Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie begs fans to stop kissing him during live shows
5 February 2019, 12:35 | Updated: 11 February 2019, 22:04
The Panic! At The Disco frontman has asked fans more than once to stop touching him inappropriately during the 'death walk' on the Pray For The Wicked tour.
Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie has had to beg fans not to kiss him during a major part of the Pray For The Wicked live shows.
There's a moment during Panic!'s show where Brendon walks out into the crowd during the performance of 'Death of a Bachelor.' That part of the show has been labelled the 'death walk,' mainly because he's belting out those 'DOAB' notes while doing it but given what Brendon just revealed happens during that audience interaction time, 'death walk' is probably about right...
Speaking during a Twitch stream, Brendon revealed that one female fan kissed his neck as he was walking through the crowd - and it sounds like it's an incredibly problematic issue that keeps happening.
Clearly uncomfortable about the whole situation, Brendon spoke about one particular moment on Twitch this past weekend (Feb 2) saying, "I went in for a hug and the girl like, kissed my neck. My sweaty gross neck and it was - yikes, dude! A neck kiss is so intimate too, it's like an extra 'fuck you to me'. You know what I mean?"
He ended the topic of conversation by saying "please stop kissing me on the death walk."
It's not the first time something like that has happened during the 'death walk' either. Brendon has been continually speaking out against the uncomfortable things fans do to him during the song. He recently said that he felt "violated" after one fan grabbed his face.
Watch Brendon in action on the 'death walk' below:
The situation appears to be getting so out of hand, Panic!'s manager Zack Hall took to social media to warn fans that there will be consequences if this keeps happening.
On Friday (Feb 1), Zack warned that if the continued disrespect toward Brendon continues, the whole 'death walk' segment of the show would be scrapped.
If people keep trying to lick, kiss or do weird creepy shit during the “death walk” we will for sure stop doing it. It’s a fun thing he likes to do and enjoys being that close to you guys, but come on. Have some respect. (It’s called that because he’s walking while singing DOAB)— zackcloudhall (@ZackCloudHall) February 1, 2019
He followed up that tweet a day later with a message warning fans that they will be instantly removed from the show if it happens again.
He wrote: "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."
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.— zackcloudhall (@ZackCloudHall) February 2, 2019
Guys, how many times does it need to be said? Inappropriately touching (!), licking (!?!?) or kissing (!!!) your favourite band members while they are performing is NOT OK. In what would would anyone think it's ok to do that to someone? In what world?! Brendon should not have to ask you stop doing it because you should NOT be doing it in the first place.
In some cases, this could be classed as actual sexual assault. So stop doing it. Respect Brendon Urie and respect all the other artists who enjoy interacting with fans during their show.