Panic! At the Disco – Orlando Show Review
Panic! at the Disco, a band which has increased in popularity since the early 2000s, filled Amway Center with thousands of excited fans Friday night. Opening for the band was Saint Motel, who brought an Indie pop vibe to the concert, and MisterWives, who performed both original and cover songs.
MisterWives lead singer Mandy Lee is definitely worth checking out. She has an amazing vocal range, and a good stage presence. By interacting with the audience regularly and bouncing all over the stage, she was able to hype up the audience and get them ready for the rest of the show.
Brendon Urie kept the audience’s mood alive once he reached the stage, even pausing in the middle of a song to do a backflip. Though Panic! at the Disco fans are generally impressed by anything Brendon Urie, affectionately referred to as “Beebo”, does, the tricks he brought to the table were quite impressive.
Panic performed many songs off of their newest album, Death of a Bachelor, as well as a few classics, including “This is Gospel” and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” They also performed their newest work—a cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” originally covered for the movie Suicide Squad. Urie’s vocals were a perfect match for the song, and a reminder of how versatile his style can be.
For the song “This is Gospel,” a video was played on the screen, grabbing the audience’s attention and redirecting it from what was going on at the time. As it ended, a light shone into the middle of the crowd as Urie was lifted into the air sitting on a spinning piano. As the crowd cheered, Urie explained how his mother taught him to play piano at a young age, and then went straight into the song. Afterwards, he slowly made his way back to the stage while singing “Death of a Bachelor,” and giving out high-fives and hugs to awaiting fans.
“Girls/Girls/Boys” was hands-down the most impressive part of the concert, not only because of the band, but because of the audience as well. Dedicated fans took the time to create rainbow colored paper hearts, and distribute them to every seat in the sold out venue—which holds up to 20,000 people in its full capacity. The purpose of these hearts was two-fold, though they serve to symbolize the fight for the equality at every concert, they served another purpose in Orlando—to recognize and honor the victims of the Pulse shooting.
Ultimately, the Death of a Bachelor tour was a great accomplishment for Panic! at the Disco, and the Orlando show was the penultimate stop before completing their journey in Sunrise, Florida.
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