Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Panic! at the Disco 'Victorious' at Scottrade Show

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Panic! at the Disco 'Victorious' at Scottrade Show

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Late in Wednesday night's concert at a packed Scottrade Center, Panic! At the Disco frontman Brendon Urie stopped for just a few seconds to reflect.

"I've been doing Panic! for 13 years, and that blows my mind," he said.

As well it should not just for the passage of time, but also for the band's resurgent commercial fortunes. Its most recent album, 2016's "Death of a Bachelor," was Panic!'s first album to rise to No. 1, and it also earned a best rock album nomination at this year's Grammy Awards.

No one can say that Urie hasn't worked hard for that level of success. He's effectively Panic!'s sole creative force these days, backed by a cadre of touring musicians. His Scottrade concert moved at a torrid pace, packing nearly two dozen songs into a 90-minute set that was so relentlessly entertaining that it felt much shorter.

The show was front-loaded with material from "Death of a Bachelor," including the show-opening "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time" it's central riff borrowed from the B-52's' "Rock Lobster" plus the anthemic "Golden Days" and the horn-driven "Hallelujah."

Those songs' expansive sounds move far beyond the high-energy punk-pop of the band's 2005 breakthrough, "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out," but Urie revisited that album with a medley of "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage," "Camisado" and "But It's Better If You Do."

Urie didn't speak or take a break during the show's first half-hour, but just kept pounding out the songs, including mid-period Panic! pieces "Nine in the Afternoon" (with Urie on a baby grand piano that rolled out of the drum riser) and singalong of "Miss Jackson."

Pretty much every song was a singalong, in fact, with the prohibitively young and female audience sending every word right back at the stage.

The band vanished during a video segment that showed Urie being kidnapped by a cult (a cameo by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, an early Panic! backer, lent the clip a humorous edge) after which Urie appeared at the back of the arena, seated behind another baby grand and singing "This Is Gospel" on a rising, rotating stage as glitter rained down on him.

A bit much? Perhaps, but the sincerity with which Urie approaches even his most over-the-top moments ultimately tends to win the day. …

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