Back when we were just 14 years old, my twin sis and I attended our very first concert at Madison Square Garden. It was to see a then lesser-known John Mayer, whose reputation for playing guitar preceded his penchant for breaking hearts. It was a glorious night full of laughter, excitement, lots of screaming, and of course the belting out of “Your Body is a Wonderland” and we couldn’t have been happier.
Ever since then, we’ve tried to attend as many live shows as we can because there really is no other feeling like seeing someone you admire in person. Nowadays, it’s become a lot more difficult to continue on this tradition because we’ve gotten so busy in our own lives, but every once in a while we try to capture those nostalgic feelings just once again and that is exactly what we did when we went to go see the band Panic! At the Disco for their The Gospel Tour on Saturday night in Philadelphia at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.
We’ve seen this band live twice before, but that was a while ago, which was evident because although we’d changed, the age of their fan base seemed to have been rooted in all those years ago. Despite being constantly mistaken for a teenager myself, I did feel a little old next to the actual teens in attendance. The amount of clothing that teenagers wear seems to have also lessened since I was their age, and I swore that if I combined all of the material it took to make the clothing half of them wore, I’d only be able to create one full outfit. Times have definitely changed, my friends.
Once we finally made it inside, we luckily managed to snag a spot right in the front row! The crowd quickly filed in and any desires to get something to drink or use the restroom were now completely out of the question; we were stuck where we were for the next 4 to 5 hours.
The show started promptly and the two opening acts, Magic Man and Walk the Moon, were great! I normally can’t wait for opening acts to end, but their music was catchy and their energy infectious. I preferred Magic Man more, but from the screaming hoards I could tell that Walk the Moon won the popularity vote.
Finally my favorite moment arrived where Panic! At the Disco front man, Brendon Urie, entered the stage. Bearing all the marks of a rock star, wearing a sleek golden blazer, low slung skinny black leather pants, and black and gold sneakers to match, he never missed a beat.
What followed was a spectacular 22-set show of lights, dancing, and ear-shattering screams. Urie knows how to put on a show! Not only did he sing, but he danced, played drums, guitar, and piano and even threw in a few back flips. As the show progressed, the amount of clothing he wore lessened until (to my delight) he completed the rest of it shirtless.
To say this was one of the best live shows I’ve ever attended would be an understatement. Not only was it a great show because of the band, but also because I was getting to experience it with my sis. He and the rest of the band gave 100% and Urie, to my slight embarrassment, heard me as I yelled out, “You’re sexy!” to which he responded, “Thank you, darling.” I became giddy as a schoolgirl.
During the last song, he jumped down from the stage and came towards the audience and was essentially attacked by myself and a bunch of other girls. I think I may have even grabbed just a little too much nipple…yeah, definitely a good night haha.
By the end I was dehydrated, aching, and possibly a few pounds lighter, but I had an amazing time and was definitely able to once again relive those moments of happiness that my sister and I once shared when we were younger.
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