By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
With an album and tour name like Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die, you’re setting the expectations pretty high for what should be a killer show. For anyone who has actually seen Panic! At The Disco live before, there was no doubt, though, there was no need to worry.
A decade after their debut release A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, featuring the absolutely huge mega-hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” Panic! released its fourth full-length album, the aforementioned Too Weird To Live, To Rare To Die!, in 2013 to mixed reviews. It was obvious that the group’s sound has changed; the new tracks have a dancier, electronic vibe to them.
But what is still impossible to deny is the group’s ability to entertain a crowd. Despite only having one founding member on stage in lead singer Brendon Urie (drummer and founding member Spencer Smith sat this tour out while undergoing a stint in rehab), the quartet put on an incredible, 90+ minute, 20-song set to a sold out crowd at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD.
Opening with “Vegas Lights,” off of the new record, the band stormed through an incredible set list, choosing songs from all four of its records. The sold out crowd, hands down one of the most crowded shows I’ve been to in a long time, loved every second of it.
Urie, despite in his words “battling the plague,” was his usual incredible self, hands down one of the best frontmen in rock. He successfully attempted multiple backflips off of the guitar and bass amps, a move that would most likely kill most people who tried it.
Despite all of the huge hits the group has had over the years, it seemed that the generally younger crowd were drawn most to the newer tunes off of Too Weird. New singles like “Miss Jackson” and “This Is Gospel” got hands down the biggest ovations. That is, until the band played the songs final song, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
As the beginning notes of the song played, the crowd whipped in to even more of a frenzy, singing along at the top of their longs to every word and melody. And as the band walked off the stage, the expectations that were created from the album and tour’s title weren’t just met, they were far surpassed.
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