Panic! at the Disco shakes up Charlotte

Reviewed by Ashley J. McKenna
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   CHARLOTTE — The Queen City welcomed concert-goers to Uptown Amphitheatre at the N.C. Music Factory with perfect weather Wednesday night as opening acts Youngblood Hawke and Walk the Moon pumped up the crowd for Panic! at the Disco’s “The Gospel Tour,” which began last month.
As soon as the sun went down, the headlining band stormed the stage dressed to impress in tuxedos. The outdoor venue, coupled with fog machines and well-timed lights, made for a total sensory experience. Lead vocalist Brendon Urie did not disappoint. The crowd went wild as he back-flipped off the drummer’s platform and hit all the high notes.
   The set list included songs from four studio albums, including its most recent effort, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die.” In a surprising twist, the band covered Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which had the chaperones in the audience standing up to join in on the fun.
The band interacted with the crowd by roaming the stage and dancing but only stopped to talk when Urie explained that the song “Miss Jackson” was about a cheating ex-girlfriend.
The show had all the glitz and glam of Las Vegas, the band’s hometown. The special effects prevented any chance of boredom and kept the crowd begging for more.
When Panic! at the Disco left the stage, the audience demanded an encore by pounding on the amphitheater’s seats for several minutes. The band re-emerged from behind the curtains, playing two more songs before calling it a night.

 Ashley McKenna is a Teens & Twenties writer and a graduate of Elon University and Springfield College.

 

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