Coachella 2011: Scissor Sisters declare themselves 'the band that has the most fun onstage'
Moments before Scissor Sisters were set to close the Mojave tent at midnight on Saturday, the masses were already chanting their name.
“It’s the moment you've been waiting for,” singer Ana Matronic screamed. “The Scissor Sisters have come to set you free … and in case you were wondering, yes, we are the band that has the most fun onstage.”
And fun they indeed had -- they were not only celebrating their 10th year as a group but nearing the end of an extensive tour schedule that included spending the better part of the year converting Lady Gaga’s little monsters on her Monster Ball Tour and Matronic deemed the night in the desert a freaking party -- OK she used another word that starts with 'F' to describe the joyous evening.
Launching their set with a fountain of silver metallic helium filled balloons that exploded into the crowd – very Andy Warhol “Silver Clouds” – the audience continued to hoist deflated pieces above their head as they danced themselves into a sweaty mess for the band's entire set.
The New Yorkers defy both genre and gender with their mix of glam rock, disco and pop, and the crowd ate up the band’s brand of burlesque, drag show and underground discotheque as they mouthed the words to the raucous songs that made the band a favorite in the dance club scene.
Judging from the bumping and grinding both onstage -- courtesy of lead man Jake Shears hip action -- and in the crowd, the band clearly "freed" Coachella on Saturday night.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: The Scissors Sisters perform Saturday, Apr. 16, 2011, at the Coachella Vallley Music & Arts Festival in Indio. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times