Panic and Weezer: My Thoughts

The day had been building up in my mind for MONTHS. I had purchased my ticket for Panic! at the Disco in February. In July, the day of the concert was finally here.

The tour consisted of Panic! at the Disco and Weezer (the co-headliners) and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness (the opener). This seemed like a great combination of bands because I am a huge fan of all three. However, as the concert approached, I definitely needed to refresh my memory on some old Weezer songs.

Anyway, the day was finally here. We made our way to the venue, found our seats, and waited excitedly for 7:00 to arrive. Eventually, we heard the music begin to play, and the opening band came out onto the stage. Andrew McMahon is incredibly talented and a wonderful performer. I especially enjoyed his cover of Jack’s Mannequin’s “Dark Blue.” He did a great job, and during another one of his songs, he even jumped off stage and ran around the entire venue. I look forward to his future albums and (hopefully) his future concerts.

The next band to perform (to my surprise) was Panic! at the Disco. I found this order to be quite interesting. Honestly, I felt that most of the people there were most excited to see Brendon Urie perform. Why would the most exciting band perform second? I was afraid that his performance would then make Weezer’s set look worse. And sadly, I was right.

However, I was still there to mainly see Panic, and let me tell you, it was the best hour of my life. I am not embarrassed to say how much I adore Brendon Urie and his many talents. Panic is one of my favorite bands (if not my absolute favorite) and they never disappoint. Their songs are wonderful and catchy. It’s so easy to enjoy yourself, even if you don’t know all of the words (although I did sing every lyric – apologies to those around me who were forced to listen to my singing). During their set, I danced, I laughed, I nearly cried, and I was just the happiest I had been in such a long time.

I think this is important: a truly great musician needs to be able to touch his audience during each and every song. Brendon Urie has been doing this ever since he offended a bride back in 2005.

After Panic ran offstage, it took me a few minutes to regroup. But then we patiently awaited Weezer. First of all, this band was really great – a few years ago. Their songs are still really wonderful, but their performance skills are starting to fade. I knew every lyric, and I enjoyed their set, but I really don’t know why they decided to go on a tour again. Moreover, I don’t know why they performed after Brendon.

Bottom line: I loved the concert. I would go to every show if I had the time and money.

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