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Panic! At the Disco: Live in Concert

I promise to go back to writing-based blogs soon, but I need to write about this, so I have it on black and white. I mentioned in my earlier post Just For The Record: Music, that I was heading to a concert that night – Panic! At the Disco, to be precise.

Live Concert

The concert seemed too short. There’s no other way to describe it. Being there was an amazing experience and I had a wonderful time. The opening act turned out better than I expected and Panic! blew even my wildest ideas of seeing them in concert out of my mind.

They are amazing live, had great, entertaining conversations between songs and all in all, drew the crowd into the performance. We weren’t just viewers, we were a part of the experience. In my opinion, that’s what sets a good live band apart from a bad live one- how much they interact with the crowd; the people who came to see them.

They dedicated their song, Always, to us. They thanked us for spending our Friday night with them, and not at home watching cartoons and eating ice cream (as Brendon put it). They showed their gratitude and how much it truly meant to them.

They dedicated another song to the victims and families of the dead, or injured, from the Pukkelpop Fiasco, which happened only a night before. You can read Spencer’s recollections of the night here.

The rundown is that a horrible storm hit a music festival in Belgium just as Panic! wanted to go on stage. Over 60,000 people outside or in tents when it hit. Last I heard, there were five deaths, a dozen severely injured and even more with minor injuries. My heart goes out to everyone involved.

As Spencer says in that article,

We were about 30 seconds from going on stage to start our set when the light rain turned into a downpour….and then the wind hit. The steel beams holding up the tent started swaying, as did the full lighting/sound rig. In fear of it all collapsing everyone started running out. Then the wind got stronger and it turned into chaos.

They recovered, and the rest of the weekend festival got cancelled. How Panic! managed to go on stage only twenty-four hours after that is beyond me, but I commend them for having the courage to do so. They are an inspiration to me and always have been.

I will never forget that amazing night and the pictures I took will serve as wonderful memories.

Live Concert

What is your best concert memory?

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Just For The Record: Music

I was going to start this post with a cliché, “If you’re reading this now, it means I am no longer with you.”, but I decided against it. The fact of the matter is that I’m actually going out tonight; I don’t do stuff out of the house often, excluding college, work and groceries. Very rarely do I go to the cinema or things like that, despite enjoying it.

Tonight’s culprit is a concert. It’s the first time I will see my favorite band, Panic! At the Disco.

I meant to see them in May, even had tickets, but personal situations led to me not going. Tonight, however, is the night all that will change!

It’s been three years since my last concert and this will be my third concert. What a coincidence that my favorite band of six years will be my third concert. They do say the third time’s the charm, don’t they?

Either way, at 19:30 is when the concert begins, with entry at 18:30. I’ll admit to not liking what I heard of the opening band when I looked them up on YouTube, but let’s look at it from an optimistic point of view:

I’ll be all the more thrilled when Panic! hits the stage.

What is your favorite concert memory? Which singer(s)/band(s) would you love to see live?