The Scissor Sisters may well be my favourite band of all time. I love their music; their dancier tracks full of energy and the ballads jam-packed full of emotions.
They’re currently jet-setting the world in a whirlwind schedule bringing their Magic Hour Tour to the fans.
Unlike other big acts targeting a mostly gay market the Scissor Sisters don’t concern themselves with fancy stages, a mass of dances and wild costumes. Instead their performances are high-energy whipping the crowd into a frenzy of dance.
The concert was held in Melbourne Arts Centre’s Hamer Hall. Quite a fancy joint the Scissor Sisters exclaimed it was the nicest place they have ever played. And while it was a very nice place Ana Matronic declared (and I paraphrase) “It’s a nice place, but you know how we are, if you feel like climbing up on your seat and dancing I don’t have a problem with that. But I think the people who work here might.”
There’s no way I could pick a standout song, I loved them all. Jake’s rendition of “Mary” was just amazing, even now thinking about it I feel a sense of emotion welling. You can tell that every single time Jake sings this song he’s remembering his dear friend about whom the song is written. It’s something you can hear in the song, but it’s something that becomes so much more intense when you see it performed live.
I and the rest of the crowd cheered and screamed throughout. I walked away quite hoarse and with a sore throat for a couple of days. I don’t mind saying attending a Scissor Sisters concert takes me back to my days as I imagine they would have been had I been a 13 year old girl screaming for One Direction. Fanaticism at its finest.
The crowd of course cheered loudest for the performances of the big hits “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” and the newest hit “Let’s Have a Kiki”. But there were also the hauntingly beautiful songs, like the a fore mentioned “Mary” and “Year of Living Dangerously” (which the photo above is from).
The wait for their return so we can Kiki once more will me maddening. I took along our new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30 with 20x optical zoom. It did a fair job given the low-light conditions of concerts and without the use of flash. The photos aren’t awesome, but they are a great reminder of the show we saw.
Oh yeah and there was this one point, when Jake Shears and Ana Matronic made a crowd run. I had an aisle seat and Jake practically ran into me so I reached out and touched an got covered and Jake sweat. I turned to David and exclaimed the cliche: “I’m never going to wash this arm again!”
It was an awesome night. Were I rich, I’m certain I would travel the world following them as they perform night after night. It’s not just about the performers, it’s about the crowd. There’s so much energy in the room it’s electrifying, I was buzzing for hours afterwards.