Anyone who knows Panic! at the Disco knows that a new album means an entire new sound and direction which then means a new tour and stage show. It was that time again for UK fans. But even that excitement can’t cover the disappointment in that the tour only has four dates (eight if you want to count their headliner sets at Slam Dunk Festival and Radio One’s Big Weekend back in May) and is visiting three locations (or six), while the USA got a nationwide tour in the summer and another one due to start in the spring of next year. It could be the bitter side of me talking but that surely can’t be fair.
Anyway, onto the show. Cue a quick intro video of an illustrated car, the exact same one from ‘Death of a Bachelor’ album cover, racing through the streets of Los Angeles and crashing into a pool, again like said album cover, and going straight into ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ the excitement and enthusiasm from fans singing the lyrics back loudly showed how much P!atD had been missed by the UK.
Lead vocalist, Brendon Urie, while certainly a natural performer with his never-ending vocal range and charming stage presence, didn’t seem to be as chatty as he was when they headlined Slam Dunk. But when he did speak to fans his charisma was undeniable as he cracked the occasional joke and poured his heart out with how grateful he was for their fanbase’s unconditional support.
Their setlist was a mixture of a songs from across their whole album discography. From the obvious weed-induced ‘Nine In The Afternoon’ to the vintage style ‘Ready To Go’ to the Frank Sinatra inspired title track of their latest release. One of the highlights of the night was when they performed their cover of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which can be found on the soundtrack of DC Comic’s ‘Suicide Squad’, and, slay my fucking life, their live cover shits on the studio version!
Their set was finished with a three song encore containing the classic ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ where the room erupted with the line, “What a shame the poor groom’s bride is a whore!”, ‘This Is Gospel’ and ‘Victorious’ which concluded with a stream of golden confetti that covered the audience.
It was certainly a entertaining evening filled showstopper hits and a fun stage show. Does it make up for the fact that they only did four dates in the UK? No! But watch this space as they may tour the UK again soon. Well I bloody hope they do. Still love you though, Brendon!
Catch Panic! At The Disco tour Austrailia and North America next year: http://www.panicatthedisco.com/tour