Panic! at the Disco is a pop rock/pop punk band from Las Vegas. Their sound also includes elements of synthpop, alternative, and emo—although they are NOT an emo band.
In concert, Panic! is a dynamic act that’s heavy on theatrics. If you have Panic! at the Disco tickets expect a feast for both the ears and eyes.
Currently, Panic consists of frontman Brendon Urie and bassist Dalton Weekes. The band was formed in 2004 by Ryan Ross (guitar), Brent Wilson (bass), and Spencer Smith (drums). Urie was added shortly thereafter.
On Panic! at the Disco tours, Urie and Weekes are joined by Kenneth Harris (lead guitar) and Dan Pawiovich (drums).
Ross left the bend in 2009 and formed Young Veins with another former Panic! member, Jon Walker. Walker played bass for Panic! from 2008 to 2009.
Wilson departed in 2006 and Smith lasted until early 2015.
The band was formed in 2004 in a suburb of Las Vegas. Due to their negative perception of the Las Vegas music scene, Panic! focused on recording instead of performing.
They uploaded some tracks to the internet and sent a link to Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. He liked what he heard and eventually signed the band.
When the band signed they had yet to play a gig and all but Ross were still in high school.
The band’s first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, hit streets on Sept. 27, 2005. The album featured the band’s signature song, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies.”
The album was recorded over a five week period in Maryland. The band reportedly worked 14 hours a day.
Although, subsequent works will chart higher, no Panic album has sold more than A Fever. The album has moved more than two million copies.
Veering from their successful pop punk/pop rock formula, the band drew inspiration from the psychedelic sound of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Kinks for their sophomore offering, Pretty. Odd.
The opus dropped in March of 2008 and nearly destroyed the band. It caused Ross and Walker to leave.
Fans were confused by the sudden change in direction, critics were split in their response, and the album sputtered at the cash register.
Panic! bounced back and made a partial returned to their original sound in their third album, Vices & Virtues (2011).
The band went on to release Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! in 2013. This album was highly influenced by dance music and hip hop. It was produced by Butch Walker.
The band never intended to have an exclamation point in their name. It just happened.
Since they had no attachment to it, they removed the exclamation point in January of 2008.
Due to an outcry from fans (who loved the exclamation point), and the failure of Pretty. Odd., the band returned the punctuation mark in July of 2009.
After Ross left the band, Urie took over as the band’s principal songwriter. He also plays several instruments including the piano, drums, bass, and violin.
Urie grew up in a Mormon family. During his early days in Panic!, Urie would skip band practice to attend church.