The Fillmore in San Francisco, US 18/9/2019

Mika warned in advance the venue in San Francisco wouldn’t be a fancy place and it wasn’t indeed, The Fillmore is one of those shabby, cool historical music venues I’ve always wanted to see, full of energy from the past, legendary performances. The doors were opened sharply at seven and we walked peacefully in. Several big chandeliers were hanging from the ceiling and when the performance started the floor was bouncing under the jumping crowd.

The audience was one the loudest I’ve ever seen at such a small venue. People sang along and screamed so loudly my ears were hurting. It was obvious the San Francisco crowd had eagerly waited for Mika to be back. The vibe during the gig wasn’t as relaxed as the vibe during the second Montreal gig was but again, it was really good on its own way, extremely cheerful, and the crowd was diverse and even a bit crazy, bouncing high during the most energetic songs, and I’m sure Mika enjoyed seeing people that enthusiastic.

The set list was otherwise same as in Montreal except that Elle Me Dit was, to my huge, huge pleasure, replaced with Tomorrow. The Jealousy we got in San Francisco was incredibly good and I enjoyed dancing it, I enjoyed the lyrics and I enjoyed listening to Mika’s voice. Tiny Love has been amazing since the beginning and also the San Francisco audience took it really well, singing and dancing along. Blue was absolutely beautiful. I enjoy it more and more every night. It’s beautifully poetic and paradoxically simple yet extremely complicated at the same time. If you feel blue thoughts you feel this song in your heart. Tomorrow is my new good mood song. It makes me smile, I listen to it and I enjoy the vibe. Tomorrow creates an atmosphere I immediately feel and want to feel. 

Every sold out show at The Fillmore gets a very cool poster. These Mika posters were handed out at the door on our way out but they run out before I got mine. I was disappointed but one the ladies working at the venue noticed I didn’t get one and gave me hers! What a kind thing to do, it made me so happy. The poster has ice creams on it and the first poster Mika got more than ten years ago at the same venue had a lollipop on it and during the gig Mika laughed at the thought his career can be described with dick symbols. Too funny, what can he do! I loved the idea and so did everyone else and after the gig he signed every single poster. I was holding my poster in the air between people and he quickly signed it and saw my face and asked if I’m okay and I said YES. I’m always okay after seeing him on stage.

I’m going to frame the poster and put it on the wall and every time I see it I can remember the red suit and the white ruffle shirt and the Ice Cream in the beginning of the show. Jealousy and Tiny Love and Blue. Lovely Tomorrow. Mika in the middle of the crowd during Big Girl. The audience bouncing with Love Today and We Are Golden. Magical no microphone moment in the end of Happy Ending. Getting high and staying high long after the show.

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