By: Brent X. Mendoza
Tuesday, March 1, multi-platinum Billboard chart toppers Panic! At The Disco brought their theatrical stage show to the world famous Roxy Theatre. Showcasing music from their forthcoming release Vices & Virtues, the band, featuring an all new rhythm section, was eager to test out their freshly recorded, new material on a room packed with diehard devotees.
“This is so awesome! We’ve only played three shows since we finished recording… and this is the best one! So glad we moved here; feels like home.” This being the opening proclamation from front man Brendon Urie, before the band plowed through a boisterous set filled with a well balanced mixture of new songs and fan favorites.
Dressed sharply in coats and ties, the boys were accompanied by a small string section, and delivered a highly energetic performance whose highlights included new tunes “Let’s Kill Tonight”, “Nearly Witches”, and the brand new single, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa”. Performing to a young, mostly female crowd, the kids didn’t miss a beat, having already taken to heart all the lyrics from the yet unreleased new record.
Rounding out their set with hits “Nine In The Afternoon” and “But It’s Better If You Do”, the band had the teenage mass under their spell, especially after bringing down the house with mega smash sing-along “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”; the pièce de résistance, the crowd had been waiting for all evening.
“From the bottom, the top, and the middle of my heart, this is the best show we’ve played!” exclaimed Urie. A closing statement of gratitude that the legions of Panic! fans at The Roxy undoubtedly agreed with.
(VIOLIN) THE ONLY DIFFERENCE…
BUT IT’S BETTER…
MAD AS RABBITS
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