Review: Panic! At The Disco, Manchester Academy, 20th November
Panic! At The Disco blessed Manchester with their powerful presence during the European tour to promote their new album release Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die.
The gig was opened by Danish dance rock three-piece, New Politics, who blew the crowd away with their upbeat pop-punk style, guitar hurling and streetdancing. Lead singer, David Boyd, ended their set by singing their final song stood on top of the crowd – fans (literally) supporting him by holding his feet. In the hundreds of gigs that I have attended, not once have I seen such passionate fans of a support band. New Politics latest album, A Bad Girl in Harlem, is available now on iTunes.
P!ATD exploded onto stage with ‘Time to Dance’, a single from their very first album released in 2005. This was welcomed by screams of excitement from the audience, and resulted in the entire Academy singing along and dancing wildly. The set list included a mixture of highly anticipated songs from each of their four albums, including their new single ‘Miss Jackson’. Throughout their set, P!ATD really gave it all they had, resulting in passionate waves of energy from the audience.
Sticking with tradition, the band ducked off stage half way through. The audience chanted “Panic! Panic! Panic!” over and over again, until the familiar intro music to ‘Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off’ began playing – possibly one of the most adored P!ATD songs. The band entered the stage, but something was different – lead singer, Brendon Urie, was now shirtless! This was followed by yet another song from their original album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, ‘But It’s Better If You Do’. Both song titles were inspired from quotes by Natalie Portman’s character in the film Closer.
The set ended with, ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’- Urie donning a top hat similar to the one he wore in the circus-come-wedding themed music video. In the grand finale of the song, the singer flung his top hat into the crowd, followed by his band members throwing plectrums and drumsticks.
The gig was a success! The whole venue was buzzing with excitement, and inspired fans both young and old.