Thousands upon thousands of music fans, young and old, filled Legacy Arena at The BJCC in Birmingham, Alabama on April 7th for the loaded Death of a Bachelor Tour featuring Panic! At The Disco in the headlining spot and Saint Motel + MisterWives in the supporting slots. All three bands put on electric performances that made for quite the night in the Magic City.
The first act of the night was Saint Motel, hailing from Los Angeles, California. I did not know much about them before the set, but I came away thoroughly impressed with their sound and showmanship. Lead singer A/J Jackson has charisma for days, a bit of a manic charisma that absolutely works for what he does, and it made for quite the impressive opening set.
Speaking of charisma, the next act, MisterWives, featured one of the most charismatic performers I've photographed in a long time. Lead singer Mandy Lee has "it" in terms of performance ability, and that "it" made this set from MisterWives absolutely fantastic. I was familiar with a few songs from the group going into this set, but they converted me into a full on fan within the span of three songs. That's how good the performance was.
When it was time for the headling performance by Panic! At The Disco, a countdown hit zero and the crowd errupted. They errupted to welcome Brendon Urie and the rest of the group to the stage for what turned into a full on high energy set from a band that understands the power of a strong live performance. Panic! At The Disco showed why they were the headliners with the set and the energy behind it.
In closing, I do want to say this was one of those nights where I enjoyed shooting every band, including the openers, and enjoyed listening to them as well. That, honestly, is a rarity, but I will always perk up for high energy bands playing electronically influenced pop. Those shows tend to be highly visual and much more fun than, well, people on stage playing instruments with no charisma or strong performance sense.
This is, above all else, a visual medium for me so that is why I will always gravitiate towards those bands that understand having a defined look on stage is just as important as having a defined sound.
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