Panic! at the Disco is coming up on 15 years as a band. Since the group was founded in 2004, they have found a completely different look and sound, with only front man Brendon Urie remaining of the original members. One thing that has not changed in all these years however, is Urie’s ability to put on an amazing show. On January 20, 2019, Panic! continued the second leg of their “Pray for the Wicked” tour with a date at Washington DC’s Capital One Arena.
The show started with excellent sets by support acts Betty Who and Two Feet. Betty Who’s upbeat performance was a perfect start to get everyone dancing. With upbeat songs like “Mama Say” and “Somebody Loves You,” Betty Who could get anyone out of their seat. Two Feet gave a more chilled out performance, but it was excellent nonetheless. Two Feet closed his set with his hit single “I Feel Like I’m Drowning” and had everyone singing along.
While some changes have been made in the setlist from leg one to leg two of the tour, the show started the same with Urie popping up from under the stage and immediately jumping into “F*** A Silver Lining.” Urie kept up the fast paced setlist, slowing down only for “Casual Affair,” which seemed misplaced in the middle of all his new music and the tried and true classics. A fun new edition to the setlist was Urie’s cover of “The Greatest Show.” And of course, in true Urie fashion, he ended the show shirtless, performing “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Victorious.”
While the faces in the band and the sound of the band have both changed over the past 15 years, one thing hasn’t and that is Urie’s incredible stage performance. Dancing, laughing, pausing to hear the crowd singing back to him, it’s clear that Urie is having the time of his life. To the number of people out there who have stated that Urie seems to have become bored with his own routine, one has to wonder what performance they were watching. From the first note to the final bow, Urie’s performance exuded excitement and energy.
This is a tour no one will want to miss. The second leg of the “Pray for the Wicked” tour runs through February of 2019.
Article and Photos by Garnette Ransone