Panic! At the Disco comes to Austin for 2019 tour

Panic! At the Disco comes to Austin for Pray For the Wicked 2019 tour.

The Magnet Tribune: Zoe Alvarez

Panic! At the Disco comes to Austin for Pray For the Wicked 2019 tour.

Zoe Alvarez, Staff writer

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Setlist:
1. (F**ck A) Silver Lining
2. Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
3. Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
4. Hey Look Ma, I Made It
5. LA Devotee
6. Hallelujah
7. Crazy=Genius
8. The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
9. Nine In The Afternoon
10. One Of The Drunks
11. Casual Affair
12. Vegas Lights
13. Dancing’s Not a Crime
14. This Is Gospel
15. Death Of A Bachelor
16. I Can’t Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt cover)
17. Dying in LA
18. The Greatest Show (cover)
19. Girls/Girls/Boys
20. King Of The Clouds
21. High Hopes
22. Miss Jackson
23. Roaring 20s
24. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen cover)
25. Emperor’s New Clothes
Encore
26. Say Amen (Saturday Night)
27. I Write Sins Not Tragedies
28. Victorious

It was 30 degrees in Austin, Texas as Panic! At the Disco fans eagerly waited for the venue doors to open. Everyone was dressed in concert attire which included pride flags of all sorts, band shirts, jean jackets filled with pins and jackets and much more. My father and I opted for warm comforting jackets rather than concert attire (this meant I had to sacrifice wearing my Panic! At the Disco shirt for a puffy jacket). Panic! At the Disco was in town for their Pray for the Wicked tour.

The venue doors opened at 7:00 pm sharp and the people rushed in. After security checks, my father and I headed immediately for the merch tables. There I bought myself a tour to continue my concert traditions and a lanyard.

After a quick pit stop for some brisket sandwiches, we were situated in our seats. We were seated perfectly in front and center of the stage. How my father scored these tickets I will never know. I couldn’t wait for the show. Many concert reviews spoke highly of this show especially on how well Brendon Urie puts on a show. It was my turn to find out how good of a showman he would be.

The show began with two opening acts, Betty who and Two Feet. Betty who was a show of dance while Two Feet was instrumental. Those dance moves and guitar riffs set the mood for the night.

When it was time for the main event, the lights in the stadium went out and a bright white stopwatch was displayed on the stage. Fans screamed in excitement and began to count down once the clock hit ten seconds.

The time stopped and the intro to (F**ck a) Silver Lining began. Right front and center, Brendon Urie popped out from the stage. The song began with a boom of the confetti and spark of the stage lights. He sure knew how to make a big entrance. Brendon Urie is known for his intense vocal range. He pulled off every high note in the first song and sang his heart out to his loving fans. Excellent vocals and dynamic performances called for a great concert that night.

The show continued songs from their albums Death of a Bachelor, Vices and Virtues, Pretty. Odd. Too Weird to Live Too Rare to Die, and A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.

During his performance of LA Devotee, Brendon Urie played a drum solo and did a backflip off his stage to the stage below him. Something Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots does at their shows.

Song after song Brendon Urie continued. Making the fans scream for him every so often. He had the entire crowd wrapped around his finger. He played The Ballad of Mona Lisa and Nine in the Afternoon. Oldies but goodies loved by the older fans.

Afterward, he played One of the Drunks, in which he said: “I have a lot of hobbies, drinking’s one of them.” He humored the fans with jokes and witty remarks.

He played This is Gospel, one of the bands most iconic songs. Fans sand the song word for word. This was the first song that introduced me to the band while I was in middle school.

He then transitioned to Death of a Bachelor where he got off of the stage and walked through the crowd. This was known as the “Death Walk”. He greeted, hugged, high fived, and smiled to fans. People screamed and cried as if God had passed right by them.

Once he reached his destination, he walked onto a white circular platform with a white grand piano. He was then suspended into the air for his song Dying in LA

I myself couldn’t believe the fact that the Brendon Urie was twenty feet away from me. During his performance, people began to sway their arms with their cellphone flashlights on. It was a spectacular sight to see. He captured the audience as he floated over them.

He finally made it back to the mainstage and played a few songs from Pretty. Odd. He then sang an iconic song to his fans, Girls/Girls/Boys. A song known as the bisexuality anthem within the LGBTQ+ community. He wrapped a gay pride flag around himself as he was singing. Fans threw almost ten pride flags onto the stage. He wore each and every one of them around his neck. The stadium was illuminated by the colors of the pride flag. People shined different colored paper hearts through their cellphone flashlights. Once he finished the song, a pride flag was displayed on the stage with the word “love” on it.

The show continued along with the songs King of the Clouds and High Hopes from his latest album Pray For the Wicked. Brendon Urie shocked the crowd with his high notes in both songs. Many danced and sang to High Hopes. This performance gave me a sense of inspiration and determination in life. Brendon Urie always leaves the fans feeling much different than when the show started.

 

He moved on to Too Weird To Live Too Rare To Die with the song Miss Jackson. This throwback of a song sure had the crowd ecstatic. The stadium was filled with the sound of the audience’s singing.

Brendon continued with Emperor’s New Clothes and the newest hit song Say Amen. The crowd was wild for Brendon and this song. He hit every high note and would hold out every high not just to show the audience what they came to see.

He continued with the song that put Panic! At the Disco on the map, I Write Sins Not Tragedies. He even started with a speech proclaiming his appreciation and love for his fans.

You’re making my dreams come true and I thank you for that. This song is for all you gorgeous souls.”

— Brendon Urie

“You’re making my dreams come true and I thank you for that,” he said. “This song is for all you gorgeous souls,”

The show finally came to its final song, Victorious. He also gave a little speech to the fans.

“I have to let you know if you don’t already how important you are, okay? Not just to Panic! At the Disco, but in the existence of everything,” he said.

I have to let you know if you don’t already how important you are, okay? Not just to Panic! At the Disco, but in the existence of everything.”

— Brendon Urie

He added the extra touch of importance on the life of his fans, each and every one of them. 

“Be kind to each other and we’ll see you soon, we love you!” He said and the final song began.

Be kind to each other and we’ll see you soon, we love you!”

— Brendon Urie

Panic! At the Disco is one of the many bands I’d definitely see again. Brendon Urie is one of the best showmen out there. He had some of the best audience interactions, stories, and more. He also proved his genuine vocals and impressed the crowd with his vocals, especially when hitting every high note. As a concert goer, I recommend checking out Panic! At the Disco.