WALK THE MOON plays sold out show in Atlanta April 25

Review by Jenna Hughes, Photos by Danielle Boise

Cincinnati’s pop rockers WALK THE MOON returned to the Tabernacle April 25 for a sold out show with supporting act The Griswolds. Fans packed the venue, with more than a few women dressed in a “backless dress and some beat up sneaks,” a reference to the band’s massive hit “Shut Up and Dance.” The song, inspired by the pop/dance music of the 80s, recently hit number one on the Billboard Alternative chart in February and the band has been consistently selling out venues across the country since the release of album Talking Is Hard earlier this year.

Fans that were early enough to catch The Griswolds’ set enjoyed an energetic performance from the band out of Sydney, Australia. The quartet performed songs from their debut album Be Impressive, such as “If You Want to Stay,” “Down and Out” and “Heart of a Lion.” It was hard to keep your eyes off vocalist Christopher Whitehall as he passionately sang and danced, always encouraging the audience to join him. The band’s indie-pop sound is influenced by artists such as Of Montreal and Vampire Weekend but they truly have a unique sound that is all their own.

“The Circle of Life” from “The Lion King” introduced WALK THE MOON to the stage before they launched into “Different Colors,” from Talking Is Hard. As the stage lights swirled around the band in rainbow colors, front man Nicholas Petricca gave all of his energy to the audience, stepping to the edge of the stage to let them sing along. It seemed like every single person inside the Tabernacle knew every word to every song as the band played more from Talking is Hard, such as “Down in the Dumps,” “Spend Your $$$,” “Avalanche,” and “Work This Body.” The band’s 2012 self-titled album got lots of love as well with “Shiver Shiver,” “Tightrope,” “Lisa Baby,” and “Jenny.” The energy inside the room was infectious and Petricca encouraged everyone to let loose and enjoy the moment, particularly during “I Can Lift a Car,” wherein he asked everyone to think of all the negative stuff in their lives and push it out of themselves by lifting their arms during the chorus of the song. “Shut Up and Dance” closed out the set with everyone singing and clapping along. For the encore, the band chose a surprise cover of “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers, putting their own unique spin on it, of course, and ended the night with their first hit, “Anna Sun.”

A WALK THE MOON  show is definitely an uplifting experience and the band has the most fun of anyone I’ve ever seen perform on stage, with the audience and with each other. You just can’t help but smile watching them play and do what they love and they do a superb job of passing that feeling on to the crowd. As Petricca told the audience, “This feeling you have right now tonight, you can take that with you. Take it to your job, take it to school, take it home. Take it everywhere.” And from the smiles on the faces of the fans as they left the Tabernacle, it was plain to see they would do just that.

 

WALK THE MOON full set list:

The Circle of Life (Intro)
Different Colors
Tightrope
Down in the Dumps
Spend Your $$$
Shiver Shiver
Avalanche
Up 2 U
Work This Body
Portugal
Aquaman
Lisa Baby
Jenny
I Can Lift a Car
Shut Up and Dance

Encore:

All These Things That I’ve Done (Killers cover)
Anna Sun

 

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Gallery: Walk the Moon perform to sold-out crowd at Terminal West in Atlanta

After supporting Panic! at the Disco on this summer’s Gospel Tour, Cincinnati indie rockers Walk the Moon set out on a tour of their own to support their upcoming release, Talking is Hard.  Starting in Seattle, Shut Up and Tour has made its way across the US over the month of October.  Atlanta was one of many sold-out stops along the way as the band made Terminal West their home once again.  Although there were many new fans in attendance, likely captivated by the band’s energy last time they performed in Atlanta just two months ago, it would be hard for anyone in attendance to be oblivious to the fact that the band has had a following for quite some time.  Adorned in face paint like the band members themselves, fans enthusiastically sang every word of hits such as “Tight Rope” and “I Can Lift a Car” from the band’s debut self-titled album, now a little over two years old. In addition to old favorites, Walk the Moon performed a handful of tracks from their upcoming album, including the massively popular single from which the tour borrowed its name, Shut Up and Dance.

It’s safe to say that fans left the venue excited that evening.  Excited for just having seen one of the best, most energetic performances they‘ve seen; excited for the release of Talking is Hard on Dec. 2; and excited for the band to return to Atlanta.

Walk the Moon are on tour through the first week of November, and play a handful of dates at the beginning of December. Click here to see if they are coming to your area and if tickets are available.

Panic! at the Disco & WALK THE MOON rock Chastain Amphitheatre Aug. 17

Live Review by Jenna Hughes, Photos by Danielle Boise

Panic! at the Disco - The Gospel Tour

Panic! at the Disco – The Gospel Tour

 

Panic! at the Disco brought the Gospel Tour to Atlanta Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, in support of the band’s latest release, 2013’s This Is Gospel. The band previously played in Atlanta back in January of this year, but that show was canceled following the damage to the floor of the Tabernacle.

 

Panic! at the Disco - The Gospel Tour

Panic! at the Disco – The Gospel Tour

 

 

With the Amphitheatre packed with (mostly) young teenage girls, opener WALK THE MOON took the stage, enjoying every minute of the excited screaming and jumping of the crowd. The band, out of Cincinnati, had the crowd entranced from the very first song, “Tightrope,” from the 2012 self-titled album.

 

WALK THE MOON

WALK THE MOON

 

Frontman Nicholas Petricca played a drum passionately as he sang, pausing only to lead the crowd in hand clapping as the set continued with “Lisa Baby,” “Spend Your Money” and “Shiver Shiver.” Petricca challenged the audience to let go of all of their negative emotions and stress before “I Can Lift a Car,” encouraging them to live in the moment and “raise the roof” during each chorus. Hit song “Anna Sun” closed out the set, leaving the fans wanting more.

 

 

WALK THE MOON

WALK THE MOON

Panic! at the Disco took the stage to deafening cheer, opening with “Vegas Lights,” the opening track from This Is Gospel. Everyone in the crowd was on their feet dancing and singing along as the set continued with “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” and “Let’s Kill Tonight.”

 

 

Panic! at the Disco - The Gospel Tour

Panic! at the Disco – The Gospel Tour

 

Heartthrob frontman Brendon Urie was all smiles as he performed, dressed in a sharp golden tuxedo jacket to start things off, only to strip down to a plain black shirt and eventually no shirt at all, much to the crowd’s delight. Current single and LGBT anthem “Girls/Girls/Boys” came next, with Urie’s voice reaching a rather surprising falsetto that continued to impress the audience throughout the night, namely during the band’s cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The band also performed several songs from the 2005 debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, including “Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off” and “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage.”

 

Panic! at the Disco - The Gospel Tour

Panic! at the Disco – The Gospel Tour

 

“Nearly Witches” from 2011’s Vices & Virtues closed out the set, but the fans demanded more, screaming with everything they had for the band to return to the stage. Panic! did not disappoint, strutting back out on the stage and launching into current single “This Is Gospel” before closing out the night with “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”

Panic! at the Disco - The Gospel Tour

Panic! at the Disco – The Gospel Tour

Panic! at The Disco Full Set List

“Vegas Lights,” “Time to Dance,” “The Ballad of Mona Lisa,” “The Only Difference between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage,” “Let’s Kill Tonight,” “Girls/Girls/Boys,” “Ready To Go,” “Trade Mistakes,” “New Perspective,” “Casual Affair,” “Miss Jackson,” “Nine in the Afternoon,” “The End of All Things,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen cover),” “Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have without Taking Her Clothes Off,” “Nicotine,” “Cabaret,” “Collar Full,” “Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met)

Encore
“This Is Gospel,” “Any Way You Want It/You Shook Me All Night Long/Positive Hardcore Thursday (Medley),” “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”

 

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