Ogden Theatre sets Denver up for a complete panic on June 28th as Panic! at the Disco (P!ATD) is scheduled to take its stage along with corresponding opening acts fun. and Funeral Party. The Vegas-raining duo that makes up Panic! at the Disco (P!ATD) have been playing music together since they were 12 years old although, back then they mostly just covered Blink-182 songs (http://www.ogdentheater.net/eventdetail.php?id=31227). Acquiring their name from the band Name Taken‘s song, “Panic” might seem ironic to most people, but P!ATD fans know that this is just true P!ATD style. And not to be mistaken, one might even recognize the name of one of P!ATD’s opening acts Funeral Party as the title of a song by The Cure (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funeral_Party).
Band members Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith had their work cut out for them when two of P!ATD’s founding members decided to leave in 2009, “There was a month or two where we didn’t have any material or direction and that was scary… but once we found our groove it seemed like nothing could slow us down” recalls Urie (http://www.panicatthedisco.com/bio/). With the release of Vices and Virtues, the guys proved that even just the two of them are more than talented enough to stay true to their unique identity that comes from their, as Urie calls them, “stylistically diverse” songs. “There are songs that have a jazz feel and then rock songs with strings and hyper-energetic moments, too. It’s really all over the place,” Urie explains (http://www.panicatthedisco.com/bio/).
One tradition that didn’t change with this album is the fact that P!ATD’s music has always been hard to categorize into a specific genre. However, the duo sees this problem as one of the band’s many creative elements, “I love that we don’t fit in to one genre because we’ve never wanted to limit ourselves creatively because that’s the best part of being in a band.” Urie goes on to say that, “When we’re making music… we’re thinking about making the best record possible and giving our fans something they’ve never heard before,” (http://www.panicatthedisco.com/bio/).
Panic! At The Disco might not be easily categorized, but “theatrical” is one word that often comes to mind for their critics. Not to contradict P!ATD’s style, their other opening act fun. seems to follow P!ATD in this tradition; The Washington Post’s review of fun.’s debut album, Aim and Ignite (2009), called some of the arrangements “theatrical, much like those on Panic! At The Disco’s 2005 debut [A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out],” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun_%28band%29). Having their debut album compared to the debut album of the very band that they are currently supporting back in 2009 might seem like another bit of irony in this tale – or is it simply something more?
**Panic! At The Disco’s Denver performance at the Ogden Theatre is sold out.**