New York loves Scissor Sisters so much that the audience didn’t get enough on the first night, so the Sisters flipped it over and grilled it up again! They played the second of two shows (the final US date on their 2012 Summer tour) at Terminal 5 in Manhattan on July 7, 2012. If you’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Scissor Sisters, their show, as Ana Matronic said “will fuck you – hard! But [you’ll] be respected in the morning.” Truer words have never been spoken. The Sisters give 150% at every show and whether you feel like dancin’ or not, you will be on your feet and shakin’ your moneymaker for the entire show. Die-hards including myself braved hours of 100 degree weather to be in the front row to catch Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis and Baby Daddy let us have it – in the best possible way and they did not disappoint! If you don’t have their latest album “Magic Hour,” get it get it and before you know it, you’ll be having a kiki!
Enjoy some pictures from a 3,000 person kiki featuring Scissor Sisters, DJ Sammy Jo (who spun tunes in between sets) and the fabulous opener, Rye Rye.
It must be my good Scissor Sisters karma and love for the band because I always have the greatest time when I see Jake Shears, Ana Matronic, Baby Daddy and Del Marquis perform. July 6, 2012 was no exception as I won tickets to see Scissor Sisters for their first of two shows at Terminal 5. Shout out to one of my favorite websites on the planet, Brooklyn Vegan for such a great prize! In between DJ sets from Scissor Sisters’ DJ Sammy Jo (who spun an excellent Eric Prydz remix of M83’s “Midnight City”), the crowd was entertained by up and coming rapper Rye Rye. Scissor Sisters hit the stage around 10:20 and performed for close to two hours.
Jake Shears and Ana Matronic
There are a few things you ALWAYS get at a Scissor Sisters concert – a great crowd that is ready to have a great time, costume changes, hilarious banter between Jake Shears and Ana Matronic, high energy from the Sisters, lots of skin (and extra skin last night as Scissor Sisters dusted off their classic track “The Skins”). During the first night of their two night stand, Scissor Sisters talked about how great it was to be home (before seguing into the new track “Baby Come Home” off their latest album “Magic Hour), and Ana Matronic said the show is the best they’ve ever played in New York. She mentioned many familiar faces in the crowd that are her family – both blood relatives and people who have stuck with the band through thick and thin. She said that is one of the best parts of the gay community – you don’t have to be related to be family. Amen, Sister!
Baby Daddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis
There was a nice mixture of songs off all the band’s 4 albums. From their self titled debut they performed Take Your Mama, Mary, Comfortably Numb, Music Is The Victim and The Skins. From Ta-Dah, they performed I Don’t Feel Like Dancin and Kiss You Off. From Night Work, they performed Any Which Way, Skin This Cat, Running Out and Invisible Light and from Magic Hour, they performed Baby Come Home, Keep Your Shoes, Inevitable, Year of Living Dangerously, Let’s Have A Kiki, Shady Love and Only The Horses. I am keeping this review short because I am going back for a second helping of Scissor Sisters and I recommend you do the same! You won’t be disappointed!
Let’s have a kiki! It pleases me to no end to say the following sentence: Scissor Sisters are back! One of the most fun bands you will ever see live previewed songs from their upcoming album “Magic Hour” at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on May 6, 2012. I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve seen Scissor Sisters in concert (and it has to be over 20 times by this point), but one thing always remains – their shows are always a damn good time! Playing a nice mix of tracks from each of their albums (including the non-US album track “The Skins”), Scissor Sisters rocked the socks off the audience at Bowery Ballroom!
Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters
Jake Shears and Ana Matronic mentioned how Bowery Ballroom is their favorite place in New York to play (and to see concerts as well) and I have to agree. It’s hard to have a bad time at the legendary venue. A great time was had by all tonight which included many familiar faces such as Jonathan Pierce from The Drums, Anderson Cooper, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and actress Susan Sarandon. The Sisters played 7 new songs from their upcoming album “Magic Hour” (which will be released at the end of May 2012) including the first two singles “Only The Horses” and the rap-infused track “Shady Love.” The dance party/answering machine message “Let’s Have A Kiki” was also played and included a great choreographed routine with Jake and the back-up singers (see photo below). “Keep Your Shoes On” is a dance track that is destined to become a Scissor Sisters classic. “Years of Living Dangerously” is a slower song that the audience was definitely vibing to and “Baby Come Home” has a groove similar to “Laura.”
Let's Have a Kiki!
A video of another new song “Inevitable” will be coming soon, so please bookmark this site and visit often (shameless plug – however, it’s hard to deny that I provide great and exclusive content 7 days a week!) Sandwiched in between the new songs (all of which made their US live debut), were classic Scissor Sisters songs such as their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” “Take Your Mama,” “Mary,” “Invisible Light,” “Skin This Cat,” “Kiss You Off,” “Any Which Way,” “Music is the Victim,” and “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’.”
I saw a lot of fellow die-hard Scissor Sisters fans at the show and their energy and enthusiasm for this band is unparalleled. In turn, the band returns the love of their fans and I must say that Scissor Sisters are the nicest band in rock and roll. They are always happy to meet fans, sign their stuff, take photos and answer any questions their fans might have. In addition to their great music and their ridiculously fun shows, that’s reason enough to always support and see this band!
Jake Shears and Baby Daddy
Thanks again to Scissor Sisters for another great show and they’ll be back in the States in the summer so do not miss them at any cost when they come to your town!
This post will please my Sisters and my Durannies. On October 25, 2011, Duran Duran played Madison Square Garden. Joining them on stage for the song “Safe,” is none other than Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters! Just click play!
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From left: John Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran
Duran Duran! The fab four (formerly five, but Andy Taylor is no longer with the band) made their long awaited return to New York with a show at Madison Square Garden on October 25, 2011. After an enthusiastic set from Neon Trees, Duran Duran took the stage at 8:30 PM. For nearly two solid hours, Duran Duran played so many songs that cemented their place in music history such as “Planet Earth,” “Hungry Like The Wolf,” “Rio,” “The Reflex,” “Is there Something I Should Know,” “Ordinary World,” “Come Undone,” and “Notorious.” As you can imagine, an arena full of people singing and dancing along to all of those songs is a guaranteed great time. But it was not all hits, many songs from Duran Duran’s latest album “All You Need Is Now,” their best album in years, made their New York live debut tonight.
The title track from the album as well as my favorite “The Man Who Stole A Leopard” were played as well as their new single “Leave a Light On.” Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters guested on stage to sing on “Safe” as she does on the album and the album’s producer, Mark Ronson played guitar on their new classic “Girl Panic.” There were some visuals projected on the screens behind the band, but who needs theatrics when you’ve got such a great catalog of songs? During one of the encores, “Wild Boys,” the band broke into another 1980s classic, Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s “Relax,” which was a nice, if odd, surprise. Aside from “Careless Memories” and the instrumental “Tiger Tiger,” Duran Duran didn’t get into obscure songs and instead stuck mostly with big hits and new songs.
Nick Rhodes, John Taylor of Duran Duran
It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Duran Duran and I did not leave without a smile on my face. If you haven’t heard their latest album “All You Need is Now,” you should check it out because producer Mark Ronson got Duran Duran to return to their classic sound that made them so popular nearly 30 years ago! 30 years ago?! Wow. Where does the time go? It was interesting (and slightly depressing) to see that the crowd have traded in their 80s fashions for khakis, but what can you do? Because I love Mark Ronson and Ana Matronic, I’ll be posting videos of “Girl Panic,” and “Safe” soon, so stick around for that.
See the setlist and a couple more pix (including Roger Taylor) after the jump.