Rocher de Palmers in Bordeaux, France 25/11/2012

The queueing was very relaxed and organised, the line was totally calm and direct and the venue security was strict and effective. People walked lazily like on their way to a Sunday brunch, no one was in a hurry. Mika was a little bit late and the crew did their best to keep people entertained having a small disco and a homemade light show. Finally we saw the band, then Mika and the show started with the opening and Soleil. We could hear he still had a flu but he had seen a doctor before the show and his voice was surprisingly good considering he was not feeling 100 % well. I had decided to not take any pics, just as a gesture because Mika was not well. He looked gorgeous and not ill at all but I did according to my plan and just enjoyed the show.

Mika started the show with good energy and was dancing and doing crazy jumps as always. His performing was charming and he totally warmed the Sunday brunch audience during the show. I couldn’t understand his chatting in French but I really enjoyed the show and certain songs especially. I noticed he did some super fast and not so planned moves skipping or adding some details and I saw the band had to pay more than their usual attention to follow him and improvise a lot. I had a great spot and saw Max and Curtis and their facial expressions very well. They managed to follow him really well though and the band and Doriand who was on stage during a couple of songs did their best to help him when his voice was a bit tired in the end of the show.

The show was really good and I especially loved Stardust, Underwater, Karen and the fast songs after them. Karen was lovely, really, and I loved how Mika and Doriand high-fived after the song. I tried to enjoy every second of the song because we probably can’t hear it live for a long time. Underwater made me almost cry a bit, I was feeling emotional and it’s such a beautiful song. I feel a huge gratefulness every time I hear this song live and try to store the feeling to remember it later.

I was amazed how well Mika did under the circumstances. I have seen many shows and this was a good one even though he was not well and I admire him a lot for doing it. The audience loved him and was generally very understanding when his energy level suddenly dropped in the end of the show and he had to cough a bit. He started to look tired and I wished he could have just stopped but he didn’t, he performed the whole set list and didn’t skip a single song. He was probably under some medication and I seriously hope performing like this is not harming his voice too much. I wasn’t too worried to see him performing though because he did so well and obviously wants to do every show and he managed to give the audience a fantastic evening.

The band was fab. Max was improvising more than usually (dancing, climbing on the piano) and we saw even Tim dancing. The band needs to be very sharp with Mika, he can be very spontaneous on stage. I hope no one saw my facial expressions during the show, I probably looked way too happy and laughing, surprised when Mika was doing his huge jump and even a bit scared when he almost fell off the piano once.

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