Panic! at the Disco - “Pray for the Wicked”

 Photo by Sowmya Narayan

Photo by Sowmya Narayan

Panic! at the Disco kicked off their “Pray for the Wicked” tour at the Target Center in Minneapolis in July. Though Panic! at the Disco put on a great show, the opening acts of Hayley Kiyoko and ARIZONA got the crowd’s hearts racing and their heads in the clouds.

The show started with frontman Brendon Urie launching up from center stage to “(Fuck A) Silver Lining” while the crowd cheered and held up their phones to take pictures. The audience was huge, covering every fanbase imaginable: preteen girls clad in black, their equally obsessed moms to young adults still wearing t-shirts from the band’s first tour. The night was magical and energetic, and Brendon was even lifted overhead and carried above the floor singing “Dying in L.A.” Most fans were screaming while others were even crying.

A few things made the show incredible. One was the amazing trio of wicked strings that would play along to some of the songs. The backup singers took everyone’s breath away with their sick dance moves and floor-length black gowns. Though the vocal performance was captivating, the graphics stole the show. Large TVs displayed collages and typography that reflected the album every song came from. Each one brought the audience back to the height of that record.

 Photo by Sowmya Narayan

Photo by Sowmya Narayan

The show ended with the classics, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Victorious” which were the perfect end to a perfect night.

Wake Mag