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Panic! At The Disco inspires fans in “High Hopes” video

Julia Knight, Staff Reporter

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Panic! at The Disco (P!ATD) frontman Brendon Urie’s encouraging message reaches beyond his music. Along with a new album, “Pray for the Wicked,” and an upcoming tour, Urie recently announced the launch of the Highest Hopes Foundation. The organization is dedicated to assisting nonprofit organizations in aiding human rights efforts across the globe.

“I want to join in on the fight for those who cannot fight for themselves,” Urie wrote on his website. “This is dedicated to all people and communities who are subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Urie announced that $1 will be donated to the Highest Hopes Foundation for every ticket sold to the band’s upcoming Pray For The Wicked Tour.

To help inspire LGBTQ youth, Urie pledged $1 million to the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network in hopes of establishing Gay-Straight Alliance clubs at high schools across the United States.

P!ATD will kick off their world tour in October and will visit the Quicken Loans Arena on Jan. 30, 2019. Tickets for the Cleveland show and all other dates can be purchased through the band’s website. Along with the upcoming tour, P!ATD reached new heights with “Pray For The Wicked.”

The band’s energetic new tracks not only enthuse long-time fans but feature inspirational and charitable undertones. The single “High Hopes” was released in May as a teaser for the new album. The recently released music video opens with Urie taking a stroll through downtown Los Angeles. Despite his confident attitude, passersby continually bump into him. He stumbles and nearly turns back again and again, symbolizing how easily others can veer him off-course. Despite these distractions, Urie keeps his eyes trained on a tall building in the distance.

A tape of Urie walking through LA is incredibly unconventional for a P!ATD video. The band’s music videos tend to feature bizarre tropes and captivating scenes. “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” shows Urie fending off burglars trying to steal a rare artifact in a comical, over-the-top fight scene. In “Emperor’s New Clothes,” the singer descends into hell and transforms into a blue-skinned, horned demon.          

As if answering fans’ prayers for his well-known quirkiness, Urie reaches the skyscraper and begins walking—yes, walking—up the side of it. Smiling spectators gather to watch and their excited expressions reveal how inspired they are by his tenacity and determination. He eventually reaches the rooftop and begins playing a celebratory set with his fellow bandmates.     

“No matter how hard your dreams seem, keep going,” wrote Urie about his new single. “You might even have to climb up the side of a building in downtown LA, but it’ll all be worth it at the top.”                     

The uplifting message of the “High Hopes” video speaks for itself.  His widespread advocacy efforts exemplify his compassion toward anyone who struggles with their identity or is outcast for being who they are.

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Panic! At The Disco inspires fans in “High Hopes” video