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Panic! at the Disco @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

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Posted by shore On August - 25 - 2009

patdblink @AndyShore The fanbase for Panic! at the Disco was already segmented before their recent split. The release of Pretty Odd left the band with three different groups of fans. There were the ones that only liked the first album, the ones that were exclusively into the second album and some that enjoyed both. I was interested to see which fan group would attach themselves to the 50% new version of P!atD. Due to horrendous issues getting to the parking lot at First Midwest Band Amphitheatre, @MattSilver and I were walking to our seats as the band launched into “Time to Dance.”

The new line-up features guitar player Ian Crawford, formerly of the Cab and Dallon Weekes of the Brobecks on bass. I had seen impressive videos of Crawford’s guitar prowess on YouTube, and had high hopes for what he could add to P!atD. From the start, it was clear that Crawford possesses a harder rock tone than Ryan Ross did. The problem was, they didn’t showcase his guitar at all. This may have something to do with the fact he joined up with Brendan Urie and Spencer Smith just before they left for tour with Blink 182.

The set featured mostly songs off the debut P!atD album. Only “Nine in the Afternoon” and “That Green Gentleman” made it into the set. Seeing those songs live also showed a new issue with the new line-up. The harmonies that were so strong on Pretty Odd lacked something live. I would attribute this to songs sounding different live, but I had the chance to catch the band pre-split and the harmonies sounded fantastic. It was actually on the band’s newest single, “New Perspective,” that they sounded the best.

The band closed their opening set with their debut hit, “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies.” The set was not all bad, and showed signs of what could be. I believe that after spending time in the studio with this new line-up, the band will discover how best to play to their strengths. No matter what, Urie is a witty and engaging front man that could lead any band to fame.

Panic! at the Disco First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre Set List:

  1. Time To Dance
  2. But It’s Better If You Do
  3. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom & Suicide is Press Coverage
  4. That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)
  5. Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off
  6. Camisado
  7. New Perspective
  8. Nine In The Afternoon
  9. I Write Sins Not Tragedies

1 Response

  1. BJ Said,

    It appears that you may be unaware that Ian and Dallon are, at least so far, only touring members of the band, and will likely not have anything to do with the writing or recording of new material. Still, Brendon is a talented guy, and I’m very excited to see what he and Spencer come up with on their next album!

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

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