Scissor Sisters throw a party

Secret gig in London marks Ana Matronic's birthday...

Scissor Sisters played a secret gig last night in front of 200 specially invited guests – mainly hardcore fans.

The gig, at London’s Bush Hall, was the first of four they’re playing this week, including two at the V Festival and one, on Thursday, at London Kentish Town Forum.

As well as favourites from their first, two million-selling album, the Scissor Sisters played half a dozen new songs; ‘Can’t Decide’, ‘Hybrid’, ‘Everybody Wants’, ‘Other Side’, ‘Cher Baby’ and ‘Paul McCartney’.

The songs suggested a more Seventies, funk-oriented direction for the band, whose second album is scheduled for February 2006.

The show also featured the showmanship for which the Scissor Sisters are renowned. Ana Matronic, whose birthday it was, was presented with a cake, while Jake Shears stripped down to a pair of skin tight gold lame trousers. Proceeds from the gig went to the Elton John Aids Foundation and Strummerville.

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