By Danielle Gittleman
Don’t panic! It’s been five years since rock group Panic! At The Disco began playing at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. The band played the ballroom back in 2006 during their first headlining tour, and they returned on Friday, November 4 to play again. Since 2006, they’ve released two albums, won numerous awards, and even lost two members. But that hasn’t stopped front man Brendon Urie from continuing to lead the newly formed Panic! At The Disco in the right direction.
Supporting their newest album, Vices & Virtues, the band toured with Foxy Shazam and newly solo Patrick Stump, previously the lead singer of pop-punk band, Fall Out Boy. Both opening acts prepared the sold out crowd for Panic! – and did so flawlessly.
Panic! is fronted by lead singer Brendon Urie, drummer Spencer Smith, and new members Ian Crawford on guitar and Dallon Weekes on bass. The band played seventeen songs – a mix from their three albums, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Pretty. Odd., and Vices & Virtues – plus two cover songs: “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People and “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness. The band has come a long way since they last played in Sayreville. Urie’s vocals have improved immensely, along with their stage show and presence. It was an amazing show.
Before the show, I was lucky enough to have won a contest to meet the entire band. Overall, they were all gentlemen. They were nothing but nice and caring to their fans. They took the time to talk to everyone, autograph an item of choice, and take a picture. It was a great experience that I hope many fans will have the pleasure of going through.