I received Panic! At The Disco's first full length album, "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" as a sixteenth birthday present and then proceeded to bury some teenage angst between the lines of their witty lyrics with every listen. Now, nine years later, the make up and sound of the band has shifted throughout the years, but one thing's for sure- Panic! still turn every live performance into an infectious dance party.
The Las Vegas band exploded onto stage at First Merit Bank Pavillion with a song off their latest album called "Vegas Lights" that begs for the audience to get off their feet, and the crowd didn't disappoint. The concert goers gathered didn't need much encouragement- throughout the night, every time a synth filled chorus or verse kicked in, they danced, clapped and screamed along.
It's been a while since Chicago saw a true Panic! At The Disco headlining show in full theatrics. They played Chicago twice in the fall- once for a headlining show on an off date from their opening spot on the Fall Out Boy tour, and again as part of a radio holiday show- but last night's performance brought together their songs with the full lighting, video and special effects, which completed the experience for concertgoers. While many songs off their latest release Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die! didn't hold my attention when I first listened to the album, I found myself dancing along as they came to life onstage.
The hour and a half long set covered songs from all four of Panic!'s albums and even included a rather epic sing along when they decided to cover Bohemian Rhapsody. Their performance brought out my inner 16 year old and then some, so I'll keep coming back for more.