Concert Review: Panic! at the Disco

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, Oct. 11

Panic at the Disco at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo by Al Powers

Despite being stripped of its cabaret-style production, Panic! at the Disco’s performance was still wildly theatrical thanks to the steadfast showmanship of Las Vegas-born frontman Brendon Urie. He whipped about the stage, ungluing his sleek ’do as he unleashed Freddie Mercury-style falsetto on the opener “Time to Dance.” In between the grimy lyrics of “Miss Jackson” he executed a backflip off the raised drum platform, an especially impressive acrobatic feat in his skintight pants. During song breaks, Urie’s antics were equally entertaining. He assumed the role of jester, cracking playful jabs at his Mormon upbringing, and briefly mooning the audience while proclaiming admiration for “this debaucherous city and all it has to offer!” Then he shunned the “exit-clap-encore” concert ritual, shouting “It’s all a rouse!” before launching into “Nearly Witches.” All the while, his flair for the dramatic was matched by vocal prowess, proving Urie puts the “!” in Panic! at the Disco. ★★★★☆

Full set list

  • Time to Dance
  • The Ballad of Mona Lisa
  • The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage
  • Let’s Kill Tonight
  • This is Gospel
  • Camisado
  • Hurricane
  • New Perspective
  •  Ready to Go
  •  Miss Jackson
  • Nine in the Afternoon
  •  Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off
  •  But It’s Better If You Do
  •  Nearly Witches
  •  Vegas Lights
  •  I Write Sins, Not Tragedies