Barrowlands, Glasgow, Wed 16 Jun
This was the first night of the Scissor Sisters’ new tour and the first live performance of most of their new album Night Work anywhere. And contrary to the pretty but hardly ball-grabbing comeback single ‘Fire With Fire’, the majority of it’s quite excellent. No wonder Ana Matronic, who considers this venue more than any other a ‘baptism of fire’ for the record, felt compelled to tell us things were going ‘pure dead brilliant’.
There was synchronised robot-dancing to the sublime electro of ‘Something Like This’ and a Debbie Harry-like rap from Ana during the disco-funk ‘Any Which Way’, while Jake Shears delivered moments of amusing high camp, ripping his vest off during the overwrought ‘Harder You Get’ and pulling on a leather jacket to play the James Dean part for ‘Skin Tight’. Virtually the whole record was played, dotted with fan favourites like ‘She’s My Man’, ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, ‘Comfortably Numb’ and ‘Filthy/Gorgeous’, although the most striking song of the whole evening was the epic disco-house classic-in-waiting ‘Invisible Light’. Quite probably it’s coming soon to a TV montage of festival highlights near you.