Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Panic! At The Disco

Reading's most dramatic moment arrives shortly after 2.40pm on Friday, as P!ATD singer Brendan Urie is hit in the face by a bottle thrown from the audience and crashes to the floor. As the crowd stand bemused, paramedics rush to his side whilst the rest of the band walk off...

There was a huge air of expectation surrounding P!ATD and the hiatus only adds to it. Will they continue? To his and their credit, Urie seems merely inconvenienced and returns to the stage, sporting an angry red weal on his right cheekbone and announcing to the audience "You can't take me out...let's see what [you] and do with my left side" before picking up 'The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage' at the exact point he left off.

Silly though their song titles may be, P!ATD are hugely impressive. That they can reproduce debut album 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out' in anything like it's densely orchestrated studio form is remarkable, but Urie manages to sing live lines that the rest of us would struggle to fit into twice the number of bars available. Despite an entirely unnecessary cover of 'Karma Police', this was one of the high spots of the weekend.


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