A near religious experience of a baptism of backflips and bombastic bops, under a bright brilliance of beaming lustres. Las Vegas residents Panic! At The Disco perplexed an eclectic pool of sinners with a grandiose greatest showman magnetism, performing a duo of sell-out shows at London’s lofty o2 Arena, a staggering sentence vivacious vocalist Brendon Urie never deemed fit to fall from his lips.
A ten-minute ticking timer tormentingly tantalises the tents attendees climaxes its countdown, comparatively ponderous than that of ‘Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die’ cut ‘Vegas Lights’ famous five-second subsiding integers, the tenacious 20,000 capacity crowd frenetically combust to the quaint set of string and brass band backing. Springboarding into a sequenced scatter of shooting metallic strips, frontman Brendon Urie is bedecked from the top of his quiff to the tip of his toes in a razzle-dazzle blazer and taut leather trouser gig getup. Preluding the stupendous 28 song setlist with sixth studio album ‘Pray For The Wicked’ song ‘(F*** A) Silver Lining’ sublime flippant remarks and fame found fortunes.
Interlude breakdowns a plenty imposes rhythmic beats and balladesque strings, switching amid smash hits. Honing in on Urie’s sublime signature ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ hypothetical high heel sashay to ‘Dancing’s Not A Crime’ don’t care cavort demeanour, the 31-year-old flamboyantly frolics atop of an occult triangular rostrum.
Solitary wandering down the Death Walk to the Sinatra suaveness of ‘Death Of A Bachelor‘ declares Brendon’s self-assurance to allure the superior presence of a once full four bodied band. Tackling a torrent of fervent fans, fore fronting flags adorned with Panic! At The Disco’s moniker manipulated into a London underground station sign, the singer shook hands of standing sinners before facing a ballad-heavy fate. Walking to a gleaming white grand piano, b stage Brendon honours a homage to home evoking childhood comforts in a captivating cover of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’. Latterly levitating upon a white circular saucer which cruises across the crowd, albeit as the pessimistic promises of ‘Dying In LA’ let Brendon Urie’s vocal vicinity lavish in timeless tones that take off into his high note famed falsetto.
Glistening in the glory of ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ a rainbow refraction amasses the audience, as the P!ATD project plasters a palette of heart hues under a colourful confetti social movement symbolism. Taken aback by the arenas affectionate action draped in a flurry of pride flags, Brendon brands the radiant array “That stands for love, acceptance and understanding.”
Trapeze and tightropes trigger a Hugh Jackman jaunt, derived from blockbuster stunner ‘The Greatest Show’ backdrop of captive Macaques monkeys ignite the audaciously enthralling theatrical value Panic! At The Disco display. Blitzing through ‘Miss Jackson’ drum battles and bold backflips and blasting the bands trademark rendition of Queen classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Urie literally takes back the non cover song crown mid a mist of ‘King Of The Clouds’ smog, as the overlord of all evil begins a burning decent to the depths of the stages underground surface, post an enlivening edition of ‘Emperors New Clothes’.
Cheersing the crowd with his beverage concealed cup, Brendon brought on an emo encore Fever fans foretold. A song that started it for Panic! the patent pattering strings signify ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ nostalgia, presenting mirror imagery of an alter ego circus commander complete with a top hat and tailcoat co-ord.
Ending the encore enlisting empowering wise words of wisdom “Thank you for existing. You guys understand how important that is? Of course you know that you’re geniuses! The only reason we get to live this dream out is because every single one of you allowed it to happen”, Brendon Urie bursts into celebratory closer ‘Victorious’ as a golden confetti cloud concludes the 28 song setlist, a scintillating spectacle that’s every inch Panic! At The Disco performing prowess.
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Check out the setlist from Panic! At The Disco’s ‘Pray For The Wicked’ tour here:
1. (F*** 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
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 (Pasek and Paul cover)
20. King Of The Clouds
21. High Hopes
22. Miss Jackson
23. Roaring 20s
24. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen cover)
25. Emperors New Clothes
26. Say Amen (Saturday Night)
27. I Write Sins Not Tragedies