Of late, I stumbled across a music festival called March Madness Music Festival which is held in Houston, Texas which then lead on to the discovery of two pieces of festival footage that coincidentally involved Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco performing at this festival. After giving these two videos an extensive watch and may I add, finding myself watching them over and over again it’s time to incorporate my thoughts on each performance resulting in a musical review.
Fall Out Boy’s Setlist:
- Sugar, We’re Goin Down
- The Phoenix
- Hum Hallelujah
- Alone Together
- The Kids Aren’t Alright
- This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race
- Forth Of July
- Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy
- Uma Thurman
- Dance, Dance
- American Beauty/American Psycho
- Jet Pack Blues
- I Don’t Care
- Thnks fr th Mmrs
- My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)
Starting off with Fall Out Boy out of this duo performance review, and overall despite some technical difficulties which were defiantly hearable during opening song ‘Irresistible’ which is always acceptable during live performances on occasions, Yet again, I was rather impressed with all the elements that went into each song that equated to their overall performance at March Madness music Festival.
A collection of songs that vocally stood out during this specific event included ‘Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is a Your Boy’, ‘Novocaine’ and ‘Jet Pack Blues’. In very popular crowd pleasing song ‘Grand Theft Autumn’ during the pre-chorus and chorus, guest vocals from Pete and even Joe which was very refreshing and satisfying to hear live, combined along with of course lead singer Patrick’s dynamic vocals were a musical masterpiece for a short while at least. Also going along the lines of song ‘Novocaine’ taken from Fall Out Boy’s album American Beauty American Psycho is a recent addition to The four piece band recent setlist’s which I am loving considering this is one of my favourite tracks from this album. Looking back, this song truly allowed Patrick to show off his vocal abilities incorporating some dynamics and elongated lyrics the elements in this song gave Patrick the chance to demonstrate himself as a lead singer. Likewise, instrumentals this song done guitarist Joe and drummer Andy justice with guitar solos in the chorus and compelling drum sections showed off this bands live performance skills.
A visually appealing song that came up during this festival was for ‘Jet Pack Blues’. From the very first lyric to the last in a span of around three minuets, persuaded by of course bassist Pete with him saying “If you have a cellular telephone maybe you can do the lights for us on this one.” Followed up by the deep, dim blue lights which obviously replicated the songs title, with the audience responding with an ocean of lights. Even though this is such a common participation to create and take part in concerts now, there was something about the emotion of this song along with the mood of the lighting that made it more incredible.
This next point also relates to Panic! At The Disco during their time on stage, interactions between the band members on stage was a paramount aspect seen and was equally consistent throughout the emigre setlist. If you have even seen Fall Out Boy live, you would know that frequently throughout shows that especially whilst playing their assigned instruments, Patrick, Pete and Joe would tend to play against each other and melded in between these interactions, Pete would always go up to Andy also. Simple things such as this are always positive to see because even after all these years being a highly influential band, it demonstrates that even on stage whilst doing their profession that there is still a tight knit unity connecting the band members.
Lastly, the factor the topped this whole festival performance off was not only Pete’s introductions and sublime story telling, but Patrick smiling again and again throughout.
“If you have a cellular telephone, maybe you can do the lights for us on this one.” – Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)
Moving swiftly onto the second half of this very long performance review, and now it’s time to talk about Panic! At The Disco and how they, like friends Fall Out Boy performed and portrayed themselves as people and performers at this festival.
Panic! At The Disco’s Setlist:
- Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
- Vegas Lights
- LA Devotee
- Time To Dance
- The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
- Let’s Kill Tonight
- Ready To Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)
- Miss Jackson
- Nine In The Afternoon
- Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen Cover)
- New Perspective
- Sugar, We’re Goin Down (Fall Out Boy Cover)
- This Is Gospel
- Emperors New Clothes
- I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Similar to Fall Out Boy, any part of any form of live music event and performance, vocals and instrumentals should be assessed to complete a review. Instrumentally, lately I am heavily drawn to the fact that the time between song ‘New Perspective’ is being included into more recent setlist’s. Plus Brendon not only in this performance but up to date performances is paying the guitar effortlessly, which I believe utterly reflects and ignites that famous grit, electric guitar sound and tone that is a familiarity in this underrated song.
On to the topic of vocals, this simply cannot go without mentioning Panic! At The Disco’s sensational April fools cover of ‘Sugar We’re Goin Down’ an original song by label mates Fall Out Boy. The vocals alone in this cover and Brendon basically pulling off Patrick’s monumental vocal tone, not only presented Brendon’s range but demonstrated his humour and enjoyment of connecting with fans on a friendly and musical level.
The connection and interaction displayed during show time evidently showed commitment and even lead singer Brendon’s adaptability into welcoming people into his professional and judging by social media, his life outside of work too. Moments more towards when Brendon was participating playing drums, guitar and of course piano showed the most interaction notably between himself and touring guitarist Kenneth Harris. With the pair routinely making eye contact, which I know for sure is an obvious requirement for successfully performing live as an ensemble. Another reason why the co-operation on stage especially for Panic! is paramount, in a way it presents Brendon’s flexibility to adapt to change. Taking into consideration this bands line up changes over the years that span their career, it’s great to see evidently that he can still conform to new individuals not matter their role, coming into the same spotlight as himself.
Finally between the two bands featured here, I want to touch upon the distinction of the style and approach of production between Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy because there is quite a noticeable difference which make them individually unique. During Fall Out Boy’s set, I realized that many of the images and video footage showed behind the band were either more cartoon or realistic and I believe also incorporated from some of the graphics on the groups current tour, wintour. in comparison to Panic! At The Disco, certainly from past concerts the lighting has remained identical, with a prime example being in song ‘Time To Dance’ the use of vibrant red and bold yellow lighting being carried on into future shows such as this festival. Despite this, probably the biggest difference among these bands creativity and production was seen between short intervals of song swaps. Fall Out Boy’s traditional technique including the classic strategy of mainly Pete relaying stories and personal points of view behind songs is a common running theme for Fall Out Boy. Whereas Panic! have taken a more creative, modern approach with distorted voice overs portraying hints of upcoming songs.
“I can’t get this smile off my face, I’m supposed to be a rockstar.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)
Overall both of the performances at March Madness Music Festival demonstrated both bands strong, all round capabilities of being successful performers and musicians with audiences and fans such as myself, always enjoying all appearances they make whether this be at festivals, concerts or headlining tours of their own.
More than likely my longest and most hard worked on blog post ever. For some reason I really enjoyed creating and writing this performance review. I know earlier I discussed a lot about Panic! At The Disco’s song ‘New Perspective’ therefore be sure to check back here next week because that certain blog post will include this song and it will be a new series i am going to be starting up here.