Now that Panic! At the Disco’s “Death of a Bachelor” Tour has concluded, I’m taking a moment to highlight a few of my favorite moments from the band’s show in their hometown of Las Vegas.
I remember being ten-years old and going to my very first concert with my parents to see Hilary Duff at the Mandalay Bay Events Center — a pinnacle moment in my life that had defined and began my concert-loving journey. Flash-forward ten years later, and I found myself taking my younger brother to his first ever concert in the very same arena. Throughout the years I have been to countless concerts, but there is something truly amazing about seeing the concert experience unfold in front of a person’s eyes for the first time ever. I take great pride in knowing that my little brother’s favorite band is P!ATD, (he’s already so much cooler than I am). There honestly could not have been a better first concert for him to experience than Panic! At the Disco. Even the opening acts which consisted of Saint Motel and Misterwives had all of the audience dancing to their hit singles like “Move” and “Reflections”.
With amazing stage production visuals, pyrotechnics, and insane vocal ranges, Panic! At the Disco gave an amazing performance.
One of the coolest moments of the show was when an intermission video ended and the audience was shocked to see lead vocalist, Brendon Urie, emerge from the crowd to play piano on a B-stage. Everyone was so entranced by what was happening on stage that no one expected him to be amongst his fans on the floor. His jeweled-out piano provided a beautifully intimate setting with the entire arena, and he started to sing one of his hit singles, “This is Gospel” acoustically. With confetti falling from rafters above, it was seriously an amazing thing to experience. Hearing 12,000 people sing along with Brendon Urie was seriously mind-blowing. I had goosebumps on my arms the entire time and my brother was taken aback by how crazy that moment truly was.
During Urie’s performance of “Death of a Bachelor”, he immersed himself into the crowd, making sure that every song was one to remember and this was definitely a highlight for many lucky fans.
Even though he was battling laryngitis, Brendon Urie’s voice rang out loud and clear amongst the entire crowd. He cracked jokes about his sickness and warned his fans not to get too close, but he still trekked through the crowd, embracing the love radiating from each person. Another highlight for him broadcasting his obvious talent was when he and the band started playing their cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which is a crowd favorite of many who watched the show.
They followed immediately after the song “Girls/Girls/Boys” and during, many pictures of powerful, gay icons and pictures of protesters marching for their right to love were put onto the screen behind the band. It was incredible to see the entire arena start to fill with rainbow lights in acknowledgement of the song’s meaning of accepting every form of love in every gender and sexual orientation. That whole display of rainbow hearts lighting up the arena has been a fan created event that has carried on throughout every show this tour and it’s a moment that the band always takes time to appreciate and discuss.
The entire concert had included songs from the albums when Panic! At The Disco had first started out leading up to their newest album.
Including songs like “Mona Lisa”, “Camisado”, and “Nine in the Afternoon”, it was so much fun to take a trip to the past to when Panic! At The Disco first started. Panic! at the Disco created an amazingly memorable show for all that accommodated all age ranges and genders.