GIG Review: Panic! At The Disco

With slick backing graphics, fantastic instrumental back up, and almost inhuman levels of energy, Brendon Urie as Panic! At the Disco at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, was an unmissable event.

Warming up the crowd on a bitterly cold Friday night was Australian, four piece Tigertown. The indie-synth group gave a solid and well rehearsed performance, whose only downfall was that it seemed a little too practiced and as such, lacked a little heart. But, with a little more touring under their belt, they are surely a band to watch in the coming years.

Panic! opened with graphics of the car from Death of a Bachelor album art backed by the intro to Black Eyed Peas hit, Pump It (or not, if you wanna be technical), before the band broke into an unbelievably vigorous rendition of Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time.

The rest of the set followed suit. Brendon seemed to be having a great time, throwing in the occasional high note to the delight to the audience, doing back flips onto soap boxes, and generally bouncing around.

The singer also gave a brilliant performance on drums mid set. The bursts of synths punctuating each song gave the set a modern and tidy feel and I overheard more than one person saying how much they enjoyed it.

The crowd was also treated to a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody which was warmly received.

My only complaint about this high-production, high-fun performance was that there wasn’t enough of it. The set, which was only an hour and a quarter, focused heavily on Death of a Bachelor and Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, and only played a one or two songs each from A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Pretty Odd, and Vices and Virtues. This is probably something to do with the band’s steady degeneration from a four-piece to a one-piece, and Urie wanting to focus more on his self-written hits.

Lucky for me, they did play my all time favourite Panic! At the Disco track, It’s Time to Dance, but I know myself and other fans could have done with some old favourites like Let’s Kill Tonight, Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have, But It’s Better If you Do, Build God The We’ll Talk, or even a cutesy cover of When the Day Met the Night.

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Urie also seemed genuinely surprised when he told several hundred Welsh people they were ‘one of the loudest crowds [he’s] ever had’ – clearly someone hasn’t been out in Cardiff on a Saturday night.

The night closed with an emotional version of This is Gospel before Mad Max inspired graphics of the Bachelor car played behind a lively Victorious.

Overall, the night was a brilliant mix of great production, solid vocal and instrumentals, and unflagging energy which was matched, if not more, by the audience. It says a lot when you’re only complaint about a gig is there wasn’t enough of it.

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