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07 Nov
2011

By Keeyahtay Lewis

I have been spending a lot of time shooting shows at Starland Ballroom lately. They really do have some amazing bands come through. On Friday night, 11/4/11, Panic! At The Disco came through, bringing Foxy Shazam and Patrick Stump for support. I came in during Foxy Shazam’s first song, and I ran right to the pit to get my shots taken. It took me a couple minutes to settle into my groove and be able to actually watch what was going on on stage. Before I even really could pay attention to what was going on I was able to feel the energy radiating from the stage. I don’t know that I have ever seen a band quite like Foxy Shazam. Frontman Eric Sean Nally led the band like a captain trying to wrangle a speeding bullet. If Freddy Mecury and Justin Hawkins from The Darkness had a child somehow, Nally would be it. Theatrical would be an understatement. He is definitely a force to be reckoned with. At times he ran across the stage on all fours lightening fast, other times he belted out songs sitting on the shoulders of his guitar player.

The rest of the band kept up well and managed to also keep some of the spotlight on them. They all had their own definite quirky style and movements. The music sounded tight and upbeat, which fit with Nally’s often high pitched vocals. Keys and trumpets often complemented the songs. Foxy Shazam is not a band I am familiar with, but the audience clearly was. They never stopped moving or singing, matching the energy from the stage.

I will say that something weird happened towards the end of the set. Nally definitely has style and movements and gestures on stage that make you wonder a bit about his sexuality. Normally that wouldn’t be something I even mention, but at one point he thrust his crotch in the back of the one of the security guards heads, which the guard didn’t really like. He pulled away from the stage. A bit later Nally flicked a cigarette at him, and then toss a cymbal in his direction. He then took the microphone and basically said a big eff you to Starland Ballroom, and awkwardly stormed off the stage. It was a bit strange to see and I know it left people wondering what happened.

A short time later Patrick Stump took the stage. Most known as the frontman for Fall Out Boy, he is now touring on his first solo album. Taking the stage dressed in a bright blue tuxedo, matching bow tie, black shirt, black fingerless gloves and side swooped bright blonde hair, the new thin Stump doesn’t even remotely resemble the guy we are used to seeing. His solo album could be described as pop synth, and he played this image up 100%. He opened with a medley that started with “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie and two of his own songs. For me, the bad part was that my favorite song by him, “Spotlight,” was included in this. This was the song that was everywhere before his album even came out, so I would like to have heard the whole song.

Stump never stopped moving and it looked like he was having a genuinely good time playing these songs. His band kept up well dancing and playing right along with him. At the end of the set Stump jumped out into the audience and every kid in the place reached out to touch him.

If I had to sum up his set I would say at times it sounded fantastic and at other times it sounded like a train wreck. Losing weight and perhaps the weight of Fall Out Boy has turned Patrick Stump into a dancing machine. Some Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake hybrid. There were definitely many times where I wish he would have danced less and actually just sang well. It is not that he didn’t sound good, but there were definitely a few times where his dancing definitely took the place of him actually being on point vocally. At one point he sat down behind the drum kit for a solo and then ripped into a pretty fantastic cover of “In The Air Tonight.” For me that was the highlight, and it should not have been. The set ended with “This City” which did sound fantastic live. He is definitely a great frontman for FOB, and he will probably end up becoming a great solo artist too, but to me at least, it seems like he was still searching for his groove.

I have seen Panic! At The Disco play once before, while touring on their first, incredible, album. I haven’t seen them since. Or to be honest, heard much of their music since then either. Watching the stage being set up, I had a feeling it would be a good show. It looked almost like a mad scientist lab. When they took the stage, the place erupted. Front to back, you could feel the excitement. Much has been said about the fact that only the singer and drummer remain from the original lineup, but the band sounded fantastic. I was impressed all around.

Brendon Urie has a fantastic range and it was on display Friday night. Their set included all the songs that we all know, “Lying Is the Most Fun…”, “Mona Lisa”, “Nine In The Afternoon” and of course, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.” These songs had the biggest response, but even the songs that I didn’t really know well were clearly well known by everyone else at the show. I am not entirely sure who is in the band these days, but whoever they are, they sounded great and had chemistry to spare. At times Urie jumped behind a piano that was lit up with the band name and rocked out songs everyone knew so well.

Before their set the band tweeted to fans asking what covers they should play. Panic! included two cover songs in their set. “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster The People and “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. Both songs sounded great, but hearing Urie sing the shit out of the Darkness, and sing it so well was pretty amazing. That is not an easy song to sing, and he sounded great. He closed out the set starting out mostly solo with an acoustic guitar and it was a rare quiet moment in an upbeat night.

Despite a few awkward moments and a couple of hiccups, it was a great night for a sold out crowd. It made me excited to see Panic! again and curious to see what kind of solo performer Patrick Stump will eventually be. All the bands clearly had great admiration for one another and that is always nice to see. I am not sure if Foxy Shazam will ever come back to Starland but I know that almost everyone loved them as well. I love that Starland Ballroom is a venue so close to my house and they continually have incredible bands come through. I know that if Panic! ever come back to this part of NJ, I will most likely be there.

All photos courtesy of Keeyahtay Lewis. See more of his work at www.deadboltphotos.com

06 Sep
2011

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, WaterTower Music and DC Entertainment today announced Batman: Arkham City – The Album, which will be released in conjunction with the highly anticipated forthcoming videogame Batman: Arkham City. Featuring 12 new original tracks by Panic! At The Disco, Coheed and Cambria, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more (full track list below), Batman: Arkham City – The Album will be released on October 4th, two weeks prior to the game’s North American release on October 18th. The Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition of the game will include a download code for the album along with additional bonus content.

The artists featured on Batman: Arkham City – The Album approached their contributions to the album with their own unique interpretations of the stories surrounding Batman. The result is an eclectic mix of dynamic, atmospheric songs for an album that will appeal to fans of both the artists and Batman: Arkham City. Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez said, “I write in a very conceptual format with the stories that surround Coheed and Cambria, but Batman has a much larger, defined history and rules that go along with it. My goal was to find universal themes from Batman’s existing history to help give the lyrics legs and dimension so that the song could live within that world.”

Check out the track listing below:

1. Panic! At The Disco – Mercenary
2. Coheed and Cambria – Deranged
3. The Duke Spirit – Creature
4. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Shadow On The Run
5. Blaqk Audio – Afterdark
6. The Raveonettes – Oh, Stranger
7. (Crosses) – The Years
8. The Damned Things – Trophy Widow
9. Daughtry – Drown In You
10. The Boxer Rebellion – Losing You
11. Serj Tankian – Total Paranoia

*Bonus Collector’s Edition track
12. A Place to Bury Strangers – In The Shadow

The highly anticipated videogame will step out of the shadows and onto store shelves for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Games for Windows PC and the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal master-minds. The sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamcity.com to sign up to receive updates regarding the game and join the discussion on the recently launched community site at: http://community.batmanarkhamcity.com to participate in forums, read upcoming developer diaries and stay abreast of all the latest Batman: Arkham City news.

03 Sep
2011

By Michel R Dussack

Panic! at the Disco kicked off their fall tour in support of their album “Vices & Virtues” on September 1st at Rusmey Playfield at New York’s Central Park. “Vices & Virtues” made a spectacular chart entry upon its release earlier this year, and Panic! at the Disco has been touring pretty much nonstop since, with major North American and UK tours, as well as appearances at an array of summer music festivals. On this fall tour, the band opted to not use the same, highly theatrical and steam punk themed stage from the earlier North American tour in favor of a simpler stage with a black curtain behind the band and a fairly simple lighting set up.

Neon Trees were the direct support band at the Central Park show, playing a catchy 40 minute set. Singer Tyler Glenn is a wondrous frontman with near limitless energy and charisma (apparently lacking only a belt for his pants), and it definitely showed last night. The crowd was curious, most likely due to the enormous success of single “Animal”, but definitely went away highly impressed. The band played an impressive cover of Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” after announcing that there were many PYT’s in the audience. During “Animal”, the band released oversized balloons with eyeballs painted on them, perhaps they’ve been taking notes from Muse. Most inspirational of all though, was Tyler Glenn’s speech about midway through their set – that it was 2011 and guitar music was still being made; rock music is alive in 2011 and it is very exciting even after all these years. Despite the majority of the crowd knowing only “Animal” the crowd was dancing throughout their entire set. Tracks such as “Love and Affection” and “1983″ stood out, mostly due to their simple choruses that allowed the crowd to sing along with the band. Set closer “Sins Of My Youth” never fails to disappoint live, and held a significant meaning to the 18+ segment of the crowd with the line “I had a little too much fun back when I was young”, as Panic! at the Disco was up next, a band that many of these fans have been following since their early teen years.

The moment that Neon Trees left the stage, chants of “PANIC PANIC PANIC” erupted and it was clear that despite having a lot of fun during Black Cards and Neon Trees respective sets, the crowd was tired of waiting for the band that they had come to see. Many fans had waited outside the venue for hours to get a spot close to the stage, and when I arrived shortly before doors opened, the line seemed to stretch for miles. Kicking off with the second single from “Vices & Virtues”, “Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)”, the band delivered a mostly high energy, 70 minute set that left everyone wanting a bit more. They then went into “But It’s Better If You Do” off their debut album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” which pleased the very vocal crowd. Up next was the first single from “Vices & Virtues” – “The Ballad Of Mona Lisa” which got one of the biggest cheers of the night. However, songs from both “Vices & Virtues” and “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” went over equally well with the crowd, unlike with some bands were older songs are much less known. Tracks from the bands acclaimed second album “Pretty. Odd.” were noticeably absent, save for the biggest single from it “Nine In The Afternoon”. Touring members Ian Crawford (lead guitars and backing vocals) and Dallon Weekes (bass, backing vocals and synths) proved that they could rock out just as hard as perennial members Brendon Urie (lead vocals and keyboard) and Spencer Smith (drums).Throughout their set, Panic! at the Disco played multiple snippets of well known songs, however they seemed somewhat lost on the younger segment of the crowd. Midway through their set, the band concluded “Hurricane” with a few bars of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”, and during the opening of the encore, about half of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” was played. The only time the band took a break from the endless dancing and rocking out was for the acoustic “Always” which Brendon dedicated to his band family. The band rounded out their main set with the aforementioned “Nine In The Afternoon”, a stunning rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing In The Dark” performed with all of Neon Trees on stage (video below), and the massive single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”. “Dancing In The Dark” was performed flawlessly, with Brendon and Tyler trading lines and both bands entire lineups rocking out behind them. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” received the biggest cheer deservedly so – it was the song that got nearly everyone hooked on Panic! at the Disco in the first place.After coming out from the encore break and playing their bit of Marvin Gaye, Brendon introduced Pete Wentz (Fallout Boy, Black Cards) and thanked him for all his support and the band performed “Time To Dance”, which was the first song they played for Wentz, with him. Closing out the encore was the terrific “Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met…)”, and just like that the show was over, the crowd screaming in vain for more as George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” played over the speakers. Overall, Panic! at the Disco proved that despite losing two members, they are still very much so a functional live band ready to rock.

Panic! at the Disco’s setlist:
1. Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)
2. But It’s Better If You Do
3. The Ballad of Mona Lisa
4. Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off
5. Trade Mistakes
6. Camisado
7. Hurricane (Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus snippet at the end)
8. The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage
9. Let’s Kill Tonight
10. Always
11. Nine In The Afternoon
12. Dancing In The Dark (Bruce Springsteen cover, performed with Neon Trees)
13. I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Encore:
14. Let’s Get It On (Marvin Gaye cover)
15. Time To Dance (performed with Pete Wentz)
16. Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met…)

Photos by Michel R Dussack

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09 Aug
2011

Panic! At The Disco performed “Ready To Go” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Vices & Virtues on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

05 Aug
2011

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At The Disco has announced plans for their upcoming fall tour. The dates get underway October 9th at Reno, Nevada’s Knitting Factory and then continue through mid-November (see dates below). Accompanying P!ATD on all dates will be Foxy Shazam. Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Northern Downpour – Panic! At The Disco’s official fan club – beginning on Wednesday, August 10th, with all remaining tickets going on sale to the general public on Saturday, August 13th. For complete details, visit www.panicatthedisco.com or www.northerndownpour.com.

The band is currently poised to head out on a major international tour, encompassing festival appearances in Japan, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and the United Kingdom. They will return home for an eagerly awaited headline show at New York City’s Central Park Summerstage on September 1st before heading to Australia to co-headline the all-star Soundwave Revolution traveling festival. For full details and ticket information, visit www.panicatthedisco.com/shows.

In the meantime, Panic! At The Disco is set to hit NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, August 8th, where they will perform “Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind),” the latest single from their acclaimed new album, “VICES & VIRTUES.” The track is also currently featured as the end title song in Columbia Pictures’ blockbuster film, The Smurfs, in theatres now.

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PANIC! AT THE DISCO
Fall Tour 2011
All Dates w/Special Guests Foxy Shazam

OCTOBER
9 Reno, NV Knitting Factory
10 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
12 Ventura, CA Ventura Theater
13 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
16 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
18 San Antonio, TX Back Stage Live
19 Austin, TX Emo’s
20 New Orleans, LA Tipitina’s Uptown
23 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
26 Richmond, VA The National
27 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
28 Portland, ME State Theater
29 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
31 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

NOVEMBER
2 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
3 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
5 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
6 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
8 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
9 Des Moines, IA People’s Court
10 Sauget, IL Pop’s

21 Jun
2011

Panic! at the Disco performed “Ready To Go” + “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Check out both videos below and pick up the album Vices & Virtues on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

23 May
2011

By Laura McWhorter

Brendon Urie was wrong. Lying is NOT the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off. In fact, it seems as though the most fun a girl can have is seeing Panic! at the Disco live. The Vices and Virtues tour made its first stop at House of Blues in Boston on Sunday night and turned me into a 16-year-old again. Not on a nostalgic, metaphorical level but quite literally I acted like a little school girl.

This tour is flawlessly put together. Not only is Panic! in rare form but even the support is top notch. While I had zero clue who the opening acts were when I showed up I can promise you as I write this I’ve already downloaded (legally of course) albums from both. The first out of the gate was Ohio-based six-piece Foxy Shazam. Awesome band name aside…they’re six of the weirdest people you’ll ever see and they wave their freak flags high. Singer Eric Sean Nally is a mix of Queen’s Freddy Mercury, Taking Back Sunday’s Adam Lazzara and Neon Trees’s Tyler Glenn. He goes absolutely nuts on stage and moves about as if he’s the least sober man on the planet (which he might be). One thing’s for sure, whether he was recklessly tossing the mic, jumping on guitarist Loren Turner’s shoulders or humping pianist Sky White we were all having a damn good time. My reco is to see them before you listen to them – but hurry. At the end of their set they like to destroy their stuff and I’m not sure how much longer they can keep it up.

Keeping with the theme of the night, next up was fun.. You know how when you define a word you’re not supposed to use that word in the definition? Well I hope that rule doesn’t apply to bands because that’s exactly what I’m going to do. This band is really really fun. Never thought I’d be happy that The Format broke up but singer Nate Ruess’s new project is a fantastic next step. Fun served as a perfect primer to Panic! and really got the crowd going. Picking up where Foxy left off, they got right into it with feel good faves ‘At Least I’m Not As Sad…’ and ‘All the Pretty Girls’. Ruess jigged barefoot across the stage as he demanded (and earned) major love from the crowd. Their catchy tunes are easy to pick up and we were more than obliged to sing along. While fun. is the brain child of Ruess, Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff they’re joined on stage by a full touring band that helps to round out the poppy sound. The feel good toe-tapper ‘Bar Lights’ was the highlight of the night for me. House of Blues boomed as the crowd bellowed the anthemic hook, ‘I-I-I feel aliiiive’, and I found myself forgetting that these guys were just an opening act.

Finally, it was time for Panic! Set to a stage of 1920s-ish sound equipment and donning their signature old school swag (bow ties and all), Panic! launched full speed ahead into the fast-paced ‘Ready to Go’ and quickly proved that all the best parts of P!ATD were still alive and well. Urie and Spencer Smith are clearly all Panic! ever needed and their touring guitarist and bassist Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes fill in the holes perfectly. I’ve never seen a crowd respond to a band the way they did last night. As the set powered on, the crowd undulated as if one live organism gasping for breath. Even after just the first few songs kids were passing out and being lifted from the fracas and by the end of the night you could see the steam rising off the floor. Any composure we may have had was completely lost when ‘Lying is the Most Fun…’ came up and Brendon was frontman perfection as he wailed and slinked across the stage during ‘Trade Mistakes’, ‘Kill Tonight’ and ‘The Only Difference…’. As a surprise (and brief timeout), Urie appeared in the middle of the floor with an intimate performance of the acoustic ballad, ‘Always’. However, this interlude was short-lived and we quickly got back to business with ‘Nine in the Afternoon’, ‘That Green Gentleman’ and ‘ Memories’. The set ended with a true-to-tune cover of ‘How Soon is Now’ by the Smiths and the high-test crowd favorite ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’. We knew there was going to be an encore but no one could have possibly expected what came next. Hearing Brendon Urie belt out the opening bars of ‘Carry On My Wayward Son’ by Kansas isn’t something I’m ever going to forget. I’ll be that girl and say I’m dangerously close to liking the cover better than the original and honestly…the entire set could’ve sucked and that would have saved it.

There’s not much I know. I don’t know if the world is going to end in 2012. I don’t know where Carmen San Diego is. And I don’t know if Brendon Urie and I are ever going to date but I do know one thing: bow ties (and P!ATD) are most definitely making a comeback.

29 Mar
2011

Panic! at the Disco performed “Mona Lisa” on Conan. Check it out and pick up the album Vices & Virtues on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

08 Feb
2011

Panic! At The Disco have premiered the video for “Ballad of Mona Lisa”. The song is off of their upcoming album Vices & Virtues due out March 29th. Check out the video below:

18 Jan
2011

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At The Disco has announced the release of their hugely anticipated new album. “VICES & VIRTUES” arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on March 29th. The album’s first single, entitled “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” will be available at all digital retailers on February 1st. That same day will see the multi-platinum certified band debuting new music from “VICES & VIRTUES” with a very special live performance at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, tickets for which sold-out in one hour. Furthermore, Panic! At The Disco will also play two European dates, the first a sold-out show on February 8th at London’s Bush Hall, followed by a performance on February 10th at Visions Party/FZW in Dortmund, Germany. The band recently shot a music video for the single, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” in Los Angeles with director Shane Drake, which will be released shortly. Drake previously directed the group’s music videos for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” and “Nine In The Afternoon”.

Produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Pink) and John Feldmann (Neon Trees, The Used), “VICES & VIRTUES” marks Panic! At The Disco’s first new release in three years, as well as their debut outing as a duo comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith.
“It’s been a long time coming, “ Urie recently told Alternative Press, “but we’re really excited about the songs.”

The new album follows Panic! At The Disco’s acclaimed second album, “PRETTY. ODD.,” which debuted at #2 on SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart upon its 2008 release. The album’s remarkable popular success was matched by a wave of critical applause, with NME declaring it “a victory for artistic ambition over cynical careerism, one of the feel-good psych-pop albums of the year.”

Released in 2005, Panic! At The Disco’s platinum-certified debut, “A FEVER YOU CAN’T SWEAT OUT” remains one of the biggest selling debuts in Fueled By Ramen history. With their visionary pop modernism and bevy of irresistible hooks, singles like the 2x-platinum smash, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” earned the band international acclamation and a fervent fan following around the globe. What’s more, Panic! At The Disco received a number of major honors, including Grammy Award nominations and the prestigious MTV Video Music Awards “Video of the Year” prize for the imaginative companion video for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”

Panic! At The Disco has also proven an unqualified sensation on the live stage, headlining an array of festivals and multi-artist tours (including 2008’s Rock Band Live and Honda Civic Tour). In addition, the band has made countless TV appearances – highlighted by a notable performance on Saturday Night Live – and has been featured on the cover of such high-profile publications as Rolling Stone, Spin, and multiple issues of Alternative Press.

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