Panic! At The Disco performed at SiriusXM Hits 1 yesterday and, along with the Pray for the Wicked leading singles “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” and “High Hopes,” the band (Brendon Urie with his backing musicians) covered Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” off the self-titled Blue Album from 1994.
In the SiriusXM setting all three songs were stripped back somewhat and saw Urie leading on an acoustic guitar. While the thumping chorus of “Say It Ain’t So” was toned down, Urie showed off his range and Broadway-level lungs (which earned him a role in Kinky Boots) as he belted the high notes and occasionally switched into falsetto. Although that was already impressive, “Say Amen” features an especially killer falsetto (listen here around 2:50).
This isn’t Panic! At The Disco’s first interaction with Weezer, either. The two bands toured together in the summer of 2016 supporting Death of a Bachelor and Weezer the White Album, respectively. Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo also co-wrote on “Victorious”—a rock radio smash off Death of a Bachelor. Years prior, around the Vice and Virtues era of Panic! (approximately 2011), Urie and founding band member Spencer Smith first wrote with Cuomo—experiences Urie told Billboard are surreal because Cuomo is one of his heroes.
Panic! At The Disco’s two most recent records, Pray for the Wicked and Death of a Bachelor, both debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1. Posted yesterday on Twitter, fans have an opportunity to engage with Pray for the Wicked on the Panic! “museum” website. It features different galleries including one called “Devil’s Key” where fans can enter for a chance to win a trip to the band’s hometown Las Vegas show on Aug. 18 and another titled “This Calls for a Toast” which hosts a selection of drink recipes (with suggestions for making them into cocktails).
Panic! At The Disco kicks off their summer tour tonight in Minnesota. A R I Z O N A and Hayley Kiyoko are support on this leg of the tour, which concludes in Las Vegas on Aug. 18. Urie recently launched the Highest Hopes Foundation (HHF) to support the efforts of non-profit organizations, and Panic! At The Disco will be allocating $1 of every ticket from the U.S. dates of the band’s Pray For The Wicked Tour to HHF.
Watch Panic! At The Disco cover “Say It Ain’t So” below. Panic! also covered Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass” recently, which you can listen to here. Find the show dates for the first leg of the tour further down and the international tour dates and second leg dates here:
Panic! At The Disco Tour Dates:
11 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Target Center
13 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
14 – Detroit, Mich. @ Little Caesars Arena – SOLD OUT
15 – Columbus, Ohio @ Nationwide Arena – SOLD OUT
17 – Chicago, Ill. @ United Center – SOLD OUT
18 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ PPG Paints Arena
20 – Uniondale, N.Y. @ NYCB Live: Nassau Coliseum
21 – Baltimore, Md. @ Royal Farms Arena – SOLD OUT
22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
24 – New York, N.Y. Madison Square Garden – SOLD OUT
25 – Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden – SOLD OUT
27 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center – SOLD OUT
28 – Raleigh, N.C. @ PNC Arena
29 – Duluth, Ga. @ Infinite Energy Center – SOLD OUT
31 – Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
01 – Tampa, Fla. @ Amalie Arena – SOLD OUT
03 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
04 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Center
05 – Tulsa, Okla. @ BOK Center
07 – Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center
08 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
10 – Seattle, Wash. @ KeyArena
11 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
12 – Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
14 – San Jose, Calif. @ SAP Center
15 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ STAPLES Center – SOLD OUT
17 – Glendale, Ariz. @ Gila River Arena
18 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ T-Mobile Arena