Falling Sparks and Rainbow Hearts

What has back flips, pyrotechnics, and smells like the Fourth of July? That’s right, Panic! At the Disco’s Death of a Bachelor tour. After recently finishing an amazing 2016 summer tour where the band co-headlined with Weezer; Brendon, Dallon, Kenny, and Dan were back and selling out massive arenas all over the country, -including the coveted Madison Square Garden.  This show was bigger than any we had ever been to before- packed with falling sparks, rainbow hearts, a rotating stage, and showers of confetti.

Little Samm and I ventured to Rosemont, Illinois to see the show- the furthest either of us have ever traveled for a concert. Our main goals for the night, find hearts and concert photographer, Jake Chamseddine. Samm loves Jake. (More on the hearts later) The set kicked off with an explosion of gold streamers and Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time into LA Devotee (my all time favorite song in the history of ever). Golden sparks

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cascaded down from the sky during Golden Days causing the whole venue to smell like firework. And flame throwers threw flames during Miss Jackson, Emperor’s New Clothes, and Crazy=Genius.  

Also featured throughout the show was a mash up of The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage / Camisado / But It’s Better If You Do and Brendon sliding on a piano on stage for Nine in the Afternoon.

 

 

About half way through the set Brendon disappeared from the stage, accompanied with a video of him being kidnapped and tortured by Pete Wentz. When Brendon finally appeared again he was at the B Stage in the middle of the crowd (also right in front of us!) and started playing the piano version of

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This is Gospel (my second favorite song in the history of ever). As he played the stage began to rise and rotate while confetti fell cascaded around him like an angelic snow storm. It was so beautiful, I cried.

Brendon descended his rotating stage and walked through the audience singing Death of a Bachelor to return to the main stage and continue the rest of the set.

Something I really want to point out is the sound quality. The band had more back

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up musicians than they have had in the past, for this show, like the summer tour, the band was accompanied by a saxophone, a trombone, and a trumpet. They created a fantastic jazzy sound that fit perfectly with the Sinatra like feel of Death of a Bachelor.  These musicians rocked. They added a new layer of life to the show. The swung their instruments side to side and played their hearts out.

 

 

IMG_20170311_185033_432Now, for the hearts.

At the first show of the tour, a couple of girls named Eva and Briar cut out thousands of different colored paper hearts. During the song Girls/Girls/Boys the audience held the hearts over their flash lights to create a massive rainbow.   For those unfamiliar with the band, Brendon is a strong LGBTQ+ advocate. As the song Girls/Girls/Boys states “Girls love girls and boys. And love is not a choice.” The hearts were so successful that fans at every other show made hearts and passed them out to the audience. Everyone loves the hearts, every night Brendon tells the audience how inspired he is by the

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hearts and how his fans are going to change the world.

As the song started Little Samm and I held our hearts high and sang our lungs out. I had never been a part of something so beautiful. I cried again. Thousands of beautiful lights, held by beautiful people all singing about love. I don’t know if I’ll ever be a part of something so inspiring again.

Sadly, the show always comes to an end. Victorious played accompanied by a rain of gold and white confetti. That’s how we felt, victorious, happy to have been able to witness such a fantastic tour, yet a little sad that the show was over.  Finally in the car, we popped open a box of road trip doughnuts and headed back to Wisconsin.Snapchat-1760475594

Highlights:

-Spending the day in Chicago with Little Samm

-Saint Motel and Misterwives opened

– Really close to the B Stage!

– Countdown before the show with pyramid symbol

– Caught confetti from Gospel and Victorious

-Hearts!!!!

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-Billy Joel Movin’ Out cover

-Mash up of The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage / Camisado / But It’s Better If You Do from A Fever You Can Sweat Out.

– Saxophone, trombone, trumpet players.

– Road trip doughnuts

Lowlights:

-Didn’t find Jake

-Merch lines were ridiculously long

-Illinois traffic

 

*** All professional photos taken by Jake Chamseddine.

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