Mika was so nervous he hid in his bathroom ahead of his UK comeback show last night (26.07.12).
The ‘Grace Kelly’ hitmaker played his first solo show for over two years at London’s sold out Heaven venue, but freaked out shortly before the band were due onstage.
He told the crowd: ‘’Were a little late on tonight, because I was supposed to do a radio interview, but I got so nervous I locked myself in my own bathroom. I was going to make an inappropriate joke here, but I won’t – essentially, in the end I just peed and got on with it.’’
The singer opened his set with ‘Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)’ before launching into a string of hits from his two albums including ‘Lollipop’, ‘Love Today’ and recent new single ‘Celebrate’.
Introducing ‘Blame it on the Girls’ he told the crowd: ‘’Coming from a large lebanese family, with lots of brothers and sisters, this ones dedicated to the 14 women in my family.’’
Mika’s family were hit by tragedy last year when his sister, Paloma Penniman, was impaled through her legs and abdomen after falling 15 metres from a ledge. She has since made good progress in her recovery, and her brother even made a jokey reference to her accident during his performance, saying: ‘’Now everybody who can – and this excludes my sister Paloma – start stomping their legs.’’
The singer – who last appeared in England at Lovebox festival earlier in the summer – ended the main part of the show with ‘We Are Golden’ – which saw the audience showered in ticker tape – and ‘Grace Kelly’, before returning for an encore of new song ‘The Origin of Love’.
Mika explained the very personal song was written after suffering a period of writer’s block.
He said: ‘’This song talks about my life, the church and falling in love and being happy with whoever you fall in love with, so in a way this is my freedom statement, so I thank you.’’
Mika’s third album ‘The Origin of Love’ will be released on September 16.
Copyright: Bang Showbiz 2012
Friday, 27. July 2012