Maybe Brendon Urie just gets bored of performing on the ground.
The Panic! at the Disco frontman regularly sang and played piano while suspended in midair on the band’s recent arena tour, and at the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 20, his unique performance was similarly stratospheric. For the jubilant, horn-heavy “High Hopes” — Panic’s latest single — Urie sang while “flying” over the Radio City Music Hall audience, supported by a platform invisible to home viewers.
He reached the ground by the middle of the song, and proceeded to gallivant through the New York City crowd, stopping to say whuddup to a few random audience members before finally joining his band onstage. Once there, backed by a full-sized rock and roll orchestra, Urie belted the song’s final chorus, his high notes hitting dizzying heights.
“High Hopes” is the second track released as a single from Panic!’s 2018 album, Pray For the Wicked. It currently sits at No. 26 on Billboard‘s Alternative Songs chart, in its third week on the tally. Still receiving an even heftier amount of alternative radio play its the previous single, “Say Amen (Saturday Night),” which topped Alternative Songs back in June and currently sits at No. 8.
The “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” music video is up for best rock video tonight.