By Kendra Jones |
Panic! At The Disco threatened the audience with a good time, as they began their set at York College of Pennsylvania Saturday evening in the Grumbacher Sports and Fitness Center field house.
Campus Activities Board (CAB) began setup at 7:30 a.m. to host the main band, along with opening band Secret Weapons, from Brooklyn, NY.
Carissa McQuade, a junior public relations major, explained the process of physically setting up the spring concert. Pillars had to first be set up in the field house, and boards for the stage were placed on top to create the stage, she said. The room for where CAB members would take breaks between shifts had to be set up, said McQuade. She said that pipes and drapes were assembled, and they closed off access to the bands’ dressing room and backstage.
As the stage equipment for Panic! At The Disco arrived, it was unloaded from a truck and rolled over to the stage where on which it was placed. The entire set up of the stage and equipment took a few hours to complete.
Signs were put outside the venue, stating the rules of the event, before a significant line began forming around 2 p.m. CAB members then sat outside to sell additional tickets. Metal detectors were activated around 3 p.m. and were set to a very high detection rate. The security was maximized to the point where even cell phones and belt buckles would set off the alarm, forcing students to place every last object in their possession into a bowl to be checked.
Haley Copp, a sophomore behavioral science major said that there was a “runner” who had to obtain items or food that Panic! At The Disco requested throughout the day.
Copp said that a dressing room for Secret Weapons and Panic! At The Disco was set up with seating and a buffet of Mexican food, as requested by Panic! At The Disco’s vocalist, Brendon Urie. Copp helped to set up the ropes for the line outside and went around the venue making sure that everything was running smoothly.
McQuade began helping at 7:30 a.m. and worked straight through the entire event with only one hour-long break for lunch.
Both McQuade and Copp said that the entire set-up process ran smoothly.
The first arrivers to the concert were Christine Brandt and her teenage daughter, both of Lebanon; they arrived at 7:30 a.m. Brandt said that the weather was not bad, “except it was cooler in the morning.” They got to watch the Lacrosse game and participate in the tailgating; they enjoyed the free food while they waited in line. This was Brandt’s daughter’s third time seeing Panic! At The Disco and Brant’s second time. Prior to the show, Brandt was most looking forward to hearing “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time”, a song off of their new album Death of a Bachelor.
When doors opened at 6 p.m., hundreds of students and the public rushed to pass through the metal detectors to get a clear spot to stand for the concert. The night heated up as Secret Weapons took the stage a little after 7 p.m.
Secret Weapons have been playing together for a year and a half, but they have known each other for eight years.
William Tully, the drummer for Secret Weapons, said that the band has been on a college tour with Panic! At The Disco for the past four shows, and their next show has been planned to be in Florida at a festival, which the band is excited for—both the upcoming show and the sun. Tully said that life on the road is fun, but “you need to love it; it’s challenging.”
Panic! At The Disco, along with Great Big World, Atlas Genius and Skylar Grey are some of Tully’s favorite bands that he has performed with.
Tully said that they enjoy playing for both the college crowd and at other venues because both audiences provide completely different atmospheres for the band. Playing at colleges allows them to “meet a lot of young people that are very enthusiastic,” said Tully.
Panic! At The Disco brought great energy to the stage with a 20-song set, including the band’s cover of Bohemian Rhapsody and a not-so- common song that Urie doesn’t sing during the average set: Positive Hardcore. When Urie and the other touring members walked out on stage, the sound of the audience was deafening—a positive indicator that the choice to host Panic! At The Disco for the spring concert was a great one.
The band opened with “Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time” and closed with “Victorious”. Audience members sang along with Urie the entire night. The band’s musicianship was very in sync throughout the show. Urie began by only singing, and by adding a guitar and eventually switching to keyboard, he energized the atmosphere. To even further the spirit of the crowd, Urie landed two backflips, with one during the performance of the song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”.
“Panic! was so awesome!” said one student enthusiastically as he left at the end of the night.”I can’t wait to see who they get next year”.