A Brief History of Panic! on the Disco Through Their Live Performances


Panic! on the Disco has been an ever-evolving outfit through the years, present process a number of band lineup modifications and experimenting with totally different blends of area rock, psych-pop, emo and pop/rock. But one factor that has remained fixed in Panic's close to 15-year profession is frontman Brendon Urie -- and his capability to utterly dominate the stage.

Urie's spectacular showmanship has helped Panic! land performances on nearly each daytime and late-night speak present, in addition to eight headlining excursions of their very own. And after this week, Panic! can have one other main efficiency to checklist on their already spectacular resume: the 2018 American Music Awards.

Though Urie and Co. will likely be paying tribute to Queen on the Oct. 9 present (forward of the Bohemian Rhapsody biopic debut on Nov. 2), their AMAs efficiency provides one other chapter to the story that's Panic's profession, one which has virtually been outlined by the stay expertise. Before their first-ever AMAs look, take a look at Panic's efficiency evolution beneath. 

"I Write Sins Not Tragedies" -- MTV Video Music Awards, 2006

Any efficiency of Panic's breakout hit is a particular one for the nostalgia alone, however contemplating this tune was the one which acquired the group the video of the yr award at their first VMAs ever, this specific efficiency was monumental for them. The then-sprightly youngsters introduced their award-winning vid to life, with Urie donning an analogous top-hat-and-suit combo and surrounded by ladies in Victorian wedding ceremony apparel. Urie's vocals have gotten stronger since, however this "I Write Sins" efficiency was a actually a memorable starting.

"The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage" -- Nothing Rhymes With Circus Tour, 2006

Panic's first main headlining North American tour was nearly as theatrical as they arrive, particularly for a band that was thought of pop-punk on the time. In line with the tour's title, all the present had a really animated, burlesque really feel -- full with the band's title in flashing lights -- however the tour opener was the perfect spectacle. "The Only Difference" served as an introduction to Panic's fanciful productions, simply with extra consideration on all the environment relatively than Urie's entertaining expertise.

"Northern Downpour" -- MTV Live on the Concert Hall, 2008

Even Urie has admitted that Pretty. Odd. is extra of a studio album, which is why followers could discover Panic! now not performs most of these tracks on tour. But fortunately for many who adore the extra down-tempo Panic!, the group nonetheless devoted a complete tour to the album 10 years in the past -- and the album really isn't as boring stay as Urie might imagine it's. In truth, "Northern Downpour" is arguably essentially the most particular of the report (at the least within the stay setting), stripping down their sometimes fast-paced manufacturing and highlighting Urie's harmonies together with his then-bandmates.

"Let's Kill Tonight" drum solo -- Vices & Virtues Tour, 2011

At this level, Panic! had misplaced two of their unique members -- lead guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker -- however Urie took it as a chance to show that he by no means actually wanted constant bandmates within the first place. Though a Brendon Urie drum solo (which begins at about 2:50 within the video beneath) wasn't a rarity in Panic's units, his drum showcase post-departure of Ross and Walker allowed him to be the focal point and remind followers that he's almost as unimaginable a drummer as he's a singer.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" -- The Gospel Tour, 2014

For those that didn't imagine Urie had powerhouse vocals, or doubted that he'd be capable of make it with out his unique bandmates, all it took was one Queen tune to show himself in each respects. Emulating a legend like Freddie Mercury isn't any easy process, however Urie pulled it off so efficiently that it was laborious to choose which a part of Panic!'s "Bohemian Rhapsody" efficiency was essentially the most awe-inspiring: Urie's capability to hit each notice, his piano taking part in expertise, or his band's rock-your-face-off guitar riffs. Four years later, Panic's Queen cowl nonetheless slaps -- and seems to have served as their ticket to the AMAs stage.

"Victorious" -- The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 2016

Panic! have introduced their theatrics to Ellen a handful of occasions, and although their stage set-up for "Victorious" was the least extravagant, Urie's efficiency was unforgettable -- and basically proved Panic! to be as match for daytime TV as they're for arenas. The roaring Death of a Bachelor tune made for an electrical efficiency in itself, however Urie's vitality was infectious as he bounced round and finally made his manner into the group, even incorporating a again flip prefer it was nothing -- which he did once more in his 2018 Ellen efficiency of "Say Amen (Saturday Night)."

"Girls/Girls/Boys" -- Death of a Bachelor Tour, 2017

Urie has at all times been flamboyant in his performances, however the audacious Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! monitor turned Panic's unofficial LGBTQ anthem after followers shocked the group with rainbow-colored hearts all through the group -- a practice that now lives on at Panic! exhibits. Urie, who got here out as pansexual earlier this summer time, just lately advised Billboard that the followers' transferring in-concert initiative impressed him to do extra inside his neighborhood and past ("They simply did it as a result of they felt the love. That's how I really feel, how can I showcase that?"), making the tune one of the vital significant in Panic's catalog to this point.

"Dying in LA" -- Pray For the Wicked Tour, 2018

After years of bringing contagious vitality and mesmerizing antics to the stage, Panic's most up-to-date tour features a pinnacle stay second for Urie, who has been the only official Panic! member since 2015. He performs on a floating platform whereas taking part in piano on "Dying in LA," first displaying off his falsetto with a singular cowl of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" earlier than seamlessly transitioning to a transferring rendition of the impassioned Pray For the Wicked monitor. As if the floating platform isn't sufficient to captivate followers -- in addition to the ocean of brilliant lights that encompass him -- Urie stands from the piano mid-performance to greet everybody within the crowd whereas nonetheless completely delivering every verse of the tune. It's one of the vital intimate stay moments Panic! has ever had, however additional proof that Urie is a real rock star.