Panic! At The Disco: The Gospel Tour – Tickets – Pier Six Pavilion – Baltimore, MD – August 10th, 2014

Panic! At The Disco: The Gospel Tour

Live Nation presents

Panic! At The Disco: The Gospel Tour

Walk The Moon, Magic Man

08/10/2014

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Pier Six Pavilion

Baltimore, MD

$39.50 reserved pavilion; $29.50 lawn

Lawn tickets ONLY available through Ticketfly. Some reserved pavilion seats may be available through Ticketmaster.com

Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco's roots coming of age in Las Vegas loom large on the band's fourth album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!. From its glittery synth-based, drum-heavy sound, to its playful, celebratory subject matter, to the Rat Pack-inspired imagery on the cover, to the title itself (a line from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S. Thompson), the album finds the band, for the first time in its nearly 10-year career, owning up to loving their hometown.
"Before I started demoing any of the songs on the album, I was in Vegas and went to a club," says the band's frontman and songwriter Brendon Urie. "I was listening to the driving beats and watching all these people dance and have a good time. And I thought, 'I want to make music like this. These people are celebrating life.' It made me stop being cynical and see how beautiful it actually was. We left Vegas when we were 17, because at that age, Vegas sucks. You're not 21. You can't go anywhere; you can't play in bars. We never played live shows. So we were really bitter for a lot of years. But this last time I realized that people go there to drop their guard and let loose, and that inspired me. It was a real moment of clarity. Now I'm in love with Vegas. I even wrote an anthem about it, 'Vegas Lights.'"
Urie's inspiration is reflected in the sound of the new album, which was recorded largely on a collection of Arturia and Moog synthesizers that he and drummer Spencer Smith had collected over the years. "I hadn't really delved into it all because I didn't know how to use the technology," Urie says. "A huge part of the process for me is that I wanted to be a producer. I had the sounds in my head, I just had to figure out how to get them out. Our producer Butch Walker [who co-produced Panic! At The Disco's 2011 album Vices & Virtues] and engineer Jake Sinclair were both mentors and taught me how to use the computer. I would explain what I was hearing and they'd say, 'Well, this is how you do it.' It was validating to get positive feedback from Butch, but I still wanted more. So I just kept writing, writing, and writing." Eventually Urie came up with the album's anthemic core: "Vegas Lights," "This Is Gospel," "Nicotine," "Girls/Girls/Boys," and the new single "Miss Jackson." "We had all these songs and I was like, 'This is it; this is the record I want to make,'" Urie says. "I knew it would happen, but finally it's here."

Panic! At The Disco is now looking forward to a bright rest of the year. Urie promises their upcoming tours will be as big a spectacle as the tours they've launched for their previous albums, 2005's double-platinum A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, 2008's Pretty. Odd. (which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Album chart), and Vices & Virtues, which debuted at No. 7 and racked up critical accolades. "I want our show to be a steady stream of continuous music," Urie says. "I want to create that club feel where the music doesn't let up and the beat never stops. You came to a show. I'm going to tire you out. I'm going to make you work for it. I want to create an environment that doesn't feel like an arena. I want the audience to actually forget where they are. Then an hour later, they're like, 'Wow, what just happened?'"
Walk The Moon
Walk The Moon
This past June, Seattle news and culture blog Seattlest.com posted a review of a show by Walk The Moon. It read like this: "Walk The Moon hit the stage with so much energy that the crowd immediately pushed forward and started dancing. It's refreshing to see a band that's having as much, or more, fun than the people there to see them. They took us back to the days of basement dance parties on hot summer nights, where everyone's just happy to be alive and among friends."

That review pretty much sums up this young Cincinnati band's mission statement: "We want our music to be the most fun thing you've ever listened to in your entire life," says bassist Kevin Ray. "We want it to not just affect you emotionally, but also physically in that it makes you want to dance."

Everything Walk The Moon does is infused with a playful spirit, from their radiant live shows, where the crowd often coalesces into one joyful, pogo-ing mass, to the songs the band are currently recording for their debut album. The music brims with sparkling synth-heavy pop hooks, chanted melodies, sunny harmonies, and agile polyrhythmic grooves — a sound influenced by the New Wave stylings of their favorite artists Talking Heads, David Bowie, and The Police. "We started describing it as an 'indie-pop fiesta' and that kind of stuck," says singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Nicholas Petricca.

Launched in 2008 by Petricca, Walk The Moon has steadily made a name for itself as an unsigned band over the last few years, attracting a broad mix of fans who have happily submitted to a pre-show face-painting ritual conducted by band members to get everyone into the communal spirit of the event. "Sometimes it's like, 'Dude, what are you doing here? How have you heard of us?'" marvels guitarist Eli Maiman. "But they're there, they've got face paint on, and they're playing air guitar. It's awesome. We just create the music we love and hope that other people love it, too."

Walk the Moon's appeal has also extended to such press outlets as Spin.com, The New York Post, Esquire.com, MTV.com, as well as Nylonmag.com, who called them "pure, unadulterated fun" and NME.com, who raved about their "bold, broadly beaming" sound. They were also handpicked to be featured during SXSW on Last Call With Carson Daly.

So who is Walk The Moon? Petricca, Ray, Maiman, and drummer Sean Waugaman are all Ohio natives in their early 20's who became acquainted in various ways. Petricca and Ray knew each other as toddlers (their mothers were close friends), Ray and Waugaman had played in bands together, and Petricca met Maiman through the local scene in Cincinnati.

"Being a musician has always been a career dream for me," says Petricca, a golden-throated crooner who began playing piano as a child and singing in high school. "So I needed to find people who wanted to do this as badly as I did, which these guys all did." Their first gig together was at Cincinnati watering hole the Northside Tavern. "We thought, 'If we could just get 50 people in, the room would look fine," Ray recalls. "Then 350 people showed up." Walk the Moon's shows, including jubilant sets at this year's SXSW, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza festivals, boasted a similar vibe. "Bonnaroo was everything we could want from a Walk The Moon show," Waugaman says. "Everybody was sweaty and muddy. There were people standing on tables and on each other."

Walk The Moon are currently in the studio, and are looking forward to finishing up their album, which is being produced by Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective). The album will feature a host of new songs as well as new versions of songs from their independently released 2010 album I Want, I Want, including the viral sensation "Anna Sun." The eye-catching video for "Anna Sun" sparked major buzz when it was posted on tastemaker blog "All Things Go" and tweeted about by indie label Neon Gold Records.

"We wanted the video to get people interested and then for the live show to kick their asses," Petricca says. The clip for "Anna Sun" — a happy-sad sing-along affair that claims "this house is falling apart" before declaring "We're gonna rattle this ghost town!" — features Petricca cavorting with colorfully dressed young Cincinnatians sporting leotards, headbands, and face paint. The video neatly captures the creative heart of Walk The Moon's music.

"I like to write about this idea of feeling young throughout your life," Petricca says. "'Anna Sun' is about eternal youth, and it recalls a lot of my memories from college, but it also addresses the fear of losing that innocence and falling into a routine. I feel like the things we do to escape, like going out and partying, are to recapture the imagination you had a child, which is something that speaks to me personally as a songwriter. All of my favorite songs have always set my imagination running. In that sense, I love the idea that we could be a band that gets people into Neverland, and lets them make their own movie in their head while they're listening."
Magic Man
Magic Man
Magic Man began as a duo who grew out of idle hours during a summer in France spent volunteering on different organic farms. Their self-produced debut album Real Life Color was released in 2010. Three years since the release of Real Life Color, Magic Man has evolved from two college students behind a laptop into a five-person band. The band, originally comprised of Alex Caplow and Sam Lee, added Justine Bowe, Daniel Radin, and Joey Sulkowski into the mix, and have added a new indie pop/rock style to their synth-pop roots. Magic Man released their new EP, You Are Here , last September and expect to launch their next full-length album early in 2014. Alex previously played with a band called Gulls, Sam writes music under the name The Tumbled Sea, Daniel is a member of the band The Novel Ideas, and Justine writes music as Photocomfort
Venue Information:
Pier Six Pavilion
731 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD, 21202
http://www.piersixpavilion.com/