Panic! at The Disco vocalist tells Filipinos: "This is the loudest crowd that we've had so far."

IMAGE Jasper Lucena for MMI Live

American band Panic! At The Disco performed their chart-topping hits during their Pray For The Wicked Tour held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on October 20, 2018. P!ATD vocalist Brendon Urie (in photo) tells Filipinos: "This is the loudest crowd that we've had so far." 



Fans of Panic! At The Disco were in for a treat as the American rock band band performed their biggest hits at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday night, October 20.

For over two hours, the band performed a total of 28 songs for the Manila leg of the Pray For The Wicked Tour, which is produced by MMI Live.

Panic! At The Disco vocalist Brendon Urie performed in the country along with his current touring band members—composed of Dan Pawlovich on drums, Jesse Molloy on saxophone, Erm Navarro on trombone, Chris Bautista on trumpet, Nicole Row on bass and backing vocals, Kiara Ana Perico on viola, Leah Metzler on cello, Desiree Hazley on violin, and Mike Naran on guitars.

The Philippine concert kicked off with "(F*ck A) Silver Lining" from the band's latest album Pray For The Wicked.

It was immediately followed by "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time" and "Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind)."

Concertgoers also enjoyed his performances of "Hey Look Ma, I Made It," "LA Devotee," and "Hallelujah."

Just like his previous Manila visit in 2016, Brendon included "Nine In The Afternoon" and "Golden Days" in his set list.



Fans were thrilled to see him play some of his most recent tracks including "Casual Affair," "Vegas Lights," and "Dancing's Not a Crime."

Brendon displayed his vocal prowess through his performances of "This Is Gospel" and "Death of a Bachelor."



At one point, Brendon expressed his gratitude towards those who sang along with him that night.

He told his Pinoy fans, "This is the loudest crowd that we've had so far. Man, it's not a joke.

"I appreciate you, I love you. You all sound amazing."


Concertgoers lit up the whole arena as he performed "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Dying in LA."

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White lights turned into a sea of rainbow colors during his performance of "Girls/Girls/Boys."

Attendees threw their rainbow flags on stage while Brendon picked them up one by one and wrapped them around his shoulders.

In July 2018, Brendon opened up about his sexuality by admitting that he is pansexual, which means his attraction is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation. 

He told Paper magazine back then, "I'm married to a woman and I'm very much in love with her but I'm not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person. Yeah, I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don't care. If a person is great, then a person is great."



After this segment, Brendon rocked the stage with "Nicotine."

The band paid tribute to American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights activist Cyndi Lauper by performing "Girls Just Want To Have Fun."

Before this number, Brendon recalled how he first discovered the music of Cyndi.

"There is one person who wrote this particular music for the show and her name is Cyndi Lauper.

"Some of you might know but if you don't know who Cyndi Lauper is, she's very incredible woman, beautiful artist.

"The first time I've heard of Cyndi Lauper was from the movie called Goonies.

"And she sang the song, it was like, 'It's good enough... It's good enough for me... Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah'

"We're not gonna do that song. We're gonna do a different song that she made popular.

"Because I love Cyndi Lauper, we're gonna show how much we love her."

In 2017, Brendon starred in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots that featured music and lyrics of Cyndi.



The Philippine concert continued with "High Hopes," "Miss Jackson," "King of the Clouds," and "Crazy=Genius."

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Towards the end of the concert, Brendon reiterated his appreciation for his fans who have shown their unwavering support during his 14 years in the music industry.

He said, "I have to say, you guys are the loudest we've ever been to.

"Thank you! You guys are having a great time. I appreciate you very much.

"You know, I wanna say thank you for a lot of reasons.

"There's a couple in particular, one of which is I've been doing this for 14 years now and you guys are still here.

"So thank you, I appreciate you."



Aside from Cyndi, Brendon also paid tribute to the British rock band Queen which he considers "the greatest band of all time."

They included the song "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the lineup of the Manila concert.



Brendon ended his set with "Emperor's New Clothes."

After a few minutes, he returned back on stage for his encore performances starting with "Say Amen (Saturday Night)."

Fans continued singing along as he performed his 2005 chart-topping hit "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."

For his final song, Brendon wanted concertgoers to leave the arena with positivity, which is why he performed the song "Victorious."

Before the performance, her reminded every one, "You need to understand how important you all are as an individual.

"What I mean by that is this: you understand how amazing of us were born.

"Understand this, you had to win a race with billions and billions of sperm and you got first place.

"And now you're here! We're all here!"




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nikko Tuazon is a lifestyle writer with a strong interest in pop culture, fashion, beauty, and music. Connect with him on Instagram at @mrnikkotuazon.


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