The final show of Panic! at the Disco’s The Death of a Bachelor Tour wraps up in South Florida.
– review of the show at the BB&T Center (Sunrise).
At first glance it was hard to understand why Saint Motel, a band with already a few big radio hits (Cold, Cold Man, Move and My Type, kicked the show off rather than have second billing to Panic!, but regardless of placement it just worked. In mere seconds, the California natives rung in the crowd with their Indie-Pop pleasing music that had everybody nodding their heads and clapping along before giving way to the seemingly unknown MisterWives. Like a kid on a caffeine overdose, the band packed so much energy in their set that all those unfamiliar with them were quickly becoming fans. All over the BB&T Center you could see teens and adults alike singing and dancing along with them. MisterWives reminded me a lot of No Doubt, especially with lead singer Mandy Lee parading around all over the stage with her band adding to the flair. During the band’s set Mandy performed a beautiful tribute to the drummer, also her husband. If you get a chance definitely check them out, you’ll be dancing in your room in no time.
So now after the appetizers, it was time for the main course, Panic! at the Disco. Still fresh off their Grammy-nominated best rock album of 2017, frontman Brendon Urie electrified the crowd with the first
notes of Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time. The high-pitched screaming and cheering from the crowd was almost louder than the band themselves. Even so, Urie has this captivating stage presence and a hypnotic way of getting everybody on their feet…even the parents who just came along to chaperone.
The band’s set included 22 songs without much of a pause or lull. They had everything from pyrotechnics on stage to Urie disappearing then suddenly reappearing as he sat at a piano and ascended from the middle of the arena floor within the crowd. A beautiful, heavenly spotlight shone on him while he sang to a sea of cell phone flashlights swaying to the music. Even if you weren’t very familiar with the band, you got swept up in the emotion felt between Urie and the crowd.
During the song Girls/Girls/Boys, Urie donned a rainbow flag on his mic stand while images of well-known LGBTQ celebrities flashed on the screen behind him. Before the show, some fans were passing out pieces of heart shaped paper in different colors and during the song, concertgoers held them over the flashlights of their phone lighting up the crowd with every color of the rainbow. It was truly a magical moment to look around and feel the unity in the arena. He said a few words after the song was over and got choked up about the positive changes we’ve made in society to become more open-minded about love. Looking around, he wasn’t the only one feeling the power of the moment.
Following Girls/Girls/Boys, they played their cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, which was featured in the movie Suicide Squad. It was during this song that Urie really showcased his extensive vocal range, which is similar to Freddy Mercury’s.
Panic! played a few of their newer songs off their most recent album, Death of a Bachelor, and a mashup of three songs off their first album, A Fever You Can’t Swear Out. Urie showed of his multifaceted talent by playing piano to a cover of Billy Joel’s Movin’ Out and even drums to a mashup of Bruno Mars’s 24k Magic and their own B*tch Better Have My Money, which had the crowd roaring.
This being the last show of the tour, Urie thanked the previous bands, his touring band and all the fans who come to shows and have been around from the start. The show ended with the song Victorious while confetti shot out in to the crowd. All in all, I didn’t see a single person sitting down the entire show, which is something I haven’t seen before.
Urie has recently announced that he will be starring in Cyndi Lauper’s musical Kinky Boots on Broadway, which will run from May until August.
Panic!’s set list:
- Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
- L.A. Devotee
- Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
- Golden Days
- Vegas Lights
- The Only Difference between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage/Camasido/But It’s Better If You Do (mash up)
- Nine in the Afternoon
- Miss Jackson
- This is Gospel
- Death of a Bachelor
- The Ballard of Mona Lisa
- Movin’ Out(Anthony’s Song) – Billy Joel Cover
- Emperor’s New Clothes
- Let’s Kill Tonight
- 24K Magic/B*tch Better Have My Money (cover)
- Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen Cover)
- I Write Sins Not Tragedies