Panic! At The Discos’ Las Vengeance Takes over Footprint Center

The night was quiet in downtown, which was surprising. Usually there is a hustle and bustle about downtown Phoenix. The closer you got to Footprint center the quietness disappeared. There were crowds of people entering The Footprint Center and there was a long line waiting to get to the front of the booth to purchase merch. The crowd was a mix of elder emos and now newly forming young teens and early college students who were discovering the emo bands of the early 2000s.

The night was young and everyone was in their seats. The first band to hit the stage was Jake Wesley Rogers. Fans screamed and cheered the minute they came into the stage. Rogers was wearing a white ensemble but the red sparkles ankle platform boots. It was as if it was a nod to Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. It truly made sense since Wesley is from Missouri which is right next to Kansas, where Dorothy is from.

He also dawned some silver eye makeup that was reminiscent of David Bowie. They opened their set with “Hindsight”, he started off by playing the piano. The fans screamed while he played. He then got off the piano and was dancing from one side of the stage to the other. He was kicking his feet in the air, showing off his glistening shoes. The performance was captivating and energetic!

The night was starting to grow slightly older and the fans were getting more excited. The house lights dimmed and the stage lights came on. Then all of a sudden Marina, formerly known as Marina and The Diamonds. Marina opened up her set with “Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land” and then they played “Venus Flytrap”. The crowd went nuts and sang along. Marina was wearing a baby pink sing tight dress with a cutout on the hip and a slit on the side with some combat style Chelsea boots.

She started out on a platform. She would leave her platform and dance from one side of the stage to the other. The crowd ate up every minute of it. They also played “Mans World” and “Blue”. Her set was incredibly through and she played songs everyone loved. She ended her set with two of her most popular songs “How to Be A Heartbreaker” and “Bubblegum Bitch”. You could hear everyone singing along from the lobby.

It was time for the last band to hit the stage. The crowd was ready to see Panic! At The Disco perform! The stage was a circular shape with there being a giant opening in the center where fans waited to watch. The lights went off and a few stage lights came on, there was a sea of fog that was flooding the six-foot-tall stage. The band began to play, but Brandon Urie was no where to be seen. All of a sudden, he popped out of the stage, in the front bend of the circular stage. At the same time fireworks shot out from the back of the stage into the air.

They started up their set with “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”. The crowd screamed with excitement; they began to sing along so loud that you could not hear yourself think. Their set was set with tons of theatrics, bright colorful graphics and fireworks! Everyone sang along, but it was quite noticeable that their almost 2-hour set was mostly from their album Viva Las Vengeance. It was a great set but many of their classics from A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out were missing. They did play “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, the minute that song played everyone in the audience from the elder emos to the young Gen Z and Generation Alpha (those born between 2012-2014) were singing along together, dancing and enjoying every minute of this song. Over all the show was amazing and Panic! At The Disco knows how to get the crows going!

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