Artist 101: Panic! At The Disco

Here’s your Artist 101 scoop on Panic! At The Disco!

Who are the members of Panic! At The Disco?

Brendon Urie (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard, bass guitar, drums)

IRVINE, CA - MAY 16: Musician Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco performs onstage at the KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2015 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on May 16, 2015 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)
IRVINE, CA – MAY 16: Musician Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco performs onstage at the KROQ Weenie Roast Y Fiesta 2015 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on May 16, 2015 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio Inc.)

When are their birthdays?

Brendon – April 12th, 1987

What’s their most popular song right now?

“Victorious,” from the band’s fifth album Death of A Bachelor. Watch the video below!

Another song by P!ATD that’s been climbing charts is their cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which is featured on the Suicide Squad official soundtrack.

 

What should I know about Panic! At The Disco?

Panic! At The Disco began in 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first lineup consisted of Urie, guitarist Ryan Ross, drummer Spencer Smith and bassist Brent Wilson. That same year, Urie and Ross sent a link of three demo tracks to Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, and he loved it. Wentz signed them to his label, Decaydance Records (now DCD2 Records), which was an imprint label of Fueled By Ramen. They released their first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, in September of 2005. “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” the band’s second official single, was the first single to have a music video. In addition, it’s the song that helped the band gain a mass audience and following.

L to R: Smith, Ross, Urie and Walker (photo from Playbuzz.com)
L to R: Smith, Ross, Urie and Walker (photo from Playbuzz.com)

Since the band’s formation, the lineup’s gone through many changes. Brent Wilson left the band in 2006, with Jon Walker taking his place. Walker and Ryan Ross left in 2009, leaving the duo of Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith. Following the departure of Ross and Walker, Dallon Weekes and Ian Crawford joined as touring members that year. In 2010, Weekes became a permanent member. In 2013, Smith released a statement describing his abuse of prescription medication and alcohol since the recording of their second album, Pretty. Odd., and went on hiatus from 2013 to 2015. In 2015, he announced his official departure from the band. That same year, Weekes’ status reverted back to being a touring member.

In addition to their five albums (A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Pretty. Odd., Vices & Virtues, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die, Death of A Bachelor), they’ve covered “This Is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” for Suicide Squad (as stated above).

The music video for “LA Devotee,” the fourth single from DoAB, stars Noah Schnapp aka Will Byers from the hit show Stranger Things. Check it out here!

If you’re in the U.S., be sure to catch Panic! At The Disco on the ‘Death of A Bachelor’ tour in 2017! You can check dates and get tickets here.

Photo courtesy of Alternative Press
Photo courtesy of Alternative Press

Where can I find them on social media?

P!ATD – Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, iTunesSpotify, Shazam

Brendon Urie – Twitter, Instagram, Vine

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