The Exclamation Point Is Back!

Panic! At The Disco
Marcus Amphitheater
Milwaukee, WI
August 4, 2009

Panic! At The Disco Marcus AmphitheaterBrendon Urie (lead vocals, keyboard)

After witnessing the newly reformed Panic! At The Disco open for Blink-182 last Tuesday, I’m almost positive that I’ve figured out the reason why the band broke up last month. In case you didn’t hear, Panic! At The Disco members Ryan Ross and Jon Walker left the band to pursue their own musical endeavors. Original members Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith are still planning on making music as Panic! At The Disco and thank goodness for that. After reviewing the set list below, you will see that singer/keyboardist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith performed most of the band’s debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. Only one song, “Nine In The Afternoon,” from the foursome’s sophomore record Pretty. Odd. was chosen to be a part of the set list. Hmmm… I think it’s brazenly obvious that Urie and Smith wanted to go back to Panic! At The Disco’s original techno/dance/electronic sound that separated the group from every other pop/punk/rock band out there in this new millennium. Former and original guitarist/lyricist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker are most likely going to keep on aspiring to be The Beatles, which is the band (and new sound) that most fans compare Pretty. Odd. to, whether Beatles fans agree or not.

More photos of Brendan Urie and Spencer Smith from Panic! At The Disco after the jump!

Panic! At The Disco Marcus AmphitheaterSpencer Smith (drums)

I hope to God that Brendon and Spencer bring back the old Panic! At The Disco song structure with lyrics you’ll never remember, titles that make absolutely no sense and are WAY too freaking long, and production-based sounds provided by tricked-out synthesizers and drum machines. I miss the songs off of A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out that conjure up memories of Nintendo video game music. Seriously though, you can’t deny that those songs are reminiscent of games such as Super Mario and the Land of the Six Golden Coins that I used to play on Game Boy back in the 90s. Good times… And what was up with the boys thinking it was a good move to take away the exclamation point after the first word of their band name?! That was pointless and utterly ridiculous to say the least. As if the name “Panic at the Disco” would somehow help the Las Vegas quartet’s career more than the name “Panic! At The Disco.” If anything, the punctuation mark helped to differentiate the group even more from its countless peers. Besides hearing Brendon and Spencer (plus touring band) perform the oldies, another highlight of the evening was getting a first listen to the band’s just released single “New Perspective.” The track is featured on the soundtrack to the movie Jennifer’s Body.

Set List / Milwaukee

Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

Time To Dance

But It’s Better If You Do

London Beckoned Songs About Money Written By Machines

Camisado

New Perspective (from Jennifer’s Body original soundtrack)

Nine In The Afternoon

The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage

Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks

I Write Sins Not Tragedies

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Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    I love them :)
    Really good photos and article too! :D

  2. Brian Morgan says:

    They kinda sucked at that show. But honestly according to this post saying that the old lyrics never made any sense… The new ones from Pretty. Odd didn’t either.

  3. sara says:

    i love how nine in the afternoon is the only song from pretty odd that they played. i can’t wait to see them on saturday

  4. Vilmarie R says:

    It was so weird seeing 2/4 of the band. It’s not right I tells ya. But on a side note, they NEED to get back to old Panic stuff. I was definitely not feeling “Pretty. Odd.” Awesome pics and glad you found the set list lol

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