I've been a Panic! At the Disco fan since their freshman album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, and have been lucky enough to see them a few times in concert. I recently had the privilege of attending the Cincinnati stop of the Gospel Tour (with special guests Walk the Moon and Young Blood Hawke) in promotion of their newest release Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, their 4th studio album. I'm not only a huge Panic! fan but Walk the Moon's self titled album has been getting a lot of playtime on my iPod. So needless to say, I'd been excited about this concert since the start of the summer. The show took place at the PNC Pavillion, a great outdoor venue on the banks of the Ohio River.I can tell you now from experience that there is nothing better than a sold out concert, August heat, and 4,000 sweaty bodies singing the lyrics to every song. In one word, this show was perfection. Young Blood Hawke opened the show followed by Cincinnati's own Walk the Moon. Panic took the stage to an already pumped up crowd and did not disappoint; these guys really know how to put on a show. Lead singer Brendon Urie has a vocal range that is out of this world! During their set he played multiple instruments and rocked out on the piano during the second half of the show. In an age where music has become overprocessed and autotune reigns supreme Urie's voice, which sounds just as good if not better in person, is a breath of fresh air. He's an extremely talented vocalist and musician. The band played fan favorites from prior albums as well as new music including fan favorite "Collar Full". They even performed an inspired version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The band closed out the show with an encore performance of "I Write Sins Not Tragedies". If you can see them live do it. If you can't then pick up the album, close your blinds and dance like you were there. "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!" has been hailed as a party album and it is. You. Will. Dance. It's the kind of music that makes you feel young whether you are or... aren't. For more information on the band and for upcoming shows visit their official website.
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