On Sunday, July 29 Panic! at the Disco brought their Pray for the Wicked Tour to Infinite Energy Center in Duluth for a truly spectacular show, with Haylee Kiyoko and Arizona in support.
Haylee was the first up on stage. She was so entertaining to watch as she danced away her entire set with dazzling lights as the backdrop. When Arizona took stage, there was a lull in action. Especially with the band being bookend by Hayle Kiyoko, who is high energy, and Panic which is nothing but nonstop action. So I was taken back by the lack of movement, but when the lead singer, Zack Hannah, opened his mouth I was dumbfounded. I instantly knew why they were on tour with Panic! at the Disco. Their music and melody fit in perfectly with the soundscape of the evening.
At the 10 minute mark, prior to Brendon Urie and company taking the stage, a countdown appeared and the sold out crowd erupted in pandemonium with utter hysterics at the mere thought of seeing Panic! at the Disco in just a few short minutes. The excitement was palpable in the air, as it caught like wild fire and spread through the jam packed stadium.
Panic! at the Disco took the stage for a 28-song set list that encapsulated the band’s 14 year catalog with precision. Performed hits such as Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time, Death of a Bachelor, Miss Jackson and Victorious. Of course some of the highlights were the personal notes intertwined with a few covers, like Robert Hazard Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and of course no show would be complete without a cover of Queen’s Bohemiem Rhapsody. It was a true beautiful feat to see the arc of music that was performed with such raw, abandoned intensity.
Brendon Urie sure knows how to put on a show, regardless if it was on the main stage performing with his band he leaves it all on the stage for the crowd; regardless if it was singing, playing the drums, guitar or piano – this is a Renaissance Man for sure with his plethora of talent. Or simply walking through the crowd to show gratefulness and love to the fans while he was still performing. That has always awe struck me when performers are interacting in an intimate way with thousands of people while still carrying on. It was really beautiful when Brendon sat at his piano and performed Bonnie Raitt’s cover of I Can’t Make You Love Me while being suspended over the crowd. It was absolutely breath taking.
There was not one moment that was not beautiful or impact by seeing a Panic! at the Disco show. Personally, for me, it’s all about the inclusive nature of the show. Everyone is welcomed, loved and honored at the show and you feel that radiate across the entire stadium.
If you get a chance, definitely put Panic! at the Disco on your list of must see shows. They will not disappoint you.
Review By: Danielle Boise
Photos By: Danielle Boise