"I went in for a hug, and a girl like kissed my neck — my sweaty, gross neck,"
Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie said via Twitch after a show last week. it was a polite plea to fans to stop the harassment.
I interviewed Brendon on his bus a few years back when they did a free show for Alt 92.9 at Copley. I kid you not when I tell you I could hardly hear the voices in my head let alone his answers over the shrieking girls outside the coach. In fact at one point, the bus was a-rockin' as if the woofers were cranked too high. I wasn't terrified but it certainly gave me pause.
That was 5 years ago.
Today, he not only needs a body guard to step away from the safety of back or even on-stage, but a big fat bubble around him (and definitely Clorox wipes). He loves his fans, appreciates them and has connected with them on what seems like an intimate level (social media of course), but make no mistake, like the rest of us, he wants and deserves personal space and begs for you crazy fans to respect boundaries. When he walks through the crowd as he's been doing as part of his Pray for the Wicked Tour, women grab at him almost violently. And when he allows a hug it often turns to women pulling on him and planting their lips all over his face and neck. Yuck, ladies. Just yuck. Imagine if a bunch of guys were groping at you and putting their lips all over your neck? The dudes might even get thrown out for that or worse, arrested! But somehow women think it's ok to grope and claw at Brendon desperately as he walks by. So stop the madness. Not just my words but your beloved Brendon's:
“Oh man, so it happened again last night. I went in for a hug. I’m not even mad, I just get like bummed, you know? Yeah, I went in for a hug, and a girl like kissed my neck — my sweaty, gross neck. And it was, yikes dude,” Urie said in the video. He added politely: “The neck kiss is so intimate, too — it’s just like an extra f— you to me. You know what I mean? Ugh. Please stop kissing me on the death walk. Please stop kissing me. Please.”
Later on Saturday, longtime security guard Zack Cloud Hall tweeted:
Just a heads up folks. I'm done with this crap of kissing Brendon during the "death walk". If I see it, you will be kicked out of the show right away. The end.
Moral of the story: get a hold of yourselves and enjoy him and the band's music before he discontinues connecting with the crowd completely! Don't ruin it for the rest of us. ok?