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Panic at the Disco at the Allstate Arena 10/22

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Posted by admin On October - 23 - 2008

-A.S. Since Zack was at the World Series last night, our good friend Jordy took on the roll of Festival Crasher for a day. The two of us would have been the oldest people in the crowd, if it weren’t for the fact that there were so many kids there that couldn’t drive themselves. I had never been to a concert before for a band that would be classified as emo.

We saw one kid that had part of his hair died pink to match the t-shirt he was wearing. I learned that I don’t own jeans that are tight enough to ever be mistaken for an emo kid, and that these fans alone are keeping the shoe company that makes checkered sneakers in business.
Ryan Ross, Brendon Urie and Jon Walker came ready to rock.

Panic at the Disco opened up their set with “We’re So Starving,” the opening track off of Pretty. Odd. The beginning of the set included some more of the new tunes, with “Build God, Then We’ll Talk” from A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out mixed in. It seems that even the tracks off of Panic’s first album have new life to them now.

“We did, sort of take some of the old songs we were playing and changed just the feel a little bit,” said drummer Spencer Smith when I had a chance to talk to him last week.Urie was impressive, filling in on four different instruments throughout the night.

After asking the crowd if they were old enough to vote, guitarist Ryan Ross told them they were going to conduct a poll based on crowd noise to see which song they should play next. “Camisado” won. Lead singer Brendon Urie sat down and played piano for “When The Day Met The Night,” but closed out the song playing a small drum set on the side of the stage. He played both instruments admirably, as well as guitar and bass that evening.

Ross told they crowd they were going to play a dance tune, since Urie likes to dance. They played “But It’s Better If You Do” that included a “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” outro jam. That was followed by their debut hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” which sounded better than I had ever previously heard it. Maybe it was just because there weren’t any creepy clowns running about.Getting up close an personal for the Isley Brothers cover to end the evening.

The set wound down with two of my favorite tracks off the new album, “Nine In The Afternoon” and “Mad As Rabbits.” To close out the set, Ross, bassist Jon Walker and their touring keys player came to the front left of the stage and Smith to the front right. From up close they sent the crowd into the night with an oldie. Even the young crowd knew when it was their turn to yell “Shout” I thought the set seemed short, but it was definitely past most of the crowds bedtime.

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  1. Sami Said,

    I was able to catch about 30 minutes of their set at Voodoo Fest this past weekend. They were great- but I would love to see them in a club setting over a festival- fits them better. They also mixed old & new. Couldn't believe how many 15 year old girls were in the front row screaming the lyrics…
    Overall good, but anxiously awaiting their NOLA club return.

    Posted on October 28th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

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