The Scissor Sisters’ version of ‘Comfortably Numb’ is one of those records that you just can’t be ambivalent about. Most people hated it, as by rights any Pink Floyd fan should have, but it exerted a sort of voodoo hold over me, and it became something of a guilty pleasure.
So, I wonder what they would be like live? They had a good reputation and I’d seen them do a decent rendition on the telly, so it was worth a punt. The Academy was absolutely rammed to bursting point with (as you would expect) a varied crowd. The stage was done up in proper cabaret stylee – lots of red velvet and gold fittings. The support was a dreadful cabaret act that would possibly have been at home in the Vauxhall Tavern, but considerably out of their depth on the Academy stage. The Scissor Sisters where great though. Jake Shears and Ana Matronic (or whatever her dumbass name was) were a fantastic pair, loads of presence and oodles of energy. The other musicians were a pretty talented bunch, but unfortunately suffered from that condition that forces them to swap instruments every other song just to show the audience what marvelous multi-instrumentalists they all are. Very entertaining gig though, the highlight (fairly obviously) being ‘Comfortably Numb’ closely followed by the Elton John-esque one (‘Laura’?).