Chicago’s music festival; Lollapalooza, saw a huge array of artists from The Ramones to Kanye West. The annual music festival attracts around 160,000 people to the three-day event and Q101 were backstage throughout the festival to interview our listener’s favourite bands. In 2006 Panic! at the Disco performed an incredible set list shortly after they had released their debut album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out in 2005.
The punk rock band from Las Vegas were formed in 2004 and recorded their first demo whilst still in high school. Astonishingly they had not even performed a single live show when they were signed and what started as a band just covering Blink 182 songs, soon had a certified double platinum album in the US.
Q101 chatted to Panic! at the Disco backstage at Lollapalooza and the band seemed to be in shock at how far they had come since their album was first released a year before. The past two months for them had been amazing according to the band and just a couple of days before Lollapalooza they had their first headlining tour. The guys explained how performing at Lollapalooza was so important to their music career as they were able to play to a different audience. They believe that some of the audience members would not have come to their shows and they hoped to win these people over. They were also extremely excited to be playing alongside so many bands that they respect and admire. Jon Walker who plays bass for the band is from Chicago so regularly attends Lollapalooza and even worked at the event last year for Starbucks; he was incredibly excited to be performing with the band alongside Ween.
Amongst the excitement of playing at Lollapalooza the bands described how thrilled they were to be nominated for a VMA award, as well as performing at the award ceremony. Each year every artist that attends the VMA’s seem to try and out do each other, especially with what they wear but this is nothing new for the Panic! at the Disco as they told Q101 that they always worry about their outfits but will just step this up a notch for the awards.
For a band that had never performed live before their first album they seemed very comfortable with performing and joked about how they only get nervous if they arrive too early to a gig and have to wait around because there is nothing else to think about but nerves. This soon goes once they get on stage and they described how the last few months touring have been the best time of their lives so far. The band are now looking forward to writing more tracks and after one more month of touring they are going to take some time off to start writing.
Panic! at the Disco who named themselves after a song by The Smiths are a must see band and have released four albums since being signed in 2005. Their tour dates and tickets for 2014 can be found here. To find out more about Lollapalooza 2014 you can check out their website and to see more Q101 interviews backstage at Lollapalooza and many other music festivals, you can check out our YouTube channel.