Don't worry Panic! at the Disco fans. Everything is going to be just fine.
When Panic! split in half in 2009 – with Ryan Ross and Jon Walker forming The Young Veins to pursue the more psychedelic '60s feel of the band's “Pretty. Odd.” album – there was concern about how singer/pianist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith would cope. That was, I Feel the Need To Use Wild, Extraneous Words Here, unnecessary.
The new Panic! returned for a “secret” show at Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night to drum up support for its upcoming “Vices & Virtues” album, due out next month. And from the moment they took the stage to deliver a hard-hitting “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage,” all worry seemed to disappear.
“This has meant more than anything in the past two years,” Urie said, thanking the crowd.
The new lineup handled the “Pretty. Odd.” songs by adding more rock, revving up the riffs in the stately “Nine in the Afternoon” and a bit more power to “That Green Gentleman.”
Panic!'s new songs, especially the new single “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” combined the cleverness and more muscular rock of its debut and the musicality of its follow-up. “Nearly Witches,” for example, bounced between verses with what felt like Teena Marie “Lovergirl” '80s funk and a chorus that is as anthemic as the grand “Northern Downpour.”
No tragedies here. In fact, Panic! seems poised for a pretty big comeback.
SETLIST: The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage / But It's Better If You Do / The Ballad of Mona Lisa / That Green Gentleman / Camisado / Kill Tonight / Northern Downpour / Lying Is The Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off / I Write Sins Not Tragedies / Science Fiction Double Feature/ Nine in the Afternoon // ENCORE: Nearly Witches
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