ABOUT PANIC! AT THE DISCO
Now the solo project of musician Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco was originally formed as a rock band in 2004 in the suburban area of Summerlin, Las Vegas, by childhood friends Ryan Ross, who sang and played guitar, and Spencer Smith, who played drums. Soon, friends and classmates Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie, who were from a neighboring school, joined the band on bass and guitar, respectively. Initially, Ross was the group’s lead singer, but upon hearing Urie sing backing vocals, he was made the frontman of the band. When Panic! at the Disco originally formed, it was as a Blink-182 cover group.
2004-2005: Early years
Over time, the band began to write their own material and they sent a demo of their music to Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, who was impressed. Wentz, who was in Los Angeles at the time, recording Fall Out Boy’s debut album with the rest of the band, drove to Las Vegas to hear them play. Upon hearing a few songs, he decided to sign them to his Fueled by Ramen imprint label Decaydance Records, making them the first act on the new label. The group signed to the label in December 2004 and the following May the bandmates, who had all been in high school at the time of signing, each left education to pursue music full-time.
2005-2007: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out
Having relocated to College Park, Maryland, the band spent June through September 2005 recording its debut album. That summer, the band played its first-ever live show at a local Las Vegas music venue The Alley. Soon, they joined Fall Out Boy, Motion City Soundtrack, the Starting Line, and Boys Night Out on the Nintendo Fusion Tour.
A Fever You Can't Sweat Out was released on September 27, 2005, debuting at number 112 on the Billboard 200 album chart, number six on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and number one the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. Its second single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", became a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and led the album to rocket up the charts, eventually peaking at number 13 on the Billboard 200 and staying on the chart for 88 weeks.
March 2006 saw the band embarking on a headlining tour to support the album’s release. By that August, the record was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the music video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" won Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. In May 2006, it was announced that Brent Wilson had left the band. He was replaced by bassist Jon Walker.
From January through May 2006, the band also supported the Academy Is... on their worldwide Ambitious Ones and Smoking Guns Tour. Panic! at the Disco’s second headlining tour, dubbed the Nothing Rhymes with Circus Tour, began in November and was praised for its theatricality.
2007-2009: Pretty. Odd. and ...Live in Chicago
After a period of rest off the back of extensive touring, the band set about writing a new album, Cricket and Clover, in March 2007. They spent the summer recording and performing the songs but, upon returning home to Las Vegas, decided to ultimately scrap the record, which had been mostly finished. However, by October, they had written a new album’s worth of songs and entered the studio.
The album, Pretty. Odd., was released on March 21, 2008, and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. From April through July 2008, the band headlined the Honda Civic Tour and throughout October and November 2008, they toured with Dashboard Confessional and the Cab on the Rock Band Live Tour promoting the video game Rock Band 2.
A live album, ...Live in Chicago, based on live recordings from Chicago during the Honda Civic Tour, was released on December 2, 2008. Its accompanying DVD featured tour photos, each music video of the album’s singles, behind-the-scenes footage of the videos and the tour, the short film Panic! at the Disco In: American Valley, and a documentary feature based on the tour, All in a Day's.
2009-2012: Line-up change and Vices and Virtues
The band started recording material for its third album in spring 2009, but that July, it was announced that Ryan Ross and Jon Walker would be leaving the band. The two were interested in taking their music in a more retro rock sound than Urie’s polished pop plans for the group and went on to start The Young Veins. A few weeks later, "New Perspective", the first song recorded without Ross and Walker, was released. That August, the band went on tour with Blink-182 with Ian Crawford (former guitarist of the pop rock band the Cab) and Dallon Weekes (frontman of the indie rock band the Brobecks) filling in for Ross and Walker.
In early 2010, they started working on the band’s third album and Dallon Weekes officially joined the band, making it a three-piece. Weekes did not play on the album but did contribute to the cover art concept and appeared masked on the cover. The album’s lead single, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa", was released on February 1, 2011. The album itself, Vices and Virtues, was released on March 22, 2011, and was well received both critically and commercially, debuting at number seven on the Billboard 200. The Vices and Virtues Tour began in February 2011 and employed a similar level of production and theatricality to the Fever You Can’t Sweat Out Tour.
May 2011 brought a collaboration with the band Fun. on the track "C'mon", as well as a North American tour together. The band also contributed a new song, "Mercenary", to the soundtrack for the video game Batman: Arkham City.
2012-2015: Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
Once Panic! at the Disco had finished touring the Vice and Virtues album, the band started work on their next record. Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! was released on October 8, 2013, preceded by the single "Miss Jackson".
That year, the band joined Fall Out Boy on their Save Rock and Roll Arena Tour. They also went on a large headlining tour to support the album. Shortly before embarking on the tour, Spencer Smith announced that he would take some time out from the band to focus on his recovery from addiction. Dan Pawlovich of the band Valencia filled in for him on the tour.
2015-2017: Transition to solo project and Death of a Batchelor
Smith officially left the band on April 2, 2015. The single "Hallelujah" was released on April 20 with no prior announcement, reaching number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 – Panic! at the Disco’s best-selling single since "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." This was followed by "Death of a Bachelor" on September 1 and "Victorious" at the end of September. On October 22, Urie announced the release of Death of a Bachelor, the band’s fifth studio album. It is the first to have been written by Urie and a team of writers. Weekes, the only other remaining official band member, decided to become a touring member once more.
The band co-headlined the Weezer & Panic! at the Disco Summer Tour 2016 with Weezer from June to August 2016 and released a cover of Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" for the Suicide Squad soundtrack album later in August.
A tour for Death of a Batchelor was announced in August 2017 with MisterWives and Saint Motel in support.
2017-2021: Pray for the Wicked
A live album, All My Friends We're Glorious: Death of a Bachelor Tour Live, was released as a limited-edition double-vinyl and digital download on December 15, 2017. Five days later, a non-album Christmas single, "Feels Like Christmas", was released. On December 27, Dallon Weekes officially left the band to focus on his role as frontman in the band I Don't Know How But They Found Me.
In March 2018, the band released two new songs "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" and "(Fuck A) Silver Lining," as well as the upcoming album Pray for the Wicked, and the Pray for the Wicked Tour.
On August 27, 2018, the band released the music video for the single "High Hopes," which went on to become their highest-charting single, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100.
2022-present: Viva Las Vengeance
On May 14, 2022, new music was teased on a website called Shut Up and Go to Bed. Panic! at the Disco’s seventh studio album, Viva Las Vengeance was released on August 19, 2022, launching four singles: "Viva Las Vengeance," "Middle Of A Breakup," "Local God," and "Don’t Let the Light Go Out."