Panic! At The Disco have quite the reputation when it comes to live performances, I knew the show was going to be amazing and I was not disappointed at all. The show at the famous O2 Academy Brixton was to celebrate the release of their latest album, ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ which is released on January 15th, and saw them playing their first show of 2016 and some of their new songs for the first time.
Before the show I hadn’t listened to much of support act Charley Marley’s music, but I’m excited to see what else he has up his sleeve. He puts on an amazing live show, barely staying still for a minute and making sure the crowd are bouncing with him. It was a brilliant way to get the crowd warmed up and it was refreshing to have an act doing something different. I definitely recommend giving his music a listen and checking out his live performance because he is one to watch – although he isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, if you’re looking for something new and exciting then give this DCD2 act a chance.
When Panic! came out it was to the screams of thousands of fans and to the sound of their most recent release from their new album ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’. Their new songs translate well on stage, with the whole room bouncing and singing along. It was a perfect start to the night and had the crowd’s attention from the first second to the final note.
They played a brilliant combination of old and new songs, with four songs from the new album, pleasing fans from all eras. There wasn’t one song that didn’t get the crowd going or that didn’t have them screaming the lyrics back at them. Lead singer, Brendon Urie, barely stood still for a moment and the energy was contagious, as Brendon bounced around the stage belting out perfect notes and wowing everyone in the room, the crowd jumped along with them. It wouldn’t be a Panic! show without ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ – the bands first hit from their debut album ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’; the crowd singing so loud at times it was hard to hear the band.
It’s a well-known fact that Brendon Urie is a talented man and Panic! fans will tell you just how amazing his voice is, but hearing it live is such an amazing experience. Brendon hits notes I didn’t know existed, going from 0 to 60 in 0.5 seconds, not only that but he demonstrated his drumming skills in ‘Let’s Kill Tonight’ and played the piano on several songs.
But a stand out moment was definitely the cover of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ which has been a part of the Panic! set for what feels like centuries and it should never leave. It was a highlight of the show and emphasised the talent of the whole band – not just Brendon. Their usual cover was also joined by a tribute to David Bowie, who’s death inspired the band to donate the entirety of their profits from merch sales to Cancer Research.
Panic! At The Disco are performers and that much was made clear. It was nearly impossible to take your eyes from the stage, with backflips and bouncing every moment was filled with movement from someone in the band. And for those rare moments where things were slowed down the room was quieter and you were still unable to look away from the four guys rocking the stage.
The night came to a fantastic close with another new track ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ which seemed to renew the energy of everyone in the room. The show didn’t slow for a moment and this high-energy finish was the perfect way to bring it all to an end. ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is going to be a brilliant album and I can’t wait to get my hands on it on the 15th. Without a doubt you should check out Panic! At The Disco and if you are a fan then get tickets to see them live because it is one hell of a performance.
If you want to see more of the show here’s a playlist of every song they played on my YouTube channel:
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