Gig reviews: Starting the European Tour in Rennes & Paris
Finally a new Mika Tour! The Heaven Tour started in Rennes on Friday and continued in Paris on Saturday. I have no words to describe how impressed I was in Rennes while watching the show for the first time. I loved every moment, it was definitely one of my very best Mika nights ever. Full of surprises one after another, a totally new setlist with an exciting beginning, a lot of songs from the latest album and a new, massive and colorful stage set built around the “Heaven” theme. Everything was magical.
Mika started with No Place In Heaven. The stage was dark and first the audience could hear a small intro/medley containing several little references to different songs and themes. Then a huge lighted HEAVEN sign appeared above the stage and Mika started No Place In Heaven in front of the little caravan, hiding mysteriously behind his hat and coat. I almost couldn’t handle the excitement so I couldn’t give the song the attention it deserves but loved how exciting and mysterious the moment was (and so suitable for the theme of course). After that the caravan opened looking like a mechanical miniature theater with a sign PARADISE and Big Girl was done in front of it, Max in the spotlight together with Mika.
Then the show continued being so rich and generous with new songs and details that it’s impossible to describe it all and I don’t think it’s even needed, there will be many more shows and time to go through everything. The new setlist is so long that in the end of the show the audience feels really satisfied and just a little bit melancholic instead of the usual desperate “noooooo don’t take him away from us yet”. Of course we all would like him to continue forever but it’s a full-length, very satisfying show.
The new stage looks fabulous. The signs (Heaven, Paradise) and the giant beautiful gate have an obvious connection to the theme. The colorful background looks some kind of the end of the world situation and is not as easily explained and I need to see it several times to be able to understand everything in it (smoking factories? a giant shark? a submarine?) but the whole stage looks fabulous especially with the amazing light show. My favorite detail was the magical shiny globe in the middle of the stage. It made me think of Rio which we didn’t hear yet (maybe later, who knows). Mika wasn’t wearing a suit but his white outfit with different jackets and I loved especially the stunning embroidered Valentino (?) with beautiful animals in the back.
We heard several songs from the new album and I loved them all. Good Wife was the best and most flawless performance, it’s such a great song. Promiseland was the most thrilling and everyone screamed as soon as they realized it’s coming. It’s not yet the biggest highlight of the show – he still needs to practice it – but it will be. He just needs to keep doing it. Last Party in the end was simply perfect.
He has added a lot of new details to the old songs as well. There’s an exciting guitar intro in the beginning of Love Today! It’s a pity that Tim is not on stage with him anymore. Everyone loves Tim and his charm and kindness… However, I’m sure the new guitarist will do well and Tim seems to be still around at least for a while. Max is as adorable as always! I loved the Roger Rabbit intro for EMD and the dancing with it. Boum Boum Boum is still one of my favorite live songs. I can’t totally explain it but I love how it goes from gentle to another extreme (see it below).
We had the best possible spots in Rennes and I could easily see everything. I was happy like a child in a toy store, my face probably glowing of happiness from the beginning to the end. As a cute detail we saw Mika leaving the Rennes venue with his family. This time he didn’t have a car with black windows. He left in a normal car like normal people do, the girls in the back of the car. The both dogs raised their heads in the window when they passed the crowd. Melachi – already used to everything – seemed to think “oh there’s a crowd”. Amira – still so young – was grinning in excitement “what’s happening, what’s happening, what’s happening”. Cuteness overload. I was so happy for Mika. I mentioned the dogs to my husband as soon as I called him (he loves dogs as much as I do) and he laughed asking if it was the highlight of the show for me. Well not the highlight but it warmed my heart. Touring must be so much easier for Mika if he can see his family.
Saskia and I had seats for Paris because our schedule was tight with trains and it felt a less stressful option. We met the other German fans at the venue and managed to get us all really good seats with a great view to the stage. I still had mixed feelings. I’m not a party person singing and dancing along, I want to hear and see everything. I looked forward to seeing the new set and the light show from a different perspective but also felt I was going to miss a half of the show because I couldn’t see any details from that far away. I can’t understand French so it feels important to see Mika’s facial expressions to know what’s happening on stage.
Watching the show from the back was different but it was also so much fun being there together with the girls. Marion is fluent in French and she explained Mika’s words to Saskia who in turn repeated everything to me. It was like the old children’s game where the story changes on the way and I was laughing too much to be able to repeat everything to Karin next to me. I loved seeing the whole view and paid a lot of attention to the set and lights. There’s so much work put into this new show, it’s really amazing. So proud and happy after seeing it and can’t wait to see it again later this week.