(Jake Shears is second from the right) The first time I called Jake Shears for our interview I caught him preparing for a television interview with MTV Europe. He politely asked me if I could call him back another time. "What day is today?," he asked. I told him it was Saturday and that I could call him back the day after. "Oh that would so much better. Oh wait, I'm on a plane somewhere. Not sure when, but you might have to try it a few times. What time zone are you?" Welcome to the life of a rising rock star - hectic, intense and impossible to plan. Especially now that Scissor Sisters is topping the charts in Europe and is on the verge of a major breakthrough in the U.S. Jake Shears, the flamboyant gay lead singer of Scissor Sisters, takes the pressures of being a rock star in stride when he talks about shuttling between his home in New York and the UK where the band has been burning up the charts. "Life has been very intense the last few months, but that's because we're totally brilliant" Shears smirks from his tour bus. "Jetlag hasn't been affecting me that much, but I've definitely been living an early-bird life." The anticipation about the band's success in the U.S. is mounting, but Shears tries to keep two feet on the ground. "Our success in the UK has been so over the top that I'm not really worried about what is going to happen in the States," he says. "We're very excited that the record has come out and we look forward to our U.S. tour in the fall. It has been fun and we don't take anything for granted."