Panic! At The Disco, Me.
O2 Academy, Leeds.
26th January 2012, 7pm.
First band onto the stage tonight are called ME from Australia. Not many people but a few core fans really know who this band are and their job tonight like all other support bands is to convert as many of the crowd as possible to their cause. With that though I don’t think they fully succeed, there is some enthusiasm coming from the stage and the promise of some good pieces of music but really the songs do seem to go on for way too long and many seem to lose interest throughout their set.
Panic! At The Disco take to the stage full of energy to play their second UK headline tour in support of last album ‘Vices and Virtues’ which was released last year. They kick straight into ‘Ready To Go’ and from that moment on the amount of movement created by both the band and crowd throughout their duration of their 20 song long set is utterly amazing. ‘But It’s Better If You Do’, ‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’ and ‘Lying Is The Most Fun’ carry on the mass sing a long’s and remind you just how many hits this band have had over their career with four massive singles played within the first 20 minutes of the show. The majority of tonight’s set is made up of newer songs such as ‘Let’s Kill Tonight’, ‘Trade Mistakes’ and ‘The Calendar’ but unsurprisingly for a band that were so huge when they first started earlier songs from their first two albums go down well with the crowd too. The acoustic moment of ‘Always’ is a definite highlight of the evening as the rest of the band disappear so lead singer Brendon Urie is left alone on the stage with all eyes on him. To watch this band tonight it is easy to forget that just a couple of years ago two of the band left leaving just Urie and drummer Spencer Smith to start again pretty much from scratch. With two new touring members the band are brilliant to watch not only is their stage set up impressive but the amount of energy they throw into the show from Spencer’s drumming through to Brendon’s dancing and backflips of drum risers. Ending on ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ creates yet again one of the biggest sing a long’s I have ever heard. They return to the stage for three more songs, two of which are covers ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness which is brilliantly executed and an impromptu rendition of ‘Let’s Get It On’ by Marvin Gaye. ‘Nearly Witches’ is tonight’s set closer and it is the perfect song to end the night on and as the band leave the stage the level of screaming and cheering shows that whatever happens to Panic! At The Disco after tonight’s amazing performance they will always have an audience to play to.