With 2018’s Pray for the Wicked being the band’s sixth studio album, Panic! At the Disco has been making their way across North America and has finally brought their Pray for the Wicked tour to Portland, Oregon. Fans of all ages put on their favorite Panic! merch, arrived early to form some of the longest lines Portland’s Moda Center has ever seen and packed the stadium.
Anyone who has attended a Panic! show in the past, or is familiar with the band, knows the spectacle and production of these shows. The Pray for the Wicked Tour is no different. A clock is set on the giant monitors behind the triangular stage, and once it hits zero the show starts in the most astounding way. The lights dim and the band’s platforms slowly rise to bring them to the top of the stage. One by one, the drum kit, guitarist, bassist, string instruments and brass instruments rise into place. They softly play, until vocalist and frontman Brendon Urie launches up and onto the stage and they all kick into “(Fuck A) Silver Lining.”
With each and every tour, like each and every album, Urie and company continue to outdo themselves. The massive and high stage of this tour was the new triangular shaped exclamation point symbol, with tall panels displaying various graphics and lights coming from all sides. Urie disappeared on a few occasions, only to rise from below the stage once again manning a piano. During his song “Death of A Bachelor,” Urie hopped off the stage to walk through and great his general admission audience on the floor. Remounting a white piano on the B Stage, he rose up once again and soared across the venue as he played the closing track to Pray For the Wicked “Dying In LA.” Setting aside all of the theatrics described, without the pyrotechnics and large displays, seeing and hearing Urie perform itself is a sight to see. Now compiling the best tracks from six albums, and from doing this for so long, Urie has mastered his craft and has become the greatest showman of this generation. Urie’s piercing notes and vocal range is known by many, and Panic! At the Disco has become a household name. Throughout the night Urie expressed how grateful he is for his fans, but the most genuine speech came after performing the song that started this whole tenure “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” Now 31, Urie took one last moment to tell his audience how special they were to him and thank them one last time before closing the night with Death of a Bachelor‘s “Victorious.”
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