I am perfectly aware that it's already been a month from the gig. And that we already have the video of the whole concert recorded by Chriss-MikaFan (I can't thank her enough for this treasure). But since no one has written anything so far, I thought to give my contribution if anyone is still interested or for future knowledge (I have spent lot of time reading concert reviews in order to organize myself in the best possible way, thank you all!). Sorry for being so late. Well, now let's get started. Sorry in advance for the length, I am very bad at summarizing
I went to the gig with my sister. We arrived in the morning between 11 and 11.30 am and got numbers 37 and 38. Compared to other dates I had read of, very few people decided to queue and we reached number 100 only towards 4 pm. It was only our second gig (not counting Sinfonia Pop in Florence) and the first time we queued almost the whole day, but it went well. We had a small break to have lunch in a bar nearby and then checked-in in our hotel (which was like 500 m far from the forum), went back to the venue, read a book, sat a little to rest, listened to the soundcheck and tried to catch a glimpse of the stage, had a small walk around to stretch our legs. We were so lucky that it had rained only very early in the morning, before we arrived, and then it was only very cloudy.
At 4 pm, a group of very organized fans started to call people according to their numbers and we formed a proper line. Time during the following 3 hours seemed to be infinite, but we enjoyed a little chat with the two girls that were in front of us. I have to say that everyone behaved well: people kept arriving, stopping at the end of the queue and when the gates opened there was no crazy rush from behind. At least until I entered, I don't know what happened later. There were 2 ticket stops and security controls, where officers checked bags, and then we were in.
First row (for the first time), at the right corner of the long part of the stage, perfect view. But I was a little worried: there were only few empty seats in the galleries, but the parterre kept remaining quite empty. I could see lot of space at the sides and thought that this might upset Mika, especially giving the fact that he had just shared the news about the sold out show in Milan on the following evening.
But I was wrong. The gig was simply pure magic. The stage set is incredible, the idea of the Big Bang and the colours is brilliant, the flying piano is breathtaking and Mika himself is beyond words. I am always in awe seeing him dancing, jumping, running and singing at the same time without almost rest as it were the easiest thing to do in life. And his smile and the joy in his eyes… I will never forget them.
Some highlights of the night:
Ice Cream: an elegant entrance and our "Livorno loves Mika" signs.
Dear Jealousy: simply hypnotic
Relax: There was an awkward moment. He was letting the audience singing the "Take it easy" part when at some point there was no answer at all. I also remained silent because from the way he had sung the last "Relax" I thought it was the end of the song and wanted to enjoy the moment, don't know what happened to the others but well… yes... complete silence was the result. Nothing to worry too much about. With a smirk, Mika remembered us that it was too early to go to bed and get to sleep, so we had to sing. And we sang again, each time louder until he was satisfied with the result.
Origin of Love: I'm always in love with this song
Platform Ballerinas: I am so happy he is performing it live during this tour and it is quite funny seeing Mika's little dance with Max after dragging him on the floor (Max is a saint).
Big Girl: the talk about the mood changing according to the day of the week and his walk through the public (he passed very very close to us, we were separated by only another person).
Tiny Love: so gentle and so powerful
Underwater: the angels who only eat Philadelphia cream cheese (memories from his youth about a commercial) and the chorus from heaven and hell
Paloma: simply touching, I was so happy when I discovered it had been included in the setlist.
Domani: unfortunately (for me), he sang the entire song in Italian. In the end I kind of enjoyed those minutes as well, but I still miss hearing Tomorrow live.
Elle Me Dit: crazy dancing and funny game with Mika as conductor of our hand movements. He also took a moment to thank some people he had invited to the gig, as they had helped him writing the album and facing all his family problems of the last year (I really hope the best for his mother). People who live in the nearby of the city and his own home in a little town near Florence (not so far from Livorno then).
Lollipop: him lying on the piano and trying to play it from that position. At the end of the song a girl threw a handmade lollipop on stage and Mika played with it; and then he brought on stage the girl herself, who had dressed like the Lollipop Girl (everything handmade). They were very cute to see and I am so happy for her.
Happy Ending and Stardust: Mika struggled quite a lot to keep the audience silent this time for the a capella ending of Happy Ending, and so he decided to take us by surprise and started to sing Stardust a capella as well. I am not a big fan of this song, so this unexpected turn was really welcomed. I could appreciate Mika's voice in all its beauty for a few minutes. During the chorus the public started to sing again, but very softly, creating a magic atmosphere.
Love Today: really love this song and more crazy dancing
We Are Golden: singing this song was like a cathartic experience, waving our golden stars in the air. This simple fan action resulted in something (for me totally) unexpected. Towards the end of the song Mika took one of the stars, got free of his shirt and placed the star right at the centre of his chest. I know that when he was younger, he ended up shirtless quite frequently, but it had not happened so often from the Heaven Tour on. So I interpreted it as an important non-premeditated act of liberation, and he must have enjoyed the feeling a lot because now it has become again a regular appointment in the following shows.
Grand final: Grace Kelly is a funny party with all the balloons flying in the air, but I did not try to catch them as it would have distracted me from the song. The giant heart was a perfect ending, but I did not want to come back to reality, even if Mika had just made us promise to stay high.
The gig ended at 11.30 pm. With a small group of about 15 people we waited at the exit for an hour, hoping to see him. At last Andy and two other women got into their car and picked Mika up at another exit. He didn't come to us but waved back and keep waving in the car driving away while we were saying thank you.
After all this time, I still have not recovered. From time to time I have to force myself not to watch videos, otherwise I get caught up in them and stop doing anything else (and this can go on for days). Now I'm waiting (and hoping) for summer dates, as he said he will do some festivals, so that I can see him another time this year. Who knows if, after that, there will be another 3-year waiting XD
But whatever happens, I really want to thank him for everything