Panic! at the Disco
Aug. 13, 2014
Three songs in, lead singer Brendon Urie was drenched in sweat and looked ready to pass out, but assured the waiting crowd he was "just getting started. I know I look like I'm done." He then stripped off his shirt, making everyone (girls and guys alike) swoon.
When you've got a backlog of songs as stylistically different as Panic!, a live show in which they must be merged seems like it would be a challenge. But it doesn't come off that way. For 22 songs, the four piece tore through high-energy punk, electro pop and synthesized beats that definitely showcased their Las Vegas roots. Opening with "Vegas Lights" and "Time to Dance," Urie's voice ran the gamut, and he continued on for the entirety of the 90-minute show hitting every low note, every high note and everything in between without seeming like he was even trying. The guy hit Freddie Mercury's high note while covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" without trying, for goodness sake - he's not just the face of the band, he's what helps to define it.
The night ended with a three-song encore from Panic! At the Disco, but instead of just playing their hits (which they did of course - you can't have a Panic! show without ending with their biggest hit to date, "I Write Songs Not Tragedies") they did something different.
Urie performed what he calls "Positive-Hardcore," a concept only his Vine followers typically get to see in which he screams a minute or two of positive affirmations in the style of heavy metal bands. It summed the show up nicely: Panic! at the Disco can perform, but they can also have a hell of a lot of fun, and they'll do pretty much anything to make sure their fans do too.
Panic! At the Disco Setlist
The Ballad of Mona Lisa
The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage
Let's Kill Tonight
Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)
Nine in the Afternoon
The End of All Things
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen cover)
Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off
But It's Better if You Do
Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)
This is Gospel
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
The bands were good and did their part of making a good show. I was…