The Death and Rebirth of a Bachelor: Panic! At The Disco and DCU Center, Worcester MA Saturday March 4, 2017
Following the release of “Death Of A Bachelor” and its Grammy nomination, a new wave of Panic! At The Disco fans emerged. They were out and about on the DOAB tour, decked out in tour merchandise sporting brightly dyed hair. The crowd was relatively young, but I also noticed a number of girls my age, but they were not die-hard lifelong fans. No, these were girls who only knew the singles and the new material, not even “Vices and Virtues.”
Brendon is better than ever. I’m not sure if it’s experience or more vocal training, but he continues to improve in his skill through the years. He’s been doing this for eleven years, so he’s no rookie. He also is the only one left of the original lineup, but he carries it well. It was fun to hear the new stuff live, and the production value of this tour was incredible. There were screens that showed snips of music videos, or other video material that matched the theme of the album the songs were off of.
It was really cool to see him go back to his roots, playing “The Only Difference/Camisado/But It’s Better If You Do” in a medley. Those were songs that got me into the band, and hearing them live again was nostalgic. However, this was the only nod to older material other than “Nine In The Afternoon” and “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies” (of course).
There was a part in the middle of the show that Brendon left stage, and the screens showed him being abducted by Pete Wentz. It seemed like a nod to the Fall Out Boy music video story when they released “Save Rock And Roll”; it was very reminiscent of “Young Volcanoes” in particular. Then, the lights went up and suddenly Brendon was on a floating stage playing a piano version of “This Is Gospel” not unlike this video. There was confetti falling the whole time, and when the song was over Brendon called himself “Confetti wap,” a nod to famous rapper Fetty Wap.
After that, Brendon had to make his way through the crowd back to the stage. Brendon Urie. Thousands of teenage girls freaking out. That’s a rough combination. And on top of that, he was singing “Death of a Bachelor” while making his way through and the best part was that his vocals were entirely unaffected, with him even interspersing “How are you, darling?” and hellos as he was hugging and high-fiving his way through the sea of teenyboppers. It was pretty awesome.
Perhaps one of the most interesting moments of the show was when they played “Girls/Girls/Boys.” On the first night of the tour and every following night, people have been handing out heart-shaped pieces of colored printer paper. The purpose is to light up the paper with your phone light during that song, because it’s technically about bisexuality/the LGBT community.
The videos on the screen during this song were my favorite, showing footage from gay rights marches from the 80s and celebrities who are LGBT like Laverne Cox, Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris. Brendon remarked that Worcester had the largest display of these hearts yet, and I believe it. The entire stadium was dotted with colorful lights.
“People are scared. And they should be,” he said after the song ended. He remarked that this current generation was the one that was going to change the world, blah blah, the typical pro-millenial shpeel that is inescapable at most concerts.
However, it came off as sincere and considering Brendon is so young it came from a good place. He even said that when this generation changes things, “we’ll be right there with you.”
Panic! At The Disco is still going strong. They haven’t quite faltered, and have only continued to get more successful. It’s well deserved, and even though Fall Out Boy is back from their hiatus and still making music, there’s no other classic emo band from that era that has kept their momentum as well as Panic! has. It’s impressive, and it’s for good reason. Brendon is talented, dedicated, personable, and marketable. All that wrapped up into a killer performance makes them still fun to listen to for long-timers like me, and the new wave of preteens looking for an idol.