@ Newcastle O2 Academy, January 25 2012

When fans of American pop-punk rockers Panic! At The Disco filed through the doors of the O2 Academy, it’s likely the majority were looking forward to hearing the songs that had brought their favourite band fame in the past.

Most would not have anticipated the sheer volume of cover material included in the set list, and the lack of classics from their inaugural platinum selling album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

And while playing other folks’ tunes might appease some of the neutrals, for the die hard fans there was not enough Panic at this disco.

The eclectic covers included Rolling In The Deep by Adele and Billie Jean, a Michael Jackson original. And although both will stay in the memory of the masses for a long time to come, the biggest reaction of the night from the sell-out crowd came when Panic performed tracks from their first album.

I Write Sins Not Tragedies and Lying Is the Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off, were particular highlights.

Flamboyance came in the form of lead vocalist Brendan Urie with his puppet-like dance moves and valiant efforts to backflip on the stage – a rare treat for the band’s faithful.

Unfortunately songs from their third album Vices And Virtues were not as well received in comparison to the tracks taken from their sparkling debut. This was not so much due to the performance or quality of the material but more a misunderstanding of the wants and needs of the fans.

The cliché of ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ applies perfectly to Panic. And with a fourth album in the pipeline the US group should head back to their roots: it was the songs from the first album that really sold this gig.

Darcie Worsdale