Panic! At the Disco with Junior Prom and The Colourist
Miami Beach, FL
February 8th, 2014
It has been nearly ten years since Panic! At the Disco was discovered, and they’re still going strong. Despite a change of tone and the loss of half of the band, the remaining half of Panic! At the Disco managed to not only pull themselves back together, but rose from the ashes of what was left. The success of P!ATD was apparent to anyone who drove past the sold-out Fillmore on February 8th.
First up was Junior Prom, a two-piece band from New York City. The dancey alternative duo put on a fun little set, playing songs like “International” and “Sheila Put The Knife Down.” They were a nice fit to get the celebration started.
California’s indie pop band, The Colourist, was up next. They were an interesting pick for the tour, but regardless, they seemed to be loved by all. With a fun female drummer/singer, who couldn’t love them? The crowd danced along to their hits “Yes Yes,” “We Won’t Go Home,” and the popular “Little Games.”
After two seemingly-long sets (at least to those anxious for the main act,) the crowd was growing restless and anxious to see their beloved Panic! Finally, the lights dimmed. It was time. The boys of Panic! sauntered out and took their place, including the wonderful frontman, Brendon Urie, emerged decked out in a gold glitter jacket. Amidst the roaring screams, the band blasted into “Vegas Lights” off their latest album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! Panic! did an excellent job of playing both old and new songs, including their legendary breakout album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. They also managed to avoid their (in my opinion) weakest album, Pretty. Odd, only playing “Nine In the Afternoon.” The crowd didn’t seem to mind one bit, as everyone danced and sang along to newer hits, “Miss Jackson” and “This Is Gospel.” Just as expected, the entire venue erupted whenever an original song came on. From the ever-popular first demo, “Time To Dance,” to the music-videoless “Camisado,” it seemed that every single person knew the lyrics. Taking a quick break, Panic! and a shirtless Brendon Urie returned to the still-hungry crowd to play the new “Girls / Girls / Boys,” and the song that started it all: “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
The true spectacle of the night was Mr. Urie, who bounced around the stage just as energetic as ever. From rad guitar riffs to intimate piano solos, all the way to his fabulous falsetto moments, Urie was the one everyone had their eyes on—oh yeah, did I forget throwing their bras at.
The night was magical, and proving that ten years of time can’t hold them back. Panic! at the Disco is back with a vengeance and is not going anywhere any time soon!
Written and photographed by Ashleigh Ahern