On June 22, pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco dropped their 6th studio album, Pray For The Wicked. With the new album came a massive arena tour. We got to check out the July 15 date at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH.
Openers A R I Z O N A and Hayley Kiyoko kept the crowd entertained with catchy songs. Both acts exhibited strong stage presences and showcased some of their best songs.
Panic! At The Disco came on stage and the enormous crowd erupted into screams and cheers. Brendon Urie jumped out from underneath the stage, like a pop-tart out of a toaster, as he slid right into “(Fuck A) Silver Lining” as the whole arena busted into a dance party.
The show continued on with high energy, Urie struts around on stage with strong confidence throughout each song. The audience was treated to “Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)” and off the newest record “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” as he dances around on stage theatrically, making you feel like you’re dancing with him, not just watching him.
Fans in floor seating got a special treat during “Death Of A Bachelor,” as he walked through the rows of seating shaking their hands while he sang. Urie pushes his vocals to the limits hitting the highest of notes and showing remarkable rage.
Urie then hopped up on a platform across the arena, away from the main stage with a piano. As the platform was lifted into the air it began to hover above the floor seating area, almost like he was flying, while he played “Dying In LA” making his way back to the main stage.
The show was packed with P!ATD hits, including “Girls/Girls/Boys,” where he wore an LGBTQ flag and the audience held their camera flash light through paper hearts across the arena to make the colors of the flag. This made for one heart warming, uniting performance.
We witnessed Urie play guitar during "This Is Gospel" and do a back-flip off his drum kit after playing a drum solo. He is an extraordinary entertainer.
Second to last song played was “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” as our emo hearts rejoice, there wasn’t a single person in the room not singing along. P!ATD closed out the 2 hour long set in a celebratory manor with “Victorious.”
If you’re able to snag tickets to this show, it’s a magical experience. Urie makes Pray For The Wicked come to life in the best way possible. Whether you're watching from nosebleed seating or right in front of the main stage, you’re guaranteed a great time.