Gig Review by Gena Hollyoake with Photography by Carolyn Brown

Panic! At The Disco

It feels odd referring to Panic! At The Disco as a “band” when in fact, technically it is now the solo project of front man Brendon Urie after original members parted ways a couple of years back. Not that you would know this from the music as Urie has stayed true to Panic’s happy but emo but edgy but a little bit racey style with new album Death Of A Bachelor.

Panic! At The Disco

P!ATD are one of those bands that you grew up listening to. They gave you your first taste of teenage rebellion and having not heard anything from them for years, we were pretty nervous to see whether Urie can still pull this off with only his touring band for company.

Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco

At precisely Nine In The Afternoon (do you think they planned this?) P!ATD took to the stage setting the bar with Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time. Urie clad in his signature burgundy blazer, black pipe jeans and perfectly coiffed hair.

Panic! At The Disco

Well threaten away guys because you most definitely brought a GREAT time. They jumped around the albums, ticking off fan favourites The Ballad Of Mona Lisa, Time To Dance, Vegas Lights and even gave a rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Panic! At The Disco

Every track was performed in style – I mean, you know you are in for a classy affair when there is a brass section onstage, with synchronised dance moves – but even the set with an ever changing background and perfectly timed pyros made it a performance, as opposed to a band just performing.

Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco

The enthusiasm Urie has for being in the spotlight and the obvious passion he has for his music spilled over into the audience making it impossible not to be completely engulfed. Panic! appealed to all ages as kids and their parents were singing, dancing and having fun. When Hallelujah broke out, it actually felt like we were in the middle of a gospel choir.

Panic! At The Disco

Urie is a showman through and through, oozing charisma from every pore. From playing the keys, to the drums, back flipping off the stage and breaking into falsetto – don’t even get us started on his mesmerising snake hips (!), he entertained the entire room and had us all falling in love with him.

Panic! At The Disco

For the encore, Urie teased “this is a new one. If you don’t know the words, don’t feel bad” before cracking on with the track everyone had been waiting for, I Write Sins Not Tragedies.

It is fair to say everyone left the O2 Apollo completely blown away by P!ATD’s performance and an even bigger fan of the band, having had way more than they bargained for. Seeing them perform tonight shows just how far they have come from the A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out days and although we would have loved to have heard more from that album in the set, I guess it’s only fair to share this band with the younger generation and let them grow up with Panic! too. After 13 years of touring, it seems they are going to be around for a hell of a lot longer.

Panic! At The Disco

Support tonight came from Tigertown. A four-peice band from Sydney, Australia, consisting of husband-wife duo Chris and Charlie Collins, rounded out by the former’s brother Alexi and sister Elodie.

Tigertown

Tigertown

Tigertown

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