The Times Union Center, in Albany, has had quite the concert schedule as of late. Last fall, it was giant acts such as Justin Timberlake and Metallica. Two legendary names that were easy sell-outs. Fast forward to the start of 2019 and there’s Panic! At The Disco, who’s scheduled on a cold Tuesday night in the middle of January. Brendon Urie and the rest of Panic!, who continue to be on a roll, added another sold-out show to their ‘Pray For The Wicked’ tour.
The event started with two opening acts, Betty Who and Two Feet. Betty Who was a pop singer who took the stage with two dancers by her side. The three of them went through her choreographed dance routine while she sang to a backing track. After a short set from Betty Who, Two Feet was in charge of getting the sold-out crowd ready for the main act. Two Feet, who is a singer/guitar player, was joined on stage by just one other musician who played keys and electronic drum pads. The two of them had some good tunes which drew the crowd’s attention.
The entire Time Union Center knew it was show time when the lights went out and a countdown clock started on the big screen, alerting 10 minutes to go. When the clock hit 0:00, the band appeared with Brendon Urie rising from underneath the stage. Instead of slowly rising to the stage, Urie shot up in the air to the start of “(Fuck A) Silver Lining.” From that point, it was one surprise after another.
The night consisted of a whopping 28 songs, ranging from mostly Pray for the Wicked and Death of a Bachelor. Brendon Urie, who announced that he woke up not feeling well, didn’t miss a single beat. Dancing the night away while hitting some of the highest vocal ranges humanly possible goes to show how truly gifted Urie is. Mixed with Urie’s beautiful voice, was an entire backing band topped off with a brass and strings section. Together, the band’s sound and visuals pushed this to the top of the list of best shows to come through the Upstate NY area in a long time.
Speaking of such visuals, this tour seemed to have a bit of everything imaginable. Smoke, lasers, giant LED screens, there was plenty of that. How about pyro? Of course, there was pyro running across the entire width of the stage for a few songs. The catwalk that Urie owned had trap doors built in which kept his drum hit for “Miss Jackson.” Last but not least, how about a floating piano over the crowd. The last time there was something that cool at the Times Union Center, the arena was called the Pepsi Arena and Ozzy was in a Sleigh floating above the floor to start the show. One of the most jaw-dropping parts of the night wasn’t due to all the smoke and mirrors, but just from pure talent. Brendon’s cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” brought chills to everyone in Albany on Tuesday night. That cover solidified any argument of Brendon Urie being one of the best vocalist of this generation.
Panic! At The Disco has certainly come a long way from playing shows such as OH-Fest in Oneonta, NY. To note, that show was April of 2015. In just under 4 years, Panic! has gone from headlining college festivals to selling out arenas around the country. The current tour they’re on now will run through the middle of March and then head over to Europe to finish the month. Panic! will rejoin its fans in the United States on June 21st at Firefly Music Festival.
Panic! At The Disco Setlist:
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