The chance of viewing a Panic! At the Disco limited time performance last week came up, and naturally I immediately jumped at the chance of watching this twenty four hour performance exclusively for Artist Den. Whilst viewing this, of course the idea to do yet another performance review seemed appealing. So after intensely and observantly watching Panic! At the Disco’s Artist Den special, I put down all my thoughts based around this and that’s what will be contained within this post.
Panic! At the Disco Artist Den Setlist:
- Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
- Vegas Lights
- LA Devotee
- Time To Dance
- The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
- Ready To Go
- Nine In the Afternoon
- Miss Jackson
- The Only Difference Between Martydom and Suicide Is Press Coverage
- Emperors New Clothes
- This Is Gospel
- I Write Sins Not Tradegies
“Soundcheck is different, it sounds different, it feels different, the vibe. I’m just hoping to loose myself which usually happens.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco)
Delving straight into the performance and as ever, Urie’s vocal range was on full display as it is in many performances. However during this performance, especially in opening song ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time’ and never ending throughout, Urie’s high notes, vocals and vibrato’s altogether seemed significantly crisper, clearer and creditable which could easily be down to the factor that Urie stated during the very beginning of the first interview segment where he declared “Souncheck is different, it sounds different, it feels different, the vibe. I’m just hoping to loose myself which usually happens.” Which overall in any performance Panic! does no matter venue scale can effect the instrumental and of course Brendon’s distinct vocals. Not only did this circumstance apply for Brendon, but also bassist Dallon Weekes and occasionally touring guitarist Kennith Harris. Both of their backup vocals in forth, fifth and eighth songs on the setlist ‘Time To Dance’, ‘The Ballad Of Mona Lisa’ and ‘Nine In the Afternoon’ was more highlighted which I was positively surprised to hear because I think that predominantly Dallon’s vocals should be heard like this more frequently especially along side Brendon’s vocals, this pairing can be pleasant and linking back to what Brendon said about the vibe and aura of a venue this can effect performing abilities which was surely shown in the case of Brendon, Dallon and Kennith’s singing.
“It’s fun to go through and figure out this would be a cool moment to have between these two songs because it will build up this new emotion and then there’s a new vibe throughout the whole show.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco)
Another thing I was really glad to see was that during this video packed full of interview slots and of course the performance, Urie addressed Panic! At the Disco’s setlist regarding alterations during the interview intertwined amongst breaks in the performance. This was a relief to hear because I have done many Panic! At the Disco performance reviews and admittedly it is sometimes really hard to pick out distinct moments especially within the performance due to the setlist being very ordinary and arguably expected. With Urie saying during the interview that “Working new songs into the set is a challenge as you sit with a set for so long your used to playing the same amount of songs”. This made me realise that because Panic! have been in the industry for a long amount of time like Brendon stated, that it becomes a regular routine to stick to a certain setlist. However I believe that this can drag a performance down in terms of originality and distinction but then Urie then resolved this issue by furthering his point adding “It’s fun to go through and figure out this would be a cool moment to have in between these two songs because it will build up this new emotion and then there’s a new vibe throughout the whole show”. This certainly is an agreeable point because like I previously said, I think by switching up the setlist, bringing back some classic yet un-heard of songs will defiantly liven up and bring positive change to Panic! At the Disco’s live shows and I think Brendon shouldn’t be afraid to take this step which was certainly proven in this Artist Den special with the decision to put ‘The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage’ on the setlist which is one of my all time favourite Panic! songs, which hopefully proves that in the near future there will be more new and improved additions to setlist progressively making any form of performance easy to identify differences and distinct moments.
“It’s really wildly awesome to me that I’m here talking about Panic! At the Disco still.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco)
A last noticeable section that caught my attention for all the right reasons was the interludes of the interview with frontman Brendon Urie slotted between the performance that Panic! did exclusively for Artist Den. With the interview being intertwined within the performance, even something as small as this makes watching an elongated performance much more gratifying and organised. Firstly, the interview segments allowed the performance to be broken down which is sometimes needed especially for when music is being performed because from my view, a video without breaks can gradually become repetitive despite the fact that every song is different. But without anything breaking up the performance it would seem to become more extensive but luckily in the circumstances of this performance this technique was identified and used approximately.
“Having the opportunity to meet more people in the industry and more musicians and actors, entertainers all of that compiled into this energy that will dictate what a song will be for me.” – Brendon Urie (Panic! At the Disco)
To conclude and wrap up this review of Panic! At the Disco’s Artist Den Performance, overall it was an all round strong performance using many likeable things such as the interview of Brendon talking heavily about music in relation to Panic! and a few setlist switch ups were much appreciated by myself. Although I did struggle to pick out recognisable sections that made this performance any better that any I have reviewed before hand.
As always if you were able to catch this limited twenty four hour special of Panic! At the Disco’s Artist Den Performance and can cast your minds back, make me aware of all your thoughts, feelings and opinions on this topic in the form of a comment which you can post below and I guarantee I will respond to anything. Luckily, even though this was a limited one day viewing of this specific performance, there are some decent links over on YouTube which I’ll leave just in case anybody missed it.