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LIVE IN STP | 3/12: Death Of A Bachelor Tour

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By Sarah Bel Kloetzke

On Sunday, March 12, the Death Of A Bachelor Tour featuring Panic! At The Disco, Misterwives, and Saint Motel shook St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Now, I hadn’t attended an arena show ever since I saw the Jonas Brothers when I was nine. Seeing a band I know as intimately as Panic! At The Disco in a large venue like the Xcel was a new frontier for me.

Thankfully, my seat was very close to the ground and not a nosebleed location.

The first band that played was Saint Motel from Los Angeles. Their gaudy intro, which consisted of a narration accompanying space-age imagery, is what initially caught my interest. But their music kept me entertained and captivated through their set, my personal favorite songs being “Puzzle Pieces” and “Sweet Talk.”

Then it was Misterwives’ turn to take the stage. The band is a peppy six-piece from NYC.

Misterwives were a perfect match to be on tour with Saint Motel and the next and final band, Panic! At The Disco. The whole room was buzzing, including myself, anxiously awaiting the headliners. When they waltzed onto the stage like it was their own kingdom, the room went wild.

It would be an understatement to say that the stage design and visuals were impressive.

My favorite part of the night might have been during “Girls/Girls/Boys.” The screens around Panic!’s stage showed various LGBT icons in the colors of the rainbow, while the crowd held up different-colored hearts. It all created a beautiful sense of unity in the arena that could move you to tears (and I may or may not have teared up a little.)

As per Panic! At The Disco tradition, the night was closed out with a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” followed by the band’s most iconic song, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”

I hadn’t had that much fun at a show in a while, and I’ll remember that night for some time.

About sarah bel (11 Articles)
managing editor of garage music news

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