The Wolstein Center was the place to be Wednesday night as the Death of A Bachelor Tour made it’s way through Cleveland, providing old and young fans alike with a non-stop party and a night to remember.
Opening acts Saint Motel and Misterwives kicked off the night in phenomenal fashion; both outfits warmed up the crowd with their catchy lyrics and high energy which quickly proved to be contagious throughout the arena. Saint Motel, an LA-based band fronted by vocalist/guitar/keys AJ Jackson, got the audience moving with a forty minute indie-prog set.
The middle act, NYC outfit Misterwives played a colorful, hour-long set punctuated by indie pop rhythms. Lead singer Mandy Lee took to the stage in a technicolor furry jacket and got rowdy quickly. The high-energy set really revved up the sold-out crowd at Wolstein.
The bar was set very high for the remainder of the night, but the crowd was more than ready for Panic! At The Disco to take the stage as endless chants and cheers carried on throughout the stage setup.
As if the anticipation for the night ahead wasn’t high enough, a giant countdown timer appeared on the screens above the stage at exactly ten minutes to Panic’s set time. You could feel the excitement in the arena building as the timer hit zero (major kudos for the punctuality by the way), screams filling the air as everything went dark. The theatrics were nothing short of extraordinary, making full use of the numerous screens covering the entire stage’s backdrop as Brendon Urie kicked off his set with ‘Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time.” Streamers filled the air immediately as the crowd was quick to sing along with the lyrics. At least, up until Brendon started busting out the dance moves causing fans’ recitation of the lyrics to be replaced with more screams.
The night continued with a setlist full of new and old songs alike while the lighting, pyrotechnics, and high energy from the band enhanced the experience nicely. Frontman Urie made a quick change and almost magical appearance at a piano in the middle of the crowd. As the throng of fans moved almost flocking gaggle of sparrows towards the singer, Urie opened us up to a ballad version of “This Is Gospel,” showing off his impressive vocal range. The arena, meanwhile, filled with a swaying arc of lights from cell phones, a modern equivalent of the Bic lighter.
Throughout the show Urie continued to stress his appreciation for all the fans, stating that “Without you guys this would just be sound check – so thank you.” And what better way to thank your fans than to greet as many of them as possible while serenading the crowd with “Death of a Bachelor”? Urie walked through the crowd during majority of the song, giving hugs and high fives to as many as he could while still managing to nail every note of the song.
“Girls/Girls/Boys” proved to be one of the most moving songs of the night as the crowd took their participation with cell phone light usage to the next step. Fans were given transparent paper hearts of various colors to hold against their cell phones during the song, causing a multitude of colors to shine throughout the arena.
The Death of A Bachelor Tour was phenomenal from start to finish. Panic’s set appeals to new and old fans alike including everything from a Billy Joel cover to the infamous “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” that Panic fans grew up loving. Brendon Urie proves himself to be not only an exceptional artist, but an outstanding entertainer as well. His energy throughout the night never faltered and his genuine appreciation for all of his fans left a warm, fuzzy feeling inside of everyone. It was the type of show you never want to end, and wish you could relive again and again.
If you have the chance to attend one of the stops on the Death of A Bachelor Tour – do it. It’s something everyone needs to experience, and you’ll be so glad you did.
Review by Whitney Shoemaker
Images by Brian M. Lumley