Its been a crazy couple of weeks and I’m still very busy but because my client is slow to reply I have a couple of minutes to write about Mika’s concert in Tokyo (yeah, yeah, I blog at work). Two weeks ago me and my minions went for a massage at a new place opened in Shibuya and that’s when Gow told me about Mika coming to Tokyo.
I couldn’t believe I missed that info because I am a huge fan. But luckily that very same evening I could get a ticket online and join Gow the next day. Yay internet! The show was really good and that’s what it was – the “show”. I like when a good singer just comes to the stage, grabs a microphone and sings his soul out like John Mayer but when he also performs and entertains, that’s when all the extra fun comes. And Mika is a natural showman, absolutely fantastic at what he does and the greatest things of all – it doesn’t look forced in any way.
It looked like he was just having fun on stage and we were watching him from outside. At one point he said “What are you gonna do Tokyo? It’s my party!”.
The stage was decorated into a cemetery but with exotic birds, pink and purple flowers and skulls with smiley faces. The whole show reminded me of a Mad hatter tea party – gloomy and whimsical like a brightly colored nightmare of a child.
Mika’s music is wrapped around his experiences as a child and I’m sure like the rest of us he also refuses to grow up. And why would he? When he can dance around in crazy outfits with bunnies and corps brides or blow up a huge balloon in a form of a girl’s leg and push it into the crowd! By the way, he did it for his song “Big girl – you are beautiful” and it was awesome!
After each song he looked like a little boy with naughty look on his face, probably thinking “Look at all this mess – I did it!” He opened and closed the show with “Relax” – one of my favorite songs. He sang it again at the end because I guess he didn’t expect the crowd to keep wanting him after three encores!
Towards the end, all the monsters came out carrying a huge puppet. Guess what? The whole show was about a puppet funeral. Mika did a little prayer by the puppet corps and then killed everyone on stage including himself. As sick as it was, he made it look so funny! I think Tim Burton would be inspired by the crazy toy wonderland that is Mika’s mind.
I took a video of some of the songs and put it into a complication movie.