One listen to Panic! At the Discos latest album Prayer For The Wicked and you’ll be obsessed with its catchy anthems. One trip to seeing them in concert and you’ll fall in love. Yes, fall in love. Not only with Brendon Urie’s charisma but with the incredible production that is well worth the price of a ticket.
Now I’ve seen Panic! At the Disco a few times before but their performance at The Staples Center in Los Angeles seemed different. Could it have been the addition of their fantastic new bassist and string players? Probably. Or maybe it was Urie stint in Kinky Boots that influenced this tour with precise choreography and stunts? Whatever it worked and had the entire audience screaming with joy.
Any movement, smile or breath Urie took the crowd reacted. Even I was entranced Urie’s amazing vocals and song repertoire.
I never realized till I was at the show how many songs I knew. The band started in 2004, with band members coming and going, and ultimately become a one-man act with Brendon Urie. With six albums under his belt, he still manages to release catchy hits that you can’t help but bob your head around. The whole setlist was filled with memorable songs and moments. His set started with the banger “(Fuck A) Silver Lining” and ended with “Victorious.” In between, he sang the classics like “Nine in the Afternoon” and “ I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” to fan favorites like “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Urie even tricked a homage to Kinky Boots with the Cyndi Lauer cover “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”
The production was hands down my favorite part especially when Brendon hovered on top of the crowd singing on a piano. It was simply magnificent.
I give mad props to the man for becoming this relevant with teens. All throughout the venue, I was surrounded by girls and boys under the age of 20 gleefully singing along. He manages to relate to the younger generation. He’s a role model to them. He recently made headlines for being pansexual and made a massive $1 million donation to GLSEN. His show represents acceptance. A place where you can get lost in the moment.
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