and a Scottish piano teacher practicing four hours daily. Learning to play piano and write songs while showing otherworldly vocal range, MIKA was quickly becoming a young virtuoso. He began recording with the Royal Opera House and was on the stage of a Richard Strauss opera by age 11. During rehearsals, MIKA caught glimpse of David Hockney designing the set, orchestrating a scene that captured young MIKA’s imagination, “It was a magical world that you could live in. A parallel universe for people that is illusory and enchanting.” The infatuation ultimately inspired MIKA’s calling card ability to create such effect through his music. Starting with his 2007 debut album Life In Cartoon Motion featuring mega-hit single “Grace Kelly,” MIKA presents a timeless atmosphere of vibrant sonic and visual allure. He is Grammy nominated, won a Brit Award and went on to release three additional platinum selling albums The Boy Who Knew Too Much, The Origin of Love, and No Place In Heaven. Throughout his career he’s toured the world, curated and hosted primetime variety and radio shows across Europe, won prestigious awards, served as the judge on France’s The Voice for the past six years, and has spearheaded a myriad of creative projects spanning from work as an illustrator, to a columnist and fashion designer. He speaks five languages, has sold over 10 million records, and is a certified Gold and Platinum artist in 32 countries worldwide. He now presents his fifth studio album My Name Is Michael Holbrook. “I hadn’t put out a record in four years. I didn’t know what to do when it came time to start the process and was honestly kind of at a loss,” MIKA admits. “I felt a little disappointed by the commercial side of the industry. I didn’t want to make a record by numbers or by committee. I wanted to make an uncontaminated, homemade pop record.” With a clear intention in need of inspiration, MIKA got in his car and started driving. “I needed a point of departure,” says MIKA. “So I physically looked for it.” What he found was the Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia where lie the Penniman plot, the gravestones where his father’s ancestors rest. “I wanted to find out where I came from and why my legal name is Michael Penniman Holbrook Junior,” says MIKA. Seeking to uncover the identity of MIKA before “Grace Kelly,” he found a profound sense of joy at his discovery. “I had the title of the album before I had the album. It was a manifesto. It was a challenge for me,” says MIKA. “And it was quite liberating.” When he returned to his home in Miami, he immediately wrote what would become the first song on the album, “Tiny Love.” “I went home, sat down at the piano and wrote the lyrics, ‘My name is Michael Holbrook, I was born in 1983. No I’m not losing my mind, it’s just this thing that you do to me. I feel high, I’m high with just a tiny love.’” The line unlocked the album’s directive. “Without realizing it, I was doing a kind of audit of my life and of my family and of the man I’ve become. I freed myself of the idea of MIKA.” Energized by his vision, MIKA was riding the high only to be jerked back down to earth at the abrupt and sobering news that his mother was going into emergency surgery. Putting the project on pause, MIKA went to Dubai to be with his mother and family. Destabilized, he nearly scrapped the album but instead came to a redemptive conclusion. “I decided to use it as a way to confront issues that I’ve never been brave enough to confront. I wanted to talk to my family with as much transparency and openness as possible.” Rooted in his father’s heritage, the album made a calculated turn back towards his mother - the woman who trained him, made his wardrobe for years on the road, and most importantly taught him never to follow and always to express himself fearlessly. One track on the album “Paloma” is named for his sister and recounts the traumatic memory of her near death experience after she fell from a window. And so it became much more than an album, but a healing process. “I had a sense of urgency to transform pain into something beautiful and more hopeful,” says MIKA. “A brazen sense of poetry where color’s ok, emotion is ok, melody is ok.” The sound took shape in the space of tension between the color and the pain creating friction and heat. MIKA embraced it. “The temperature is ok. You don’t have to just be cool. You can speak from the heart.” As the writing went on, MIKA began feeling lighter and freer. During this period he wrote “Ice Cream,” a 90s inspired pop anthem shimmering with the heat of summer and a poised sense of playfulness. After writing the album in home studios in Miami and Tuscany over the course of two years, MIKA went to Brussels to record with producers Marc Crew and Dan Priddy. Together they crafted soundscapes spanning different decades of pop tracking the entire album live using vintage synths and enlisting all star players from around the world. With the album completed MIKA prepares for a world tour where he’ll once again invite his audience to leave their troubles at the door. Like that of ‘Cabaret’s’ Kit Kat Klub, MIKA creates a “weird bubble of joy and dirtiness and possibility and music” tucked away from trouble, judgement or fear. Through the attitude, energy and movement of MIKA’s studied pop performance he provokes this sense of magic. “It’s the sort of dangerous energy where anything is possible,” he says. "If the temperature is high enough, if the energy is wicked enough, you can tell any story and defend it in the right way. Universality is in the pop music we love the most,” he says. “Pop is not just bubblegum. It can be dirty. It can be playful. It’s not just disposable. It does have a reason.” With My Name Is Michael Holbrook MIKA intimately shares his whole self with his audience. All he asks now is for us to do the same. “We don’t need perfection. We need character, we need emotion. To feel free to express yourself,” says MIKA. “Express yourself, you won’t be judged here.”
  14. Thread for pre-show chat. Please RSVP here for this event: