Manchester’s 02 Apollo was completely sold out on Thursday as the time had finally come to welcome back Las Vegas punk-pop sensations, Panic! At The Disco.
Supported by quirky Australian newcomers, Tigertown, the energy was radiating from the crowd. We were so ready for the ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ tour.
Frontman Brendon Urie ran on after the rest of the band in his iconic ruby red suit. Belting out ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’, Brendon’s ability to change pitch and tone so sharply and dramatically stays on your mind for days on end.
The audience never missed a lyric when singing their childhood anthems, as ‘Miss Jackson’, ‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’ and ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ were crowd favourites. Powerful smoke machines and mood light effects completed the stage
Brendon battled with comeback drummer and best friend, Spencer Smith, in the instrumental of ‘Crazy = Genius’ on his own set: his talent is unreal. The band’s ability to enjoy every second and constantly smile at the crowd made us feel like friends rather than fans.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was reborn with Brendon on an elevated grand piano. His falsetto carried through the venue in a way which Freddie Mercury himself would smack him on the back and say, “Hell yeah”‘.
Backflips, jokes and talent galore, Panic! At The Disco performed their songs with such passion that the ground felt like it was shaking. Feel-good favourites, ‘Golden Days’ and ‘LA Devotee’ engulfed you in the music. If your legs weren’t aching then you weren’t jumping hard enough.
Ending the night with three encore songs (three!), ‘Victorious’ took the final bow in the setlist, leaving us breathless and adrenaline hyped. It felt like a dream as the golden confetti iced the audience for a perfect ending.
What a thrilling gig blessed by the God of music that is Brendon Urie.
“I wrote this song for Frank Sinatra but then I remembered he’s dead” – Brendon Urie on ‘Death Of A Bachelor’.