Panic! At The Disco | Mercy Lounge | Nashville, TN
Written by Kayla Albee
Emo heartthrobs turned household name, Panic! At The Disco, announced a surprise show in Nashville, TN on Saturday afternoon via Twitter. This surprise show follows their pop-up show at the legendary venue The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.
With wristbands being limited to 475 (that's right, a band that easily sells out arenas played to a 475 capacity crowd), this was an intimate show with no barrier between the crowd and the stage.
"Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time" kicked off the show and immediately caused the crowd to go wild. The amount of cell phones in the air (often times blocking peoples view of the stage) was absurd, but understandable since it was a secret show and people were buzzing with excitement. The lights made it look like we were all inside of a kaleidoscope with cotton candy colors being projected onto the ceiling and walls.
The set list consisted mainly of new music (think "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" and "(Fuck) A Silver Lining") with the oldest song being "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies," which was the second to last song on a 19 song set list (20, if you include the Duck Tales theme song.)
Brendon's ability to hit those high notes is truly incredible -- his vocal range is expansive and impressive, likely thanks to his Broadway training.
"Death of a Bachelor" was the slowest song that they played, and even that track had the crowd singing along and waving their cell phones in the air. Seeing the band perform at such a small venue, on such a small stage, with a totally packed crowd felt like I was transported back in time. Granted, this was actually the first time that I ever saw Panic! live, but it amazing.
Although "Panic!" is seemingly now synonymous with "Brendon Urie," as he's the only remaining original member, he took time to introduce his touring band members Kenneth Harris, Nicole Row, and Dan Pawlovich.
As the show ended and we filtered outside after a powerful performance of "Victorious" closed out their set, there were people dressed like nuns handing out flyers for their next surprise pop-up show which is in Milwaukee, and instructing us to "please pray for the wicked" as we took the flyers.
It's rare (read: nearly impossible) to catch a band of Panic's status at a club venue, so this show was definitely one for the books.