Panic! At the Disco performs live for Yahoo On the Road at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., on October 29, 2014.
"We'd like to thank Yahoo for letting us get up here and f--- around," quipped Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie, letting loose an impressively high-pitched yodel onstage at Panic's private Yahoo On the Road show in Phoenix Wednesday night. But the lucky 1,800 fans in attendance — many of whom had camped outside the Comerica Theatre since 8 o'clock that morning waiting to get inside — were clearly even more thankful.
The loyalty that Panic has earned over the course of eight years, four albums, several lineup changes, and various musical trends was astonishing and, frankly, heart-gladdening to witness Wednesday. Before this concert even began, longtime fans at the glam/punk/pop band's meet-and-greet, some bearing lovingly handmade fan art, trembled in line waiting for a close encounter with their heroes. (One girl, after shaking the hands of Brendon, guitarist Dallon Weekes, and current drummer Pawlovich, walked away sighing, "David After Dentist"-style: "Is this real life?")
And once the concert kicked off, the adoring audience sang along to every word, whether it was the recent fierce and funky single "Miss Jackson" or the 2005 classic "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies." (During the latter number, the crowd singalong was so unison and so deafening, at one point Brendon surrendered the microphone completely and just let the fans take over.)
With this being Panic's last gig of the calendar year, the boys gave their all to make sure it truly would be a night to remember for the superfans. Brendon stripped off his metallic gold Temptations blazer and played most of the show shirtless. He executed an Olympian backflip. He got behind the kit to play a drum solo. He croaked out some bowel-rumblingly deep Cookie Monster vocals on the heavy-metal sendup "Positive Hardcore." And then he completely held his own while tackling Freddie Mercury's octave-straddling vocals during a surprisingly faithful cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." And the fans were rhapsodic indeed.
Panic! At the Disco's 70-minute set was as follows:
Time to Dance
The Ballad of Mona Lisa
The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage
Let's Kill Tonight
Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)
Nine in the Afternoon
Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off
Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met...)
This is Gospel
I Write Sins, Not Tragedies