Panic! at the Disco Gets Too Weird and Shirtless for a Sold-Out Crowd in Miami
Via instagram.com/mikaelamalanga Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie, getting Too Weird and shirtless.
Panic! at the Disco
With the Colourist and Junior Prom
Fillmore Miami Beach
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Over the weekend, Panic! at the Disco returned to South Florida with its Too Weird tour. And triumphantly, the Vegas outfit played for a sold-out crowd at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
Let's just start off with the fact that I hadn't been to a Panic! at the Disco show since I saw Brendon Urie and company perform at Revolution Live with OK GO and The Hush Sound in 2006. As a 16 year-old who had only been to Warped Tour before, it was my first official concert experience, complete with front row handshakes, mosh pits, ticket signings, and even my first-ever crowd surf.
Witnessing this band perform again, I found myself surrounded by countless teenagers, who could easily have been almost ten years younger than me, and I enjoyed one of the most pleasantly nostalgic concert experiences I've had in years.
While the atmosphere at last night's show wasn't the same as when I was younger -- for some reason, crowd surfing is no longer the thing to do at these kinds of shows -- there was no reason to deny the fact that everyone there was a dedicated fan.
Appropriately, when the lights dimmed at 9:30 p.m., screams erupted from the crowd as Urie and his band made their way onto the dimly lit stage.
The Panic! at the Disco dudes opened the set with "Vegas Lights," the third track off their fourth and most recent studio album, last year's Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! The crowd immediately responded by singing along and shouting every word. And at various times throughout the night, the fans' singing even proved louder than lead singer Urie.
As the show went on, Urie and his bandmates alternated back and forth between newer tracks and older throwback favorites from previous albums Pretty. Odd, Vices & Virtues, and A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.
Their performance was an impressive combination of captivating visuals, aesthetically pleasing lighting production, a flawlessly orchestrated instrumental delivery, and amusing stage antics including Urie's casual microphone tosses, head banging, and even a backflip during "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."