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A fun festival gig, but not the ideal setting to showcase Scissor Sisters

Scissor Sisters - Live In Victoria Park London 2011
DVD Review

3 stars (out of 5 stars)
March 15, 2013
Scissor Sisters

Review by Andy Argyrakis

Anywhere the Scissor Sisters show up, there's bound to be a party, which means even a little rain can't spoil the group's 2011 appearance at London's Lovebox Festival on "Out & Out Fierce" Sunday. It's too bad nobody told one of the cameramen to wipe the drizzle off his lens during the firecracker of a finale "Invisible Light," especially as the gorgeous Ana Matronic danced divinely with a canary yellow cape and her equally energetic co-leader Jake Shears bounced around shirtless while wearing a dog mask.

Though it all sounds incredibly random (especially when paired with fans' spinning umbrellas and a Ferris wheel in the background), it's all in a day's work for Scissor Sisters, but thankfully the band has just as much musical substance as showiness. Elton John's one of the group's many famous fans and he'd be especially proud of its unofficial homage "Take Your Mama," while the group's appreciation for yesteryear also adorned a glitzy cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" (dedicated to David Gilmour's son).

As the group addressed decadent modern day disco throbbers like "Night Work" and "Filthy/Gorgeous," one can only wonder how much more effective they would have been in a sweaty club swirling with lights as opposed to this outdoor afternoon affair. Nonetheless, these forerunners in the glam rock revolution still put on quite a show encompassing their first three albums, thought it's downright perplexing why they didn't pick a more traditional date of their acclaimed "Night Work" tour to release for posterity's sake.

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