Panic! At The Disco returned to the Brixton Academy celebrate their upcoming album ‘Death of a Bachelor’, months after their performance at the famous Reading and Leeds festivals.
The lights dim and the band are promptly on the stage giving their set an ever so vibrant start with the live debut of ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’. The first few newer songs flow with ease into old classics such as ‘Time To Dance’ that gets everyone off their feet and in high spirits. The quick beats of ‘Time To Dance’ fade quickly at the end of the track into a more mysterious guise with the coruscating melodies of ‘The Ballad of Mona Lisa’ that has everyone singing at the top of their lungs. Although the band perform a lot of their upcoming stuff, it seems that the crowd react more to previous work, possibly due to the fact that they had years to grow to love those pieces whereas the newer stuff is still so fresh. That however is not to say that the new material lacked any credibility amongst the fans. In fact, this was not the case at all, with a majority of the crowd singing along blissfully to songs such as ‘Victorious’. It is simply that tracks such as ‘Miss Jackson’, ‘New Perspective ‘ and ‘Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off’ seem to provoke more of a response in the audience as a whole.
Throughout the set the band deliver a dramatic aura in their performance, although having long parted with their famous on-stage theatrics and gaudy costumes that they previously donned in their earlier years. Frontman Brendon Urie is able his display versatile talents, from belting out vocals to his elegant piano work for ‘Nine In The Afternoon’ and executing a jaw dropping backflip off their drum set. Touching additions to their set include their heartfelt rendition’s of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ by the late David Bowie, stating that all proceeds from their merchandise sold during the show would be donated to Cancer Research UK.
Despite being big for a good few years now, the band are ever so humble and refuse to engage in the process of walking off the stage for an encore. The band end the night with ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’—a brand new track off their upcoming album. A bold move considering most bands almost always end with their most prominent single. Overall, the band put on a show that in no way could fail to impress their audience, and even made many forget how their performance at Reading Fest last year was affected by the unkind winds surrounding the main stage that distorted their sound. Tonight however, the band were truly remarkable. A performance that will stay engrained within the memories of fans for years to come.