Concert Review: Panic! At The Disco Plays Providence

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Concert Review: Panic! At The Disco Plays Providence

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Panic! At The Disco rocked the Providence Dunkin’ Donuts Center with their concert on January 19th, and the VIP experience was well-worth the extra money. The pre-show began at 7:00 with Betty Who and Two Feet, and Panic! performed from 9:00 to approximately 10:30 p.m.  As usual, front man Brendon Urie connected with the crowd.

At 5:30, my friend and I picked up our VIP merchandise (duffel bag, water bottle, notebook, and poster) and entered the exclusive lounge with about 100 other fans.  The room featured awards, memorabilia, outfits from Panic! At The Disco’s music videos, a piano from their 2005 tour, and a complimentary meal.

At 9:00, after the audience screamed the ten-second countdown, Urie popped up on stage from an ascending platform below.  He wore a gold and black embellished blazer over an otherwise black outfit for most of the concert, removing his coat and shirt for the last few songs.

The 28-song set list included the group’s hits, such as “Victorious,” “High Hopes,” “Nine in the Afternoon,” “This is Gospel,” “Death of a Bachelor,” “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” and “Say Amen (Saturday Night),” as well as lesser-known favorites. Urie also performed covers of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Greatest Show,” from the film The Greatest Showman, and “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” by Bonnie Raitt.  Although Panic! is generally considered an alternative rock band, they explore different genres, such as pop rock.

During “Death of a Bachelor,” Urie walked through the crowd, personally greeting the audience members. He reached a grand piano at the opposite end of the venue and sat. The piano ascended to the ceiling as Urie performed “Dying in L.A,” suspended high above the crowd.

Our seats were fantastic; we were approximately 10 feet from the stage and could see the faces of the band members clearly. Sitting wasn’t a big priority, though, as we and other fans surrounding the stage danced for most of the concert.

Brendon Urie was entertaining and his energy contagious.  He engaged the crowd by smiling and pointing at individual audience members, and fans sang along with the hits. Urie demonstrated his signature back flip during one of the songs and took turns at the guitar and drums. Pyrotechnics, confetti, a fog machine, and colored beams of light in sync with the music enhanced the party atmosphere.

The concert was a thrilling experience and worth the price of admission. We barely noticed the traffic jam in the parking garage and the snowy drive home.

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