How Gaydar.net and Friendster started my drug inspired love affair with the Scissor Sisters
Gaydar.net used to have international radio station that reached the United States, cirque 2000. While I should’ve been working I was looking for international connections and getting my groove on.
Like most ‘new’ relationships, I hit it. I hit it a lot. I was hitting that track 10 times a day, if not more.
Just a little pinprick…The song was heroin, or about heroin? It didn’t matter, I was hooked.
Like any good junkie, I wanted more. And I found it on Friendster. A newly added friend let me know he had a bootleg of the upcoming album. Slightly illegal, definitely illicit, and exactly what I needed. One fedex later and it was in my hand.
It was truly one of the most amazing things I’d ever heard. After sending my Friendster pal a message to this point, he suggested I take my praise to the source, and introduced me to Babydaddy. Turns out Baby was going to be in SF, the very next, day visiting friends.
We hit it off, and I made a point to see every show I could in California. From the House of Blues Anaheim with the B52’s, to their show at Slims where a fight broke out with me in the middle (Baby thought I started it…he was onstage after all and it was hard to see), to the sold out Fillmore show, to the Warfield show, to a show at Bimbos, finally seeing them at Shoreline with Depeche Mode
In addition to California, I also saw them in New York and a rare behind the scenes performance for the popular music show CDUK in London.
These pictures are from that two-song performance back in 2004 for CDUK. The performance took place on a soundstage. These shots were taken during the rehearsal, before the fans were let in, and as the band was getting into their performance gear.
It was monumental for me as it was the first time I had seen the Scissor Sisters in Europe and truly understood the “MANIA”. While they rock the US, Europe is truly a different story.
As they release their third album, I wanted to share these photos as a tribute to one of the best bands of all time. They have brought inspiration, hope, and most of all they have entertained us in ways we never thought possible.
The band and its members mean more to me than they probably know. They are friends, an inspiration, and most of all really deserving of all their success.
I can’t wait to hang with them when they are in SF. Rumored to be after the summer.
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