Panic At The Disco

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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
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Panic puts on a wild show
Venue/Date: Everett Events Center (Everett, WA)
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December 3rd, 2006
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Panic! attacks its show with gusto

This is the review of an average band that may, just may, become a legend.

One album, one video and -- BAM! -- Panic! At the Disco was at the top (of the high school scene). Like Vegas brethren the Killers, Panic! plays a dancing version of post-punk with wry, ironic lyrics, lots of bounce, lots of jangle but not a lot of substance.

Perhaps the emo movement gave listeners too much of the emotionally heavy stuff and now the pendulum has swung the other way to fun little songs about nothing. But depth isn't everything and what Panic! lacks in profundity, it makes up in presentation.

The "Nothing Rhymes With Circus" tour is one part rock show, one part cabaret and one part, well, circus replete with contortionists, ribbon twirlers, stilt walkers, mimes and four very sexy ladies who double as dancers, showgirls, nurses, brides, ballerinas. It all adds up to a charming spectacle that has little to do with the music, except that they both share a theatrical, flamboyant style.

It was fitting then that Panic! chose to cover a song from the band many consider the granddaddy of showmanship, shtick and extravagance: Queen. What's more is this band, whose eldest member only recently turned 21, did a damn fine job with "Killer Queen." While the rendition may not have blown any minds, it was a solid demonstration of ownership.

Frontman Brendon Urie, fully conscious that his voice will never match that of Freddie Mercury, decided to capitalize on the spirit of the song, as if to say, "Isn't this a great song? We love playing it."
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