Gig reviews: Mika with Mobistar in Belgium
It was lovely to have a “Mika day” and it reminded me of some wonderful promotion gig days years ago. I arrived Brussels late Wednesday night a bit stressed and unsure. It was very difficult to find a ticket for the actual show on Thursday night. My friend who lives in Belgium worked weeks to find me one. She bought me prepaid mobile cards to participate the competition and talked to all her friends and colleagues asking them to take part. So many people did, even they don’t even know me. I didn’t manage to win but still wrote “Mobistar” in my calendar and my friend promised to continue looking for someone who has tickets and is willing to take me to the gig. She found me a ticket last minute. Unfortunately the person who won couldn’t go with me meaning I had a ticket but wasn’t sure it would help me in. I was happy to read about the signing session organized in Liege the same day because that way I could still at least see Mika even if I wasn’t lucky with my ticket.
The noisy hotel I had booked as an affordable option looked awful and had stained sheets and ceiling mirrors. I couldn’t sleep but still didn’t feel tired in the morning and took a train to Liege and found the Mobistar store with barriers and green carpets ready for the signing session and a small group of people already queuing. Everything was really nice, calm and carefully organized. The staff was smiling and gave 50 first people a free album and started to let us in (in small groups) around 1 pm. We were taken upstairs into a big airy room. I don’t have any pictures of the signing session (we were asked not to take photos inside) but if interested see some photos on the event company’s FB page here.
Everything went really well. No one was pushing, people were polite and waited for their turn and Mika was kind as always, giving his smiling attention to everyone. I wasn’t sure if I should sit or not but he offered me a seat and was really sweet. I thought (once again) that I really need to work with my discussion skills. I’m always trying not to ask him too many questions (there are so many questions I would love to ask him but fan meetings are supposed to be like nice little chats, not investigations). However, l can’t stop the most random, unimportant words coming out from my mouth. Luckily he went to the point and told about writing songs with a Finnish song-writer which naturally made me very excited (he had mentioned it in interviews but I wasn’t sure if it was true or simply a mistake/misunderstanding). Never ever thought something like this could happen and I really can’t wait the album to hear the result.
One of the guys working for the event company listened to my worries and helped fixing the problem with my ticket. I was so pleased the event was so well organized. Everything went perfectly without a moment of chaos. I went back to Brussels with the Belgian and French girls (Thanks Isa for driving me!) and people got in to the venue very smoothly.
My words about the gig sound over-excited and I can still feel the after concert euphoria. To be honest I was surprised the gig was that good. In Napoli I got the impression Mika couldn’t actually remember his usual stage routines, simply because he hasn’t been on stage much. I wasn’t sure what to expect in Brussels.
It turned out to be a fantastic gig. He didn’t have his full regular band and he was obviously avoiding higher parts during some songs but he sounded really good and seemed to enjoy performing. I couldn’t help but smiling through the gig, I really enjoyed it. He added many new details to his old songs and it sounds like a little thing but means a lot because it gave the feeling he’s been thinking about his own music again. Loved it that he decided to speak English and that I could enjoy his chatting and jokes again after so many French and Italian events.
The gig was streamed (thanks to Lara and Eriko it’s here) so it’s easy for everyone to watch and experience again and again. I was so happy to hear Toy Boy in the beginning that I could hardly breath. Loved Blue Eyes and Origin. Almost cried when he started Relax with piano (my very favorite part of all Mika songs). Hold my breath again during Underwater. LOVED Boum Boum Boum (knew it will be a fantastic live song). Was super happy to hear Lola again. He couldn’t remember the lyrics first (I didn’t have an internet connection to offer him mobile) but finally got them. I adored piano intros and was really pleased he did Italian version of Lollipop because I actually like it. It’s playful and makes sense to sing it in Italian even to non-Italians.
Mika looked gorgeous! He doesn’t seem to get any older. He was glowing and his red suit fit him really nicely. I felt a bit sad when the gig ended and I realized it’s all over again. He was still in a good mood and really sweet and said good bye and everyone left smiling. It was such a lovely day. I’m so grateful, thanks everyone who I met and who made it possible.