Panic! At The Disco @ Eventim Apollo 9th May 2014

Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada are Panic! At The Disco. This pop rock band consist of Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Spencer Smith (drums), and as of 2010, bass guitarist Dallon Weekes. I have been a fan since they released debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out back in 2005 as their style is very similar to Blink 182 and Fall Out Boy. This tour was in conjunction with the 4th LP Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!. It came as no surprise that each date on the tour sold out.

So the choice of venue in London was the Hammersmith Apollo (or the Eventim Apollo as it is now known as). I arrived at the venue around 12.30pm to see that there was a massive line already. At a guess I would say 60ish people were already there and the first lot had been there since 6am. It was all quite surprising really as I hadn’t expected that many people to be there at that time. Yes the show had sold out but Panic have not made that much of an impact on the UK charts. The most successful album being sophomore LP Pretty Odd which charted at #2 whilst Nine In The Afternoon which was also lifted from that record became their highest charting single at #13. The queueing was stressful but it had to be done. Come 6.45pm the doors opened and people flowed in section by section. Knowing that there could be moshing I stayed well clear of the centre. My main priority was to get on that barrier as you really need something to hold onto. So the spot I chose was to the far left and was exactly the same spot as I had for The Killers.

Each album was represented throughout the set. 7 songs were taken from début A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, another 7 from Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, 5 from Vices & Virtues and only 1 from Pretty Odd which was in fact pretty odd considering that album is simply amazing.

Vegas Lights: This was literally an explosion and it was a right crowd pleaser. Plenty of fans were screaming once Brendon made his entrance on the Hammersmith stage. Vegas Lights was uptempo and contagious which resulted in everyone singing along.

Time To Dance: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out is my favourite Panic album and I was especially pleased that this made its way into the set. Time To Dance which was an infectious rip roaring number is probably the single which never was. Brendon Urie’s vocals were simply spectacular and he put every thing into it.

The Ballad Of Mona Lisa: When I first heard material live from Vices & Virtues I did not like it. The album was no A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out or Pretty Odd. But just hearing songs being performed live from this album again I have begun to appreciate them more. The Ballad Of Mona Lisa was super catchy and fans were singing along to the chorus “Whoa, Mona Lisa/ You’re guaranteed to run this town/ Whoa, Mona Lisa/ I’d pay to see you frown”.

The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage: I adored this song everything about it was spectacular from the catchy verses to its storming chorus

Let’s Kill Tonight: Again taken from the 3rd LP Let’s Kill Tonight was flawlessly delivered and Brendon Urie even played the drums right at the end.

This Is Gospel: This was the recent single taken from the new album and despite this power pop number charting at #179 in the Singles Chart This Is Gospel is one hell of a song. Live this was a complete cracker and I rather adored it. From just being in the crowd everyone felt the same way as well. Urie who was on guitar for this perfectly sang this number faultlessly.

Camisado: This song oozed energy, it was catchy at the same time and plenty of people were singing along.

Hurricane: Again this was taken from Vices & Virtues. It was incredibly delivered and Brendon’s vocals were out of this world but this tune failed to captivate me.

New Perspective: I found this to be both sleek and funky. New Perspective featured on the Jennifer’s Body soundtrack. I have to say hearing this live was quite something. I rather liked the upbeat melody and the lyrics had plenty of people singing along.

Casual Affair: Now Urie’s vocals were extraordinary. There was a beat to Casual Affair plus the lyrics were uber contagious.

Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind): This was a complete corker. It went down a treat with the packed crowd even I was rocking out to it.

Miss Jackson: “This next song is about a dirty, dirty whore” Urie then said before he went into this explosive tune. The crowd was literally electric and it was the first single taken from the new LP. It was surprising it only reached #61 because live it was absolutely phenomenal and everyone loved every single second. Towards the end Brendon did a backflip.

Nine In The Afternoon: Urie took to the piano for this. “This song is for Emma” he then said before delving into the only song in the set to be taken from the sophomore LP. Nine In The Afternoon was infectious and I found it to be more pop than rock.

Intermission + The End Of All Things: Intermission was rather short whilst The End Of All Things was a ballad which sounded rather angelic. For this Brendon was on the piano and was joined by the other members mid point.

Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off: This is arguably one of my favourite Panic songs. It had been superbly written and the vocals live were well and truly remarkable. Other than singing along plenty of people were jumping up and down on the spot.

Nicotine: Everyone sang along to this and the verses were well and truly out of this world. Urie’s vocals were strong and mesmerizing as well. Nicotine was pop rock and plenty of people were fist pumping the air.

But It’s Better If You Do: Brendon took to the piano for this infectious danceable number. I found this to be really uptempo.

Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met): Now this ended what had been an excellent night. This went down well with the crowd as everyone was chanting back the lyrics.

Girls/ Girls/ Boys: This was the first tune of the encore and the beginning of the performance it the synths sounded slightly retro. When Urie took to the stage he was bare chested. Still Girls/ Girls/ Boys was sung to perfection and it had punchy lyrics which certainly grabbed your attention “Girls love girls love boys”.

I Write Sins Not Tragedies: After a ritual of Positive Hardcore Thursday which was well hardcore it was then onto I Write Sins and this literally raised the roof. This was an incredible number to end on because everyone was chanting away to every lyric Brendon was singing. My favourite part had to be the fast paced chorus.

SET LIST

Vegas Lights
Time To Dance
The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage
Let’s Kill Tonight
This Is Gospel
Camisado
Hurricane
New Perspective
Casual Affair
Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
Miss Jackson
Nine In The Afternoon
Intermission
The End Of All Things
Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off
Nicotine
But It’s Better If You Do
Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met)

ENCORE

Girls/ Girls/ Boys
I Write Sins Not Tragedies

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