Panic! At The Disco & Walk The Moon @ Chastain Amphitheatre 8-17-14

Panic! At The Disco brought the Gospel Tour to Atlanta Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, in support of the band’s latest release, 2013’s This Is Gospel. The band previously played in Atlanta back in January of this year, but that show was canceled following the damage to the floor of the Tabernacle.
With the Amphitheatre packed with (mostly) young teenage girls, opener Walk The Moon took the stage, enjoying every minute of the excited screaming and jumping of the crowd. The band, out of Cincinnati, had the crowd entranced from the very first song, “Tightrope,” from the 2012 self-titled album.
Frontman Nicholas Petricca played a drum passionately as he sang, pausing only to lead the crowd in hand clapping as the set continued with “Lisa Baby,” “Spend Your Money” and “Shiver Shiver.” Petricca challenged the audience to let go of all of their negative emotions and stress before “I Can Lift a Car,” encouraging them to live in the moment and “raise the roof” during each chorus. Hit song “Anna Sun” closed out the set, leaving the fans wanting more.
Panic! at the Disco took the stage to deafening cheer, opening with “Vegas Lights,” the opening track from This Is Gospel. Everyone in the crowd was on their feet dancing and singing along as the set continued with “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” and “Let’s Kill Tonight.”
Heartthrob front man Brendon Urie was all smiles as he performed, dressed in a sharp golden tuxedo jacket to start things off, only to strip down to a plain black shirt and eventually no shirt at all, much to the crowd’s delight. Current single and LGBT anthem “Girls/Girls/Boys” came next, with Urie’s voice reaching a rather surprising falsetto that continued to impress the audience throughout the night, namely during the band’s cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The band also performed several songs from the 2005 debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, including “Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off” and “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage.”
“Nearly Witches” from 2011’s Vices & Virtues closed out the set, but the fans demanded more, screaming with everything they had for the band to return to the stage. Panic! did not disappoint, strutting back out on the stage and launching into current single “This Is Gospel” before closing out the night with “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
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Originally published for Target Audience Magazine