Cavea open air theater at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome was one of the most interesting venues for the whole Italian tour. Formal and modern, not historical or other ways particularly beautiful or unique. However, the acoustics was wonderful and as long as the audience stayed seated the view seemed to be good from all parts of the venue. The stage was low with no barriers, one of those stages I would have loved to experience from a close distance. I couldn’t help but touching the soft red carpet every time I walked past the stage while waiting the gig to begin. So tempting.
Everyone was dressed up and like waiting for to a civilised, adult event. It wasn’t going to be like that in reality of course. It’s not possible to do a normal, seated gig in Italy, the audience won’t allow it. I was disappointed to see the chaos at the stunning, historical venue in Taormina last summer, this time I was prepared and already knew to expect it. No Place In Heaven in the beginning of the show was a kind of a countdown and as soon as the first notes of Big Girl started the crowd run in front. The whole front area was filled in a few seconds.
The gig turned out to be a weird one. I felt like a stranger, squeezed between people I didn’t even know wearing a dress and heels, my feet and back hurting. Mika was a little bit like a stranger on stage as well. I couldn’t see details of his performance or follow his Italian chatting. It was strange and weird but the sound was good and I paid a lot of attention to it and then it was time for Over My Shoulder and it was absolutely breathtaking. Suddenly I could recognise myself and I could recognise Mika on stage and forgot my shoes and hurting feet and thought this is the reason I came to Rome. There’s always a good reason. Always. A stunning moment, one of the highlights of the whole tour.