August 16, 2016 marks a night to remember for all the cool kids who were rocking out to Panic! At The Disco’s (P!ATD) headlining concert at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre. In a joint tour with Californian alt-rock band Weezer (who played the day before), the four-piece Las Vegas rock outfit finally returned to this sunny metropolis after eight years to promote their latest effort, Death of a Bachelor.
The album, a marriage of panache and lechery with more mature, Sinatra-inspired sounds, took up the bulk of the set list – not that we mind. “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”, after all, made for a heart-pumping opener that effectively tripled the crowd’s feverish pre-show energy. But we all know what we came for.
With nostalgic crowd-pleasers such as “Nine in the Afternoon”, “Ready to Go”, and our all-time favourite, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, Brendon Urie, the captain of the crew, brought the house down serenading to 5,500 howling fans who jumped in unison at every sentimental chorus. Words like “Oh, well, imagine” immediately conjured every cellphone in the room. They shot up to the stage, obscuring the vertically disadvantaged, and transforming the mosh pit into a sea of blue screens.
While drummer Dan Pawlovich, bassist Dallon Weekes, and guitarist Kenneth Harris were all decked out in slick black ensembles, the charismatic vocalist, and sole original member of the band, had on the tightest of pants, a cool grey blazer, and a leopard-print top.
True to his standard stage protocol, those articles of clothing were slowly abandoned one by one, until Brendon stood before the spectators, sweaty and topless. And it wouldn’t be a P!ATD concert without the leading man’s signature back flips, which made their way into the band’s performance of “Miss Jackson”.
Brendon didn’t shy away either from unleashing his falsetto in almost every song. It was that beautiful, formidable falsetto, the cherry on top of his gifted pipes, that allowed the crooner to do the Queen rock classic, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, justice. And that wasn’t the only cover song the band blessed the audience with a rendition of that riotous evening.
During the encore, P!ATD surprised us with an old-school medley of Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long”, turning the Suntec convention hall into a colossal 80s-themed dance party, before launching into a “Victorious” finale. An upbeat, celebratory anthem, it’s a befitting conclusion, considering that the band did just conquer the Singapore stage, yet again.
1. Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time
2. Vegas Lights
3. The Ballad of Mona Lisa
5. Time to Dance
6. Emperor’s New Clothes
8. LA Devotee
9. Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)
10. Nine in the Afternoon
11. Bohemian Rhapsody
12. Golden Days
13. Miss Jackson
15. Death of a Bachelor
16. I Write Sins Not Tragedies
17. This Is Gospel
18. Any Way You Want It / You Shook Me All Night Long
Photo Credits: Aloysius Lim/Alvin Ho, LAMC Productions