I Panicked at the Disco

By Brooke Cochrane

There’s nothing like the experience of seeing your favorite artist live. CAB (Campus Activity Board) took students to the DCU center in Massachusetts to see Panic! At the Disco on Saturday, March 4th. The students paid $20 and non-students paid $25. Even though the seats weren’t great, it was still such an amazing experience.

Through the years, Panic! At the Disco has slowly been losing its members. Currently, only one original member remains: Brendon Urie, the lead singer. His voice is incredible, and even better live. I’ve been wanting to see him live since the song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” came out in 2005. Since then, they’ve released six albums. They’re wildly popular and I have a feeling they always will be.

This tour, called “Death of a Bachelor Tour”, consisted of most of his popular songs and then a few off of the album titled “Death of a Bachelor”, but before Brendon even came on stage, Saint Motel and Misterwives opened for him. By the time I got to the show, Saint Motel only had a few songs left, but from what I heard, they sounded great! Awesome live vocals and the saxophone player made it unique. Misterwives was definitely a crowd favorite. Saint Motel and Panic! At the Disco both have male-fronted singers, but Misterwives had a female-fronted singer and she had quite a powerful voice. They grabbed the audience’s attention immediately because of how professional their stage presence was. I would definitely see them live again.

This concert was unlike any other that I’ve been to, and I’ve been to a lot. Most artists usually talk between songs and try to engage themselves with the audience, but Brendon just sang the entire time. He ended up singing over twenty songs, so it’s no wonder he didn’t stop.

My favorite song he performed was his hit song “This is Gospel.” He moved to the other side of the arena where a piano sat. He sang with just him and his piano as it was lifted into the air. It was personal and his voice was raw and mesmerizing. Every single person in the audience sang along with him. It was utterly beautiful.

He ended the show with his famous song “Victorious” and then that was it. It was just…over. No encore. Still no talking. He just said “thank you” and “I love you” and then walked off stage. Nevertheless, still one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to.

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