One of Las Vegas’ most successful hometown bands, Panic! At the Disco, took the stage at Mandalay Bay Events Center March 24. Life Is Beautiful Festival production coordinator Adam Christopher Smith was on the scene for the homecoming stop of the band’s Death of a Bachelor tour. Here are some of his takeaways:
Energy of the crowd:
100 straight minutes of screaming. The only time the crowd was quiet was during “This Is Gospel.”
Raising rotating disco piano, massive spark wall, matching suits, spectacle of lights.
Top 3 songs performed:
1) “This Is Gospel”—Frontman Brenden Urie was performing solo on a spinning disco piano playing this powerful, heartbreaking song. 2) “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”—The crowd had this top hit under control. 3) “Hallelujah”—This one had the entire crowd moving and bouncing their heads as if they were at a rap show.
Billy Joel’s “Movin Out (Anthony’s Song),” Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” (with Urie drumming) and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Weirdest thing that happened:
Urie’s drum solos/covers were not necessary at all. They felt like filler for the set.
Most amusing stage banter:
Urie called his horn section the “Horny Boys” … multiple times.
Overheard in the crowd:
Crying. From the young lady sitting next me—it was her first time seeing her favorite band.