Review: Panic! at the Disco, Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith



The band only played one date in London on their latest tour.

By Rachel Barr

Panic! at the Disco (PATD) shot to fame in 2005 with the album I Write Sins Not Tragedies and three albums later, they are back in the UK with The Gospel Tour.

With only five UK dates in total and just one in London, the concert sold out quickly when tickets were released in December last year.

The pop-rock band has had several changes over the years, with three original members departing due to musical differences.

Current band members Spencer Smith (drums), Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Dallon Weekes (bassist) performed a set list which contained a mix of older and newer material.

The staging for the concert was simple yet effective, with background videos and smoke machines being used along with lighting effects.

The band had a strong young following considering some of the audience can’t have been more than eight or nine when the first album was released. Putting up with 15-year-old girls jumping up and down in my face was made more bearable by the standard of music and the well-chosen set list.

Lead singer Brendon Urie is an accomplished musician who can also play the piano, drums, guitar, violin and trumpet – some of which he demonstrated throughout the concert.

I would not hesitate to buy Panic! At the Disco tickets the next time they are in the UK, although I might opt for seated to avoid the teenage girl armpit crush!

Photo courtesy of Sarah Zucca, with thanks.

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