Panic! at the Disco
Brendon Urie probably never thought he'd be the only original member standing from his band Panic! at the Disco, but being the sole survivor didn't seem to bother him while performing in front of a sold-out crowd at Tempe's Marquee Theatre Friday night. Heck, pretty much the whole Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! tour, named after the band's current album, has been sold out.
As drummer Spencer Smith, the only other original member, is off getting help for addiction, Urie didn't have any trouble commanding the young crowd, who gobbled up his backflips, flirtatious banter, and shirtless performances during the nearly 90-minute set.
The band kicked off the show by launching into four songs from three different albums before Urie even spoke to the crowd, purring, "Hello, my beautiful Valentines. How many people came here single without a Valentine?" After all the shrieks from ladies erupted throughout the room, he naughtily continued, "This is going to be good."
The Nevada-born Urie and the band brought the glitz, giving the set a Las Vegas feel with six flashy video screens (including one on the front of a piano), plus smoke that shot up from the stage. The Panic! at the Disco frontman wore a sparkly gold jacket and leather pants as brightly colored lights splayed across the stage.
It was one of the cooler setups this rock venue sees, as there was always something to watch onstage, whether it be smoke or vintage film showing on the screens.
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Urie traded dialogue for musicianship, hitting more soprano high notes than ever before, playing drums on tracks such as "Let's Kill Tonight," tickling the piano keys during songs like "Camisado," and manning the synth between octaves. His vocals were on point, and they were pretty amazing when he performed some screamo songs -- including a hardcore version of Elvis' "Can't Help Falling in Love."
Though most of the visuals lent themselves to a Vegas vibe, with bright tones and glittery effects bouncing off Urie's gold jacket, the Marquee was transformed into a rock church during "This Is Gospel," as stained-glass images lit the stage. The audience faithfully followed Urie, who commanded the room as if it were his church.
The set list was a good mix of songs from all four of the band's albums, though there were just a couple from the decidedly odd-for-P!ATD album Pretty.Odd. The audience seemed to like all the songs equally, a testament to the longevity of the band considering their ever-evolving sound. Urie may be the only member left from the originals, but he seems to be all fans really need.
Time to Dance
The Ballad of Mona Lisa
The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage
Let's Kill Tonight
This Is Gospel
Ready to Go
Nine in the Afternoon
The End of All Things
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)
Can't Help Falling in Love (encore)
I Write Sins Not Tragedies (encore)
Personal Bias: I've been a fan of the band for 10 years, since it first broke out.
The Crowd: High school- and college-aged couples.
Overheard in the crowd: "Take it off!" Urie did, indeed, indulge the crowd by going sans shirt toward the end of the show.
Random Notebook Dump: Last year, Urie told PrideSource he gets "stage gay" during concerts. I totally can see that.
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