In concert: Scissor Sisters at Consitution Hall
By Mark Jenkins
Simultaneously outrageous and old-fashioned, a Scissor Sisters concert relies as much on energy and innuendo as music. Monday night at a half-full Constitution Hall, the New York group vigorously sold material that sounded like the lesser '70s work of Elton John, the Bee Gees and the Cars. If the fans didn't hear a lot of memorable songs, they could leave humming Ana Matronic's black vinyl dress and Jake Shears' seat-less shorts.
The spotlight was on the buff and gradually disrobed Shears, who shook his hips like Gypsy Rose Lee and dashed across the stage like Joe Strummer. (He also handled most of the lead vocals.) Matronic sang a little and talked a lot, acting as the show's MC. Her sometime smirky, sometimes earnest commentary drew cheers, even when she made the odd claim that the Sisters might be the first openly gay group to perform at Constitution Hall. (The Pet Shop Boys would have something to say about that.)
Many in the crowd sported such rave accessories as glo-stick bracelets, but the Sisters's style barely acknowledged the last 30 years of electronic dance music. Although the sound was mixed to emphasize drums and bass, burying any non-vocal melody, such crowd-pleasers as "Take Your Mama'' and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin' '' drew mostly on classic soul and rock, with a hint of Broadway. The most abstract moment came during "Invisible Light,'' when the eight performers were silhouetted as a prerecorded Ian McKellan intoned about "Babylon.'' It didn't make many people feel like dancin'.
August 24, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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