Indie Rock band Panic! at the Disco were in Boston on Thursday afternoon to play a free show presented by local radio station WBOS. The last time WBOS hosted a free Panic! show in Boston, the crowd was so large the barriers in front of the stage nearly gave way. Fast forward 2 years to 2015 and they decided to hold the show in a much larger space, Boston City Hall Plaza, where the bi-annual Boston Calling Music Festival Takes Place.
With a larger space and safer set up, a crowd nearing upwards of 14,000 people came out for the free show, fans in the front row had their spots staked out as early as 1am Thursday morning. Panic! at the Disco took the stage at 6:30 to a thunderous ovation from the crowd. Even though it was a free show, the fans were not shortchanged as the group played over an hour long set with a setlist spanning their entire career. The 2013 release “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die” got the most attention as 7 songs from the album would make their way into the set.
But Panic! did not ignore their back catalog, even going as far back as their 2005 debut album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” which at the time was one of the hottest selling records in alternative music. Though frontman Brendon Urie is the sole remaining band member from that era, fans still embrace the material with open arms and loud voices. There was also something in there for any parents who brought their children or passers by stopping in on their way home from work, the group covered in full the iconic Queen song Bohemian Rhapsody with Urie hitting Freddie Mercury’s high notes with stunning precision. Prior to the ending of the show Panic! made time to do a quick covers medley that featured the Journey classic Anyway You Want It and AC/DC’s You Shook Me All Night Long
For the Boston fans it was the 5th free show put on by WBOS this year, previous shows included X Ambassadors, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Matt and Kim and the station’s marquee event Earthfest, featuring Guster, New Politics, and Atlas Genius. WBOS has been putting on free summer shows in the Boston area for years now, bringing unforgettable summer nights for fans of live music all throughout New England.
Panic! at the Disco delivered a masterful performance in front of what was undoubtedly one of their largest headline crowds to date. The members of the band were appreciative of the thousands of fans who wait for hours to catch a glimpse of their heroes, thanking the crowd several times for their support.