Panic! At The Disco caused quite a panic indeed at San Jose State University Event Center on Thursday, Aug. 28. The band took the stage with Youngblood Hawke and Walk The Moon, but the majority of the fans came out to see Panic. The performance was part of the band’s summer Gospel Tour around North America. The crowd was quite large, as the line wrapped around the university campus hours before the doors opened.
Youngblood Hawke kicked off the night with a short set including their most popular song, “We Come Running.” Their energy got the crowd pumped and excited. Next up was Ohio band Walk The Moon. The group absolutely radiated positivity and were all smiles up on the stage. They had the crowd dancing and singing along with them. They played another short set that included a new single, “Shut up and Dance,” as well as everybody’s favorite, “Anna Sun.”
After the opening, everybody waited anxiously for Panic!, what they’d come for. The band finally made a grand entrance with flashing lights and screaming girls. They opened with a song from their newest album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! Panic! At The Disco’s musical style has changed vastly over the years. The musicians have lost and added members, with lead singer Brendon Urie being the constant. They continued to play track after track from all four of their albums, and showed us the extent of their musical variety. Every one of their songs has something unique. Urie ended up taking his shirt off and performing shirtless, to the delight of the female audience. The band also performed a beautiful cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” when Urie did a backflip on stage.
Alas, all things must come to an end, and the band closed with “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” from their earliest album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I would definitely see the act again. I give the concert five out of five stars.