To start off Panic! At The Disco’s intimate show at the iHeartRadio Theater (January 15, 2016)
in NY, host Wendy Rollins came out to introduce the band as well as announce that the band’s
just released album, Death Of A Bachelor, reached double platinum in the US.
Once the band hit the stage, Brendon Urie led the crowd instantly with his humor and dance
moves throughout the first song of the night, “Emperor’s New Clothes.” Followed by that was
one of my favorite songs off of the new album, “Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time.”
While singing the line, “I'm a scholar and a gentleman / And I usually don't fall when I try to
stand / I lost a bet to a guy in a Chiffon skirt / But I make these high heels work,” in “Don’t
Threaten Me With A Good Time,” Brendon jokingly did hand movements to match the lyrics
including going on his tippy toes as he sang “But I make these high heels work.”
The moment I waited years for happened when the intro tune to “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
flowed through the room. During the famous line, “What a shame the poor groom's bride is a
whore,” Brendon smiled and stood quiet on the last word, laughing as the crowd shouted the
ending for him. Hearing the song live, you get Brendon’s additional random high pitch notes
that he always seems to hit no matter what, even though he was sick, which he mentions after the
Adding more humor to the show, before singing the next song starting off on the piano, Brendon
said, “I wish I wrote song,” then started playing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” During the
song, the crowd (parents included) united as one singing every word to the song. Brendon didn’t
keep the performance too quiet and calm, he added his burst of energy during the middle of the
song getting back on the stage dancing to the legendary Queen song.
After the song Wendy came back on the stage to talk to Brendon, mentioning that they’re going
to be touring with Weezer. She then asked, “Would you ever consider going the Green Day
American Idiot route? Like full on musical?”
Brendon responded with, “That’s a dream. That would be amazing, I’m a huge fan of Broadway
and musicals. To combine the two would be phenomenal. I have no plans yet, but it takes like a
day to write a Broadway play right? Super easy,” he said sarcastically.
What’s cool about Panic! At The Disco is that they care about their fans. Members in the
audience would sometimes yell remarks or questions during the few second break between
songs, and Brendon would happily say thank you to the remarks or answer the questions. At one
point a fan yelled, “Why are your pants so tight?!,” seconds before the song started. But as soon
as the song ended, he gladly answered the question saying, “It's my comfort zone.”
The next two songs performed were “Victorious” followed by “Miss Jackson.” Before “Miss
Jackson” Brendon said, “This song is about a girl I knew. You probably know it, and yeah I got
If you’re a hardcore Panic! At The Disco fan, you know that Brendon almost always does a back
flip during the song. The stage was so small I wasn’t even sure he would have room, but he did
it anyway and landed it perfectly as always. At the end of the song Brendon jokingly said, “I had
to check my distance on that one.”
Some other songs on the set were “Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind),” “Hallelujah,” and
“Nine In The Afternoon.” One member kept screaming to sing “Death Of A Bachelor” and
Brendon kiddingly responded with, “Damn girl, they only gave us a certain amount of time. We
had to approve each song. Should we just say fuck it all and play a Fall Out Boy set?” Brendon
then took the time to introduce the rest of the band Kenny (guitarist), Dan (drummer), and Dallon
Panic! At The Disco ended the show with a high-powered performance of “This Is Gospel,”
which featured Brendon playing guitar alongside Kenny. When the night was fully over, the
band also took the time to throw guitar picks, drum sticks, while tech guys took the time to give
audience some of the setlists from the show.
Out of the hundreds of shows I’ve attended, this was definitely one of my favorites to watch.
With the band’s energetic music and Brendon’s outgoing stage presence along with his cheerful
personality with his fans, a Panic! At The Disco show is anything but ordinary.
Unfortunately, we were unable to get a photo pass for this event, however, Melanie did manage to make some nice photos to give you an idea of the show. You can see these shots in the gallery below!
Written by Melanie Gomez
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