Panic! At The Disco “Pray for the Wicked” Concert Review

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When anyone mentions Panic! At The Disco, two things typically come to mind: One, “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies,” their first major hit song that forever labelled them as an emo’s dream band, and two, “Death of a Bachelor,” the song that was on the radio for months last year and in 2016. Though both songs are equally deserving of their praise and recognition, as of June 23, they had to share the stage with 11 new P!ATD songs from the “Pray for the Wicked” album. To celebrate these new songs, the official “Pray for the Wicked” concert kicked off on July 11, and I had the pleasure of attending the tour at the STAPLES Center on Aug. 15, 2018.

Let me tell you: It was amazing.

As a precursor, let me state that I have never been to a concert before, so I really don’t have much to compare it to. However, this concert was the night before school began, and I had a first period. This concert was so worth it. I mean, sure, I was exhausted the next two days, but I couldn’t even complain.

On this leg of the tour, P!ATD was accompanied by A R I Z O N A and Hailey Kiyoko. Unfortunately, I was standing in the merchandise line, so I missed both of their performances. That aside, what I did manage to hear was a great performance. Now, about that merchandise line: It took upwards of an hour and a half. Again, I don’t have much basis to compare that to, but according to my sister, that was ridiculously long. If you decide to attend the winter leg of the concert, I highly recommend that you get there early, especially if you want merch. However, the merchandise is available throughout the entire event, so you could always hop in line again during intermission.

Once I was in my seat, I realized that I had absolutely not expected it to be so loud. I could feel the bass system in my chest, and for someone who typically avoids super loud music, it was slightly unsettling. My proposal to you is that you bring ear plugs to this, and to any concert you go to. Not so you can block out the music (trust me, that will be hard), but so you can at least protect your ears a bit.

Now for the actual performance: Wow. It was an experience like I’ve never had before, so mission accomplished; P!ATD, my first concert was memorable. The colors were bright and beautiful, the effects were stunning, and the band members themselves was super into it. They played a blend of their new music and their old, with new hits like “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” and “Dancing’s Not a Crime” to old classics like “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” and “Miss Jackson.” Truth be told, I didn’t know a lot of their older songs (And I call myself a fan, I know), but with this crowd, it didn’t matter. Everyone was singing along to every song at the top of our lungs, whether we knew the lyrics or not. As far as Brendon Urie goes, he was so into the show that his energy was infectious. Plus, he did a flip and danced with fire (non-consecutively though), so he gets bonus points for that.

For the “Pray for the Wicked” concert, Panic! At The Disco definitely gets a 10/10 from me. In fact, I’m even inclined to get tickets for the winter leg of the tour. If this interests you, the tour begins on Oct. 6 (in Australia, mind you) and it goes until Feb. 20, 2019, with two stops at the Honda Center (on Feb. 14) and the Forum (on Feb. 15). I hope to see you there!