Panic! At the Disco came to ESU and performed a variety of their most popular music on Thursday, April 21.
The CAB sponsored event took place at 8 p.m. at the Mattioli Recreation Center.
The line of fans waiting to enter the Rec Center stretched past the parking lot, revealing students’ excitement for the event.
DJ Reed Streets and Secret Weapons were the opening acts of the night.
The DJ essentially kept the crowd mellow, providing some background jams for the attendees eagerly awaiting Panic’s arrival.
Secret Weapons took the stage next, with a sound that seemed vaguely familiar. Despite the drums and symbols seeming to drown out the rest of the instruments , some of the band’s music was catchy.
The lead singer had a style similar to that of Brendon Urie’s, making them an obvious choice as opener for Panic! At the Disco.
After a long intermission, Panic finally took the stage. Their first song of the night, “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time,” provided the perfect, energetic start to their set.
“Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” is one of the tracks off Panic’s newest album, “Death of a Bachelor.” Songs from the new album, released on January 15, added an interesting element to the concert.
While many fans lost their minds during classics such as “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” the excitement for their newest music was palpable as well.
The next song, “LA Devotee,” is also off Panic’s newest album. The upbeat rhythm, along with Urie’s energetic performance made for a show that fans couldn’t take their eyes off of.
After this, Urie transitioned into “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” a hit from their 2011 album “Vices & Virtues.”
Panic wasted no time by performing one song right after the other. Fans definitely got enough for their money, considering how many songs were performed in one concert.
At one point, Urie took a turn playing a drum solo, which promptly sent the crowd into excited cheers.
“Emperor’s New Clothes” was definitely a crowd favorite. The guitar solos were fun to listen to, and Urie showcased his impressive vocal range.
Another favorite, “Girls/Girls/Boys,” from their 2013 album “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” had a funky beat that had fans moving on their feet.
Urie showed he wasn’t just a singer, by playing the guitar for a bit. The guy really knows how to entertain, and proves how much musical talent he really has.
Before performing the next song, Urie gave a little introduction to “Miss Jackson.” He gave the audience some advice on dating, and told the story behind the song. Unfortunately even Urie hasn’t escaped the dating scene unscathed. From the inspiration for the song, Urie explained, “you learn some lessons the hard way.”
The crowd collectively lost their minds mid song when Urie did a back flip off the drum set.
Panic proceeded to play another of their hit songs “Nine in the Afternoon;” a song off their 2008 album “Pretty. Odd.”
I know I’m not alone when I say I was curious to hear what came next as Urie made a cryptic comment about the next song having been practiced backstage.
Suddenly the band launched into a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and I was absolutely pleasantly surprised.
The crowd sang along enthusiastically, as Urie did the song the due justice that it deserves.
Probably one of Panic’s most famous songs, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” was up next. The hit, off their 2005 album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,” is likely one of their best known songs ever. Needless to say, the crowd loved their performance of it.
“This is Gospel” was up next, once again showcasing Urie’s vocal talent. The range needed to sing this song alone is impressive, not to mention Urie nailed the performance despite nearing the end of the concert.
The last song, “Victorious,” left the crowd feeling happy and content with Panic’s performance, though I was really hoping for an encore, which unfortunately never came.
Urie’s talent was undeniable, and if given the choice I would definitely see Panic perform live again.
Stay tuned for more events sponsored by CAB.
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