By James Nagel //
It was another full house at the Fox Theater Oakland last Saturday night, as fans eagerly awaited a headlining performance from Panic! at the Disco.
Notable opener The Colourist, led by Adam Castilla and Ellen Page doppelganger Maya Tuttle, offered an entertaining performance of their latest EP Lido, but it was obvious the audience was there to see one band and one band only.
I was pleasantly surprised by the performance offered by Panic! at the Disco. After sifting through several YouTube videos of their live shows and having seen similar bands like Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects and Boys Like Girls over the years, I had come to expect the high-energy dancing at the expense of a great vocal performance. It may have been that extra burst of stamina that comes from an end to a long tour, but Brendon Urie and company met the standards set by their recorded albums for range and lyrical complexity.
Visually, Panic! at the Disco pleased the eyes of the crowd with giant screens as backdrops, platforms for the bassist and guitarist and smoke spouts at the front of the stage. As always, the Fox Theater provided excellent lighting. Check out the photos below to see what I mean.