(Photo by STEVE GILLETT / LIVEPIX )
by MK Scott
When the Scissor Sisters played the Showbox in Sodo in 2010, I was captivated by their gorgeous lead singer, Jake Shears. The music was reminiscent of The Bee Gees and Elton John – it was glam-rock with a little bit of nostalgia. I couldn’t wait to see them again two years later at the Paramount. Shears, who grew up in Friday Harbor and Capitol Hill, is a Seattle rock star, who just released his first solo CD and is currently on tour. Shears, 40, returned to Seattle last Sunday, November 11 at the Neptune Theatre.
Shears came out in a black and gold top hat and tails, with a sparkly tank top, a black bow tie and silver shoes completing the ensemble. His style was Hugh Jackman (in the Greatest Showman) meets Elton John with a little emphasis on a Kander and Ebb Broadway musical and bushy mustache creating a new Freddy Mercury-like look.
One thing I noticed immediately was the diversity of the four-member Jake Shears band.
Shears started out with ‘Good Friends’, ‘Big Bushy Mustache’ and ‘Ain’t One Thing It’s Another’ along with Sisters classics, ‘I Can’t Decide’ and ‘Laura’.
Then came ‘Sad Song Backwards’, ‘Everything I’ll Ever Need’ and ‘Take Your Mama’ and then during ‘Clothes Off’, the former NYC go-go boy ripped his pants off to show he was wearing a sparkling jock-strap matching his tank top.
Followed by ‘S.O.B’, ‘The Bruiser’, ‘Palace in the Sky’ and the Sister’s monster hit (and my personal fave) ‘I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’, by that time the hat and tails were taken off. To close, Shears didn’t acknowledge Trump by name, but did call for unity and hope with a heart-wrenching rendition of ‘Tomorrow’ (from the Broadway show, Annie).
After a standing ovation, Shears came out to sing his new hit, ‘Creep City’ and ended with ‘Mississippi Delta (I’m Your Man)’.
As he was in the Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears solo show was a triumph – whether he is solo or with a group, his show is truly entertaining.
The opening act for this show was SSScion, another Glam-rocker, with a Prince-like edge.
As with the other shows, this was not your typical concert. It was a ballroom show to give the audience the opportunity to DANCE, and dance they did.