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Monday, a weird day for too-loud Mika

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07 February 2007


Monday was a weird day for the musician Mika, currently atop the singles chart. He was at the heart of a rude exchange between Queen guitarist Brian May and rock critic Alexis Petridis. The journalist panned Mika's album; May urged the "w**ker" Petridis to quit.


Judging by his beaming grin on Monday night, Mika enjoyed the altercation. Playing a T-Mobile Street Gig in a big top tent in posh Mayfair, the eccentric delighted a crowd of clowns, cowgirls, monkeys, drag queens and someone dressed as a fly. But the concert was nearly scuppered by noise inspectors hours before.


"We were trying to sound-check," Mika said, "and lots of local people complained to the council, who came to shut us down."


Westminster Council confirms a rash of complaints at 3pm. Its "noise team" made Mika drop to 70 decibels. Naughty!





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Bizarre Gig Guide

February 07, 2007


MIKA played the perfect ringmaster at his cartoon-like circus gig on Monday night.


The singer raised the roof on the big top with the campest set of the year so far.


He pulled out all stops with dragons, flamboyant exotic dancers, cheeky monkeys and outrageous drag queens.


And he seemed to love every minute.


Grinning around the multi-coloured tent which housed a star-studded audience including SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR, THE FEELING’S RICHARD JONES and DAN GILLESPIE, and AMY NUTTALL and her sheepish date STEVE JONES, Mika said: “This is the birthday party of my dreams.â€Â


Wearing white skinny jeans, a pair of yellow braces and gold Jimmy Choo shoes, he opened the show with the catchy Relax, Take It Easy.


His proud family and friends sang along to every word.


With the high-pitched Love Today, he jumped like a lamb between playing the keyboard and dancing. Later, his cover of HARRY NILSSON’s Everybody’s Talkin’ slowed down the festivities.


His voice was so pitch- perfect I wondered if he was singing live at all.


But his regular commentary with the crowd – throughout the T-Mobile Street Gig – confirmed he’s a real natural.


It’s just a shame the neighbours at the Berkeley Square gig didn’t agree – they had his soundcheck halted because he was too loud.


Images: Star turn ... Mika, left, wowed crowd that included The Feeling and an oddly bespectacled Sophie Ellis-Bextor, right

Left picture: XPOSURE





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