Photos by Darin Kamnetz
Panic! at the Disco kicked off their Pray for the Wicked tour at Target Center last night, and as a Brendon Urie-superfan, Giselle from Go 96.3’s Morning Show knew that she couldn’t miss a second of it. Here’s her five favorite moments from last night’s show.
That moment when the piano levitated
This is what everyone is talking about. Brendon Urie made his way through the entire crowd on the floor, stopping for handshakes, hellos and hugs, while simultaneously singing “Death of a Bachelor” (*swoon*). At the end of his path awaited a white grand piano on a very small stage, which began to levitate as he began singing a beautifully raw version of Bonnie Rait’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. You could see and feel the tears and chills throughout the arena.
That moment when bassist and backup vocals Nicole Row absolutely killed it
Oh, wait, that was the whole show. No matter what was happening on stage, my eyes always went back to her. You don’t realize how few women we have rocking WITH the boys (like alongside and playing instruments just as hard) until you actually see it – and she was absolutely stunning. Nicole gave me goosebumps on more than one occasion, and then almost brought me to tears when she and guitarist Kenneth Harris went head-to-head on their axes during a transition. Without a doubt, I know she will inspire other women to pursue rock instruments and alternative genres of music. You don’t have to be the lead singer to shine.
That moment when girls just wanted to have fun
Brendon made what seemed to be a slight reference to his leading role in Kinky Boots, clicking his heels together and swaying to the lyrics, “but I make these high heels work,” in “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time,” but they pleasantly surprised us all and brought the house down with a bright and colorful production of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. Everyone was dancing. Everyone was smiling. Everyone was having. So. Much. FUN. Brendon robing himself in a rainbow Pride flag as was the perfect way to finish out a string of cover songs, and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community that Brendon recently came out as a member of.
That moment when Brendon Urie got behind the drums
…and then did a backflip off the stage and didn’t skip a beat, picking up the microphone for a full vocal range of melodies, once again proving that he really is one of the best performers alive right now. I’d be remiss if I forgot to mention their cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” that started this rock n roll moment of brilliance (yes, they did it again, and it was even more awesome with the addition of Nicole).
That moment when they played “Sins”
They saved the best for last, and everyone was on their feet singing every single lyric to the song that started it all (and got a lot of us through high school). Brendon took a moment and acknowledged his 14 years with the band and how he’s never been happier as an artist – HELL F-CKING YEAH, and what better way to round it out than with “Victorious”?
I’m still a little butt-hurt he didn’t sing “DuckTales,” but whatever I’m over it. Please come back soon, P!ATD.