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Panic! At the Disco brings ‘Vices and Virtue’ to People’s Court

This Wednesday, American alternative rock duo Panic! At the Disco will perform in downtown Des Moines at People’s Court.

This show is part of a North American tour promoting “Vices and Virtues,” the band’s newest album which was released in March 2011. Patrick Stump, former member of Fall Out Boy, will open for Panic! At the Disco.

Tickets are $23 in advance and $25 at the door on the day of the show. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Panic! At the Disco has been a well-known name in the pop-punk realm since the band formed in 2005. It consists of members Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Jon Walker and Spencer Smith. The success of its single “I Write Sins, not Tragedies” from the band’s first album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out” skyrocketed the band into mainstream success.

Sophomore Brenna Doherty has been a fan of Panic! At the Disco since it first formed and is going to the show with her boyfriend.

“I found out about the show on their website,” Doherty said. “Tickets were cheap, and I love the People’s Court venue. There are no bleachers or assigned seating so it’s a free-for-all in the crowd, which allows the audience to connect with the performer much better.”

The “Nothing Rhymes with Circus” tour promoting the band’s first album was filled with theatrical elements. Each song had dance numbers, skits and tricks performed by a six-member troupe, and the band donned intricate costumes, loosely re-enacting moments from the songs.

The group’s second album “Pretty. Odd,” was steered in a completely different direction, inspired by the Beach Boys and The Beatles, and not a Las Vegas circus show. The shows became more basic and stripped down with no theatrics.

In 2009, before recording “Vices and Virtues,” Walker and Ross announced that they were going to leave the band in order to pursue different musical endeavors. By March 2011, Urie and Smith released the album. The band returned to the theatrical pop rock it once knew, but it was more mature and restrained.

Located inside the Court Avenue District, the People’s Court is a 900-capacity venue. Ticket prices at the People’s Court range from $5 to $25 dollars depending on the show. The establishment is open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday, and there is also a full bar on Monday through Wednesday nights for other concerts. People’s Court is located at 216 Court Ave.

Doherty has never seen Panic! At the Disco before, but she is expecting a good show, especially since she said she likes the People’s Court venue.

“I’ve heard that they (Panic! At the Disco) put on a very entertaining show,” Doherty said. “I am very impressed with their new album. I am hoping to see an energized crowd, good music and hopefully a little moshing.”

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