Scissor Sisters, the glam-rock provocateurs who originally made waves in the 2000s and 2010s, have announced a stream of their acclaimed 2007 residency at London’s O2 Arena, which was recorded over July 26, 27 and 28 2007 and originally appeared in that year’s concert DVD Hurrah! A Year of Ta-Dah.
The stream will air exclusively on the Scissor Sisters’ Official YouTube Channel on August 1, 2020 at 12 p.m. PT. Band members BabyDaddy, Jake Shears and Del Marquis will join in the chat to interact with fans and take their questions in real time.
This exclusive Scissor Sisters stream will mark the debut digital appearance of Hurrah! A Year of Ta-Dah’s visual component in its entirety since it was released 13 years ago. Until now, only a truncated audio version of the 19-track concert existed on Spotify. Many fans are exploring new ways to entertain themselves at home, this reprise of Hurrah! A Year of Ta-Dah will give Scissor Sisters diehards — and the uninitiated — a reason to dance and have fun.
Scissor Sisters arrived on the New York scene as gender-blurring, sex-positive firebrands, burst onto the scene with their 2004 disco makeover of Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Their debut album Scissor Sisters reached number one in the UK and was the best-selling album of 2004, later certified platinum by the BPI, and earned them three BRIT Awards in 2005.
In 2006, their follow up single “I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’” hit No. 1 in England and, along with that year’s Ta-Dah, which the track appeared on, vaulted them to superstardom and international accolades. In 2010, Scissor Sisters released Night Work, which peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard 200, and in 2012, they released Magic Hour, which featured guests like Kylie Minogue, Pharrell Williams and Azealia Banks.
The stream of the O2 concert will feature a donate button for the Trans Lifeline: a trans-led 501 non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis through their Hotline and Microgrants programs. They’re for the trans community, by the trans community The Hotline was, and still is, the only service in the U.S. and Canada in which all operators are transgender. Because of the particularly vulnerable relationship transgender people have with police, it is also one of few services with a policy against non-consensual active rescue. Trans Lifeline also recognizes that some problems can’t be solved by emotional support alone, which is why their Microgrants program gives trans people money to legally change their name and gender alongside specialized support for trans people who are imprisoned or detained.
Scissor Sisters, both as a band and individually, have remained intrinsically connected to the fringes of queer culture throughout their career, and in particular have continued to support the queer community in their hometown of New York City. As such, the Trans Lifeline is a charity close to their hearts and they are delighted to be spotlighting them. The collection and dispersal of the funds will be facilitated by YouTube’s Giving program. Fans can donate to Trans Lifeline during the premiere and during the seven-day VOD (video on demand) period afterward.
Next Saturday, get on your dancing shoes and witness this band tear up a stage — and show fans how Scissor Sisters remain germane to the creative and social-justice landscape 13 years on.