Panic! at the Disco | 07.26.14

live panic_smPanic! is well loved by its fans, and the packed house at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre was proof of that.




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Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, St. Louis

105.7 The Point held its Big Summer Show on Saturday night, welcoming Panic! At the Disco and friends to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. With five bands on the bill, this was a big show, indeed. The show kicked off at 5:30 p.m. with Magic Man taking the stage. Hailing from Boston, the dance-influenced indie pop band put forth a fiery, über-energetic set of fine power-pop tunes. Vocalist Alex Caplow is one hell of a frontman, jumping and dancing while delivering a bombastic vocal performance. The band is touring behind its debut album, Before the Waves, and their first single from that album, “Paris.”

Next up was Walk the Moon from Cincinnati. Their debut album brings us some of the best new power-pop around, and the crowd went crazy for them. Highlights were the band’s last single, “Tightrope,” and the soon-to-be-released next single, “Shut Up and Dance,” during which lead singer Nicholas Petricca played with the crowd. The entertaining, five-member group rocked its time on stage, leaving fans wanting more.

Neo-soul band Fitz and the Tantrums are a unique mix of rock, pop, and soul. Having spent time at the #1 position on the Billboard Alternative Chart, their latest album, More than Just a Dream, is making quite a splash on the alternative music scene. Lead vocalists Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Skaggs have a great rhythm with each other. The band also treated us to a funk-laden version of the Eurythmics’ mega-hit, “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” With a funky groove in their delivery, F&TT are a delicious indulgence, and a great live band.

After a short break, Twenty One Pilots took the stage and, well, let me just say that they were out of their element on this tour. Donning a ski mask and an alien head were Tyler Joseph on vocals, piano, and ukulele, and Josh Dun on drums. Labeled “experimental rap rock,” the duo’s style was dull and their set anticlimactic and disappointing.

Then, finally, came the reason for the evening: Panic! at the Disco. With several large LED screens and a white and gold preacher’s pulpit, Panic! commanded the stage. Vocalist Brandon Urie was in great voice and even played the drums for the frantic crowd. Touring in support of their latest effort, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, the band played tunes from all of their releases, with special emphasis on the new CD and Vices and Virtues, their second album.

Listening to fan faves such as “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” “Let’s Kill Tonight,” and “Ready to Go,” the fervent crowd couldn’t get enough. The band also unleashed singles from the new CD, “Miss Jackson” and “This Is Gospel.” Panic! is well loved by its fans, and the packed house at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre was proof of that. As the band said goodnight, the fans begged for more. Every fan that night left exhausted, hot, and happy.

If you are not yet a Panic! fan, check them out; you will be converted, gospel’s truth. | Marc Farr

Panic! at the Disco photo taken at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Englewood, CO; photo courtesy of Panic! at the Disco

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