Panic! At the Disco at Skyway Theatre, 1/22/14

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Photo by Mark N. Kartarik
Panic! At the Disco
with The Colourist and X Ambassadors
Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Panic! At the Disco's Brendon Urie tweeted a few days ago that he wasn't "down with the sickness," but the singer was certainly feeling it toward the end of the band's set at the Skyway Theatre on Tuesday night. Urie maintained his professionalism and entertained the audience till the last note, but his voice was giving out halfway through the set. Fortunately, this didn't deter him or anyone in the room from having fun.

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Many people have tried to imitate Brendon Urie -- his moves, his musical stylings, his fashion sense -- but no one actually achieves it. As he danced around onstage, Urie showed why people are so drawn to him. When he performs with his dapper-suited bandmates, he leaves everything behind, and his lack of inhibition is exhilarating as it unfolds with each song. 

Much of the band's set drew from different parts of their lives and opened with "Vegas Nights," an ode to their hometown. Stylistically, PATD's new songs are much more smoother with their transitions and, thankfully, have done away with the annoying long titles that have nothing to do with what the song is about. Old tracks like " The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage" and "Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off" fall into the Panic tradition of staccato verses and super catchy pop hooks in the chorus. 
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Photo by Mark N. Kartarik
The one thing that runs parallel in the songs is Brendon's impressively melodic vocals. Each word goes from high to low notes stretching his range and giving the songs an operatic feel that PATD is famous for. While Urie's voice is similar to that of Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, he also pulls in a little Prince and Freddy Mercury. Not only is he a talented singer, he also demonstrated his musical skills on drums for "Let's Kill Tonight" and traded his loop/track station for the piano on many tunes like "Camisado" and the dark ballad "The End of All Things."

During "Miss Jackson," everyone in the crowd overlooked the strain in Urie's voice as it began to give out due to him being sick. The band pulled it all together to stop for a dramatic pause before Brendon did a gravity-defynig backflip off the raised portion of the stage.

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