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If you haven’t already heard, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco recently landed a lead role in the Broadway show “Kinky Boots”.

As expected, we’ve had P!ATD fans who would eagerly wait at the stage door to ask for autographs and apparently scream at Bredon’s face, like what most teenage fangirls do.

But it seems like the screaming is taking a toll on Urie’s mental well-being that he decided to stop greeting fans at the show.

While I understand that most fangirls would preferably express their excitement through piercing squeals, it is worth mentioning that Urie also deserves to be treated as a normal human being and not just a mere celebrity that only exists for our entertainment.

Also, give the guy a break! He’s trying to immerse himself in a different art form and should be respected the same way as other musical theater actors. The fact that he was already kind enough to meet fans and sign P!ATD merchandise at a Kinky Boots show manifests how much he appreciates their support.

Zack Hall, a friend of Urie, explained the situation in a tweet.

So, the next time you cross paths with a famous person, try striking a conversation or asking for a picture politely. But definitely refrain from screaming things like "HAVE MY BABIES!" in their face.

 

Photo Credit: Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

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As announced by Twitter on 27 October 2016, looping six-second video sharing platform, Vine, will be discontinued over the next few months. Although the app never really took flight in Singapore, ever since it's introduction in 2013, Vine has significantly contributed to the music industry as we know it today.

And so in this tributary article, we'll be taking a look at all the things we can thank the Vine app for.

Let's begin with thanking Vine for creating and bringing recognition to some of our favourite musicians...

 

Shawn Mendes

 
 

With a standalone concert date in Manila, Philippines on 18 March 2017 before heading to the UK in end-April, we can't help but wonder about that month-long gap... Perhaps for other concert stops in Asia too? If that's the case, don't forget Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia!

 

Us The Duo

 
 

Here's a throwback to their first concert in Singapore back in December 2014!

Through Vine, we were also able to keep up with our favourite (and already-famous) celebrities who gave us six-second peeks of their life behind all the glitz and glamour....

 

Ariana Grande

 

Harry Styles 

 

And of course, how coud we forget our all-time favourite Vine series..

 

Brendon Urie's Positive Hardcore Thursday

 

But alas, all good things have to come to an end one day. So thank you Vine for all these good memories you have provided us over the years. This may be goodbye, but we'll never forget you! :'-|

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As I try to recall the brilliance I’ve been presented last night, I can’t help but come up with the cliché pun of finally panicking at the disco. But Panic! At The Disco’s Singapore show ensued not just a certain panic. It came with the majestic feeling of an overdose of satisfaction that I’m sure everyone in the room has experienced.

For a moment, I was reminded of how it feels to be 16 and excited again. As soon as the lights went out and Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time started playing, murmurs turned into electrifying energy that I’d perfectly compare with a full cardio workout.

There is no doubt that Brendon Urie, the last remaining original member of P!ATD, is an ultimate performer. Despite playing mostly new songs, which I’m more of a fan of, he brought an authentic stage presence that fans of all ages enjoyed.

I was surrounded by female teenagers who prior to the start of the show nervously discussed A levels and having tests the next day. The same fangirls also pushed me towards the barrier, bringing me right in front of lead guitarist Kenneth Harris whose riffs I admired from a short distance.

As I continued to sway along the waves of young fans, the euphoric crowd started to get a little out of hand for my miniscule body to handle. A guy started screaming, “THIS IS A MOSHPIT!!!” as he elbowed people in front of him not exactly for the intention of having a good time and enjoying the music, but somehow to just show off his “wild side.” Bro, take it down a notch, will ya?

But the night was so euphoric that no one even bothered to pay attention to the aforementioned attention-seeker. All eyes were on Brendon who after belting out songs like Hallelujah and LA Devotee turned to the keys and played one of my favorites, Nine In The Afternoon. The most anticipated cover though, is the one Brendon wished he had written himself – Bohemian Rhapsody. If Freddie Mercury was alive, he would give P!ATD more than just a pat on the back for their flawless execution.

Gushes ensued one more time as Brendon took his shirt off, blessing everyone’s eyes with the presence of his half naked and sweaty body. In no way am I promoting double standards nor do I support objectification, but I do confess gushing over the majestic sight along with other fangirls.

Brendon might be doing shows for around 12 years now, but the class act still hasn’t lost the drive of bringing smiles (and tears) to his fans. More than that, he is an artist with a heart. How does a person come up with such enthralling hooks, deliver it live on the other side of the world and still be so grounded? Of course, he hasn’t done all of it himself. But Brendon, devoid of any pretentious formalities, genuinely thanked everyone for coming. “It’s more than what we expected,” he told us over heartwarming giggles.

I'm sure majority of the audience would have wanted to hear New Perspective and Northern Downpour live, but we really can't complain. Still, everything felt right. P!ATD finished off with Victorious and in that moment I’m pretty sure my soul already left my body.

If there’s anything I’ve gotten from that gig last night, aside from a rejuvenated soul and a backache, it’s the realization of how strongly strangers can bond over music. Nothing feels better than being in a mosh pit, staring at a band with deep admiration, and singing along to songs you’ve only repeatedly played in the bus. Shall I say, it's a hell of a feeling though?

******

“We're feeling so good. Just the way that we do.”

 

Setlist
Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time
Vegas Lights
The Ballad Of Mona Lisa
Hallelujah
Time To Dance
Emperor’s New Clothes
Girls/Girls/Boys
LA Devotee
Ready To Go
Nine In The Afternoon
Bohemian Rhapsody
Golden Days
Miss Jackson
Crazy=Genius
Death Of A Bachelor


Encore
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
This Is Gospel
Victorious

Photo Credit: @nicshields via Twitter, Aloysius Lim, LAMC Productions

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Rejoice, rejoice, oh avid Panic! At The Disco Fans!

If you’ve been drowning in schoolwork or just feeling unmotivated, then Brendon Urie’s interview with Rock Sound might just give you a little push.

Here is a glimpse into the mind of the musical genius that is Brendon Urie. His powerful vocals is not the only thing that led him to success. It’s his undying perseverance and willingness to get up back up despite failures that made him the man that he is today – Yes, our smol bean has been through a lot including getting bottled on stage and eventually passing out.

We know there’s still a couple of months to go before Panic! At The Disco’s Singapore show, so why not keep the hype going for the mean time and stalk Brendon.

It’s not everyday that you get to hear the man himself share personal experiences about his love and passion for music, amirite?

Watch the video HERE:

Photo Credit: upsetmagazine

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I am personally a fan of Brendon Urie's immense vocals and the type of sound that Panic! At The Disco is associated with. That Queen-inspired modern pop rock sound and the theatrical lyric-writing.

But I don't even know if we can call Death Of A Bachelor a P!ATD album. I mean there are those tracks that recall earlier Panic! sounds like the "Pretty. Odd."-esque Hallelujah and the classic-P!ATD-sounding tune Crazy=Genius that teases some "genius" lyric lines.

However, it might as well be Brendon's debut solo album with songs like the title track Death Of A Bachelor which has gotten a lot of stick for Urie's attempt at a Sinatra-crooner from many critics, and the same could be said for the final track Impossible Year, which in contrast, isn't that bad of an emulation really.

Emperor's New Clothes and Victorious are the songs that really show Brendon's solo potential, with both songs displaying his tremendous vocal prowess, and with the former's music video showing entirely him and his devilish transformation.

Something that I noted while listening to the record was the uncanny resemblance in the shift in sound as compared to fellow FueledByRamen alumnis Fall Out Boy's American Beauty/American Psycho album. The Good, The Bad And The Dirty is a prime example of this similarity.

Brendon also takes advantage of being the sole remaining member of Panic! At The Disco here to emulate one of his influences, The B-52's, in the song Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time.

The bottom line is that there are pretty decent songs here, most notably the brilliantly arranged Golden Days that screams passion through Urie's soaring vocals and the heavy guitars and drums in the hair-raising chorus. But it doesn't convince you in its identity as the album treads a fine line between classic Panic! tunes and a vocally powered solo record.

Track Gems: Golden Days, Impossible Days, LA Devotee, Hallelujah

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“GOD DAMN IT IM FUCKING TIRED OF THIS SONG!”

*starts singing the song*

With over 100 million views on YouTube, Panic! At The Disco’s I Write Sins Not Tragedies definitely became the band’s most popular song.

You might have heard of the song a hundred times on the radio, but you’ll never beat Brendon Urie’s record. He performed the song so many times it probably haunted him in his sleep.

If you want to be entertained by Brendon’s sarcastic comments that suggest how high he was onstage, then treat yourself to this 1-minute compilation!

 

 

*Notable Parts:

When he replaces the lyrics with “Super Whore!” and wittily adds, “Yea, she is!” afterwards, and of course, the occasional “Yeahs."

Photo credit: altpress

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If there’s one thing Fueled By Ramen excels in other than churning out arena-conquering rockstars, it is their knack for signing acts that are more than capable of letting loose the occasional single so irresistible that it’s bound to be an obvious chart champion (doubtless, Fun.’s We Are Young is still lingering in many a playlist).

Gym Class Heroes’ Travie McCoy is no exception. Synonymous with his Bruno Mars hit, Billionaire, the New York-based rapper has enjoyed a productive solo career with a portfolio that includes collaborations with names such as Taio Cruz, T-Pain and Travis Barker.

McCoy is also no stranger to intra-label team ups within the FBR/Decaydance Records family so really, it’s about time too that Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco was added into the mix. Following his work with a crooning Jason Mraz, Keep On Keeping On is the charming second single off McCoy’s forthcoming sophomore album, Rough Water.

With Urie squealing “You gotta keep on keeping on, even with the feeling that you're gonna keep losing” prominent in the background, the sunshine-tinged track joins the ranks of Pharrell Williams’ Happy in the “movement” of mass positive reinforcement. Even in the face of an “awkward, fugly” childhood, McCoy reiterates, “He plucked feather from his back and watched his bottom limbs bend forward toward something more.”

What Pharrell lacks however, is probably the coolest youngster out there. Picking out vinyl records and executing a neat guitar solo are just some of the skills exhibited by the afro-haired protagonist in Keep On Keeping On’s music video that’s sure to chase those back-to-school blues away.

 

Photo credit: Fueled By Ramen

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