You all can bet I was incredibly surprised when I was sitting in forensics class one Thursday and suddenly a notification popped up on my screen telling me that the one and only Panic! At the Disco would be playing in Lawrence the next day. I instantly took a screenshot of the notification and when the bell rang, ran to my moms classroom to tell her what was going on and figure out a way to get myself there.
The next day my friend, my sister and I showed up outside the Bottleneck in Lawrence and waited to get our tickets. How the line process went, was all the people with hopes of getting tickets condensed into a single file line once a worker came out and told us that we would be numbered off once we entered the venue. We walked in, got our numbers, stamps, wristbands, and tickets. Then we were able to, actually encouraged to leave the venue and come back later in the evening. When we did return we were told to get in line in numerical order, which everyone did. Once in the venue the real party began.
I was in such awe at the fact that I was seeing a band used to playing arenas, in a small bar in the middle of Kansas that my smile was permanent the whole night. Not to mention the fact that Brendon Urie really knows how to put on a show. He never stopped moving, he was interacting with the crowd, he was reading signs and shaking hands, he was truly there to put his heart and soul into the show. I was also incredibly delighted to get the chance to see new bassist Nicole Row early on in her time with the group. I think she added a great presence to the show and the group. It is not common to see female bassists in a scene like this. It was quite a breath of fresh air. The energy from this show was a surprise for me because I have seen arena shows before and I know they are much different from club/bar shows. However, I felt the energy radiating off of the performance and it felt just like the club shows that I love so dearly. I couldn’t have imagined that I would ever get the chance to see Panic! let alone see them in a small venue such as the Bottleneck. I am forever thankful for the experience however and I am excited to experience one of their shows again.
Panic! At the Disco will be making a stop at the Sprint Center in February of 2019, and I highly recommend snagging some tickets to that early! I’m sure you will not regret it! Get yours at the link below!