Panic! At The Disco have brought their Vices and Virtues tour to Southampton Guildhall, and surrounded by what seemed like thousands of brightly dressed and screeching (shudder) 14 year olds, I stood proudly at the front ready to enjoy what was going to be an interesting show.
Support band ‘Me’ were unknown to the crowd and took some getting into. Bringing sounds similar to Wolfmother and their singer has similar stylings to headliner Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie and Muse’s Matt Bellamy.
After what seemed like a lifetime, Four men in very dapper suits, a back drop of papier mache drapes and church organ pipes, Panic! had arrived in true form resorting back to their earlier look from A fever you can’t sweat out. Opening with Ready to go (Get me out of my mind) it was clear by the raising of hands and the jumping that the crowd were enjoying the opening number. For me though, it wasn’t until I heard the opening notes to But it’s better if you do that Panic! really lived up to themselves.
However, it was obvious that they were here to promote the new album, like most bands would, but this was a little extreme. Playing 9 of the 10 tracks on the album, plus the song released for the Megan Fox flick Jennifer’s Body it seemed heavily over powered by the new tracks, and not enough of the classics, missing out some of their best songs from other albums.
But they ended the night, on probably the best cover I have ever heard, yes better than Britney Spears’ I love rock ‘n’ roll!! Urie announced it as one of the best rock songs ever, and then the opening riff came on.
I believe in a thing called love.
And the place erupted, it was genius, and perfect for Urie’s voice, he hit the high notes beautifully and even though it wasn’t typically something you would expect from the band, it kind of just went.. It was almost compensation for the lack of old songs, almost.
If Panic!s support band ME sound of any interest, they are giving away 3 free songs from their album www.metheband.com when you sign up to their mailing list.