Plain and simple: Brendon Urie IS Panic! At The Disco. We could say it’s because he’s the sole remaining member from the original band formed in 2004, but at least one of this royal “we” would be lying. Urie has always been the force and the beauty behind the band, penning intellectual lyrics with a sharp bite and delivering them with a flawless voice.
Panic! At The Disco closed out their Death of a Bachelor Tour in Sunrise, Florida on April 15. The massive auditorium was filled with people of all ages; some surely too young to have been around when A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was released in 2005. But when Urie sang “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” the venue came alive with thousands of people joining in on at least the chorus. A fan since the onset, to see new generations celebrating the entire PATD catalog is too cool.
Urie is not just a charismatic frontman with a great set of pipes; he is a killer drummer and pianist, so fans were treated to a mashup of “24k Magic” and “Bitch Better Have My Money,” and Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song).” Other highlights included Urie singing a few bars of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” for the first time on a tour, and PATD’s incredible cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” When we arrived at our seats we all had construction paper hearts with “Love is not a choice” written on them. Curious little souvenirs were tucked away by some, but their purpose because clear when PATD broke out “Girls/Girls/Boys.” Placing the hearts over the cell phone flashlight lit up the arena in a rainbow of colors and proved to be one of the most moving moments of the night.