Once in an extravagant while, a group hits the scene that is almost indescribably infectious. Emo-influenced Panic at the Disco fits the bill. Or should we just say front man Brendon Urie.
Urie, the only remaining original member of the band left since they debuted in 2004, was on point and nothing short of spectacular during the sold-out two-hour Death of a Bachelor adrenaline rush from start to finish Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
Panic had no problem bringing their crazed audience to their feet with a 10-minute countdown until showtime, and when they actually walked onto the stage, opening with "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time," it was an eruption of impressive proportions.
Fan favorites "Hallelujah" and "Nine in the Afternoon" were highlights as these Panic anthems fed the crowd with great enthusiasm.
Panic slowed only once when Urie made his way to the center of the venue for his piano solo on “This Is Gospel" when he was hoisted about 50 feet midair.
Urie also paid tribute to “one of the greatest songwriters of all-time” Billy Joel when Panic played “Movin Out'” halfway through the set.
Panic continued through the night with impressive powerhouse hits and fan faves like “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “Nicotine.”
One of the more inspirational moments came when Panic played “Girls/Girls/Boys.” The song has become a celebration, especially to the LGBTQ community. During the performance, the place looked as if thousands of fireflies infiltrated the venue as fans held up their cellphone lights and even through up a flag onstage as Urie sang.
Panic also covered their rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was featured on “The Suicide Squad” soundtrack, before blowing the fans away with their encore-like finale of “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” before ending in celebratory fashion with “Victorious.”
As the last standing founding member of Panic, Urie remains a visionary and has captivated his audience with his punk/rock musical genius and has surrounded himself with a cast of characters that easily define what the live Panic experience is all about.
In this era of exciting musical next generation rock icons like Twenty One Pilots, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Fall Out Boy, to name a few.
Urie and Panic still remain a force to be reckoned with. Just ask the sold-out crowds from city to city.