Entertainment - Concert Reviews

Kiss show ‘a night to remember’

By Bret Pierce
Times-News correspondent 

   RALEIGH — From the moment Kiss came on stage at the PNC Arena on Saturday night, it was clear that this was no run-of-the-mill concert.
With everything from classic pyrotechnics to the more modern technology-driven special effects, concertgoers were entranced by the performance.
This is being called the End of the Road Tour for Kiss — your final chance to see the band live. And a CD recording just doesn’t compare to the fun Kiss (and its Kiss Army) has live.
This is a rock ‘n’ roll theatrical production and Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer are the stars.
“Hey, Raleigh. This is a night you will never forget. And we plan on playing to everyone in this arena, from the front to the back, to the floor and those of you up there,” Stanley said at the beginning of the show.
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Troye Sivan’s show personal & upbeat

By Paulina Lopez
Times-News correspondent 

   CHARLOTTE — Australian singer-songwriter Troye Sivan made one of his first stops on the Bloom tour on Tuesday night at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre.
Bursting with energy from the excitement of having just started his tour only a week before, Sivan gave a spectacular performance.
His electro-pop/dance-pop had the audience dancing along with him to every song. From his old hits from the Blue Neighborhood album to his newest hits from the Bloom album, the audience rarely sat down. This included parents who were dragged there by their kids. Troye Sivan’s music is clearly personal to him, but his lyrics are ones that other people could relate to. He sings about falling in love while you’re young and his experiences as an LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning), intersex and asexual or allies) youth.
He began the concert with “Seventeen” and closed the show with “MY MY MY.”
For two hours, Sivan gave his all — singing and dancing beautifully. Seeing him live was an amazing experience. If you get a chance to see his Bloom tour, take it.

Paulina Lopez is a senior at Clover Garden School and a Teens & 20s writer.

Panic! At The Disco rocks Raleigh show

Reviewed by Katie Farrell
Times-News correspondent 

   RALEIGH – Panic! At The Disco performed to a sold-out crowd on Saturday night at the PNC Arena.
The band was preluded by opening acts Hayley Kiyoko and A R I Z O N A, who each sang a nine-song set before Panic! took the stage.
Panic!’s lead singer, Brendon Urie, gave the show the energetic opening it deserved by popping up from beneath the stage with “Silver Lining,” the leading song to its sixth studio album, “Pray for the Wicked.” He also rocked the stage with other songs such as “Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind),” “LA Devotee” and “Girls/Girls/Boys.”
Some fans took it upon themselves to organize a fan project for “Girls/Girls/Boys” where each section of the venue was assigned one color to hold up during the song to create a rainbow.
Fans also had no problem with loudly singing along to the three featured covers of the night, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
After beginning the encore of his set with “Say Amen,” Urie took a moment to thank the fans who came to the show and had continuously support him. His final two encore songs included long-time fan-favorite,  “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Victorious.”
Urie didn’t disappoint the thousands of fans who came to see the show.
If you have a chance to see Panic! At The Disco, you should.

Katie Farrell is a senior at Queens University of Charlotte and a Teens & 20s writer.

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