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Panic! at the Disco gets weird in Denver

Panic! at the Disco brought their increasingly strange Las Vegas sideshow to Denver's Ogden Theatre Saturday night, leading with their greatest not-so-secret weapon: Brendon Urie.

Panic! at the Disco performed on Jan. 18, 2014 in Denver
Panic! at the Disco performed on Jan. 18, 2014 in DenverMatt Farley
Panic! at the Disco performed Jan. 18 in Denver
Panic! at the Disco performed Jan. 18 in DenverMatt Farley

Most mainstream bands take great pains to let fans know that a musical group is a team effort – even if one person stands closer to the crowd and does most of the talking, we're meant to believe that everyone stands on equal footing behind the scenes.

But Panic has no time for that. However the songs were born, Urie serves as the singer, ringmaster, poster boy and all-purpose heartthrob of this band in public. And Panic is all the better for it.

As the band's style has wandered from Fall Out Boy-style emo into synth and straight-ahead pop, it's allowed Urie to get away from Panic's various trappings (which in the past decade have included emo makeup, circus costumes and an unfortunate Beatles phase) and simply focus on rocking.