Panic! at the Disco, a pioneering alternative rock band with a remarkable band name in history, has undergone several changes, including frontman Brendon Urie's announcement that his P!ATD journey is coming to an end, it's time to look back at the band's journey from Las Vegas to one of the greatest rock-and-roll bands of all time.
Pet Salamander was formed by Ryan Ross and Spencer Smith in high school. After rebranding to The Summer League, they hired guitarist Trevor Howell and bassist Brent Wilson. Wilson didn't last long, so they found a replacement in Urie, who studied guitar with Wilson. After hearing Urie's unique vocal abilities, the band rebranded once again to Panic! at the Disco.
After posting a couple of their demos to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's LiveJournal, he decided to give the high school kids a shot and signed them on to his newly formed Fueled by Ramen imprint label DCD2 Records. They were the first band on the label and were given $10,000 to record their first album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies."
Urie talked about the lack of pressure his management puts on him, which allows him to do what he wants in a 2016 interview with the Zach Sang Show.
“So we recorded a girl who is 13-14 years old playing cello one note at a time and we just took them and sampled them thoroughly and played it like an MP3.”
"I Write Sins Not Tragedies" was slow to chart until the band released their first music video, a circus-themed video that takes place during a wedding, that honored the band with the 2006 MTV Video Music Award. The album itself was certified triple platinum in the United States.
Three band members have died.
Wilson was replaced by bassist Jon Walker during the band's first world tour. Shortly after releasing their second album, Pretty. Odd, Ross and Walker left to form the band The Young Veins, leaving Urie and Smith as the only band members.
Jennifer's Body, starring Megan Fox, was recorded and released by Urie and Smith for the first time during a live performance at San Diego Comic-Con in 2009.
Dallon Weekes was appointed as a full-time bassist for the band just in time for Panic! at the Disco's Vices & Virtues tour for their third studio album, and then assisted in the recording of their fourth studio album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! in 2013.
Billy Joel is honored.
Urie was invited to perform one of Billy Joel's famous songs during the Piano Man's Kennedy Center Honors celebrations, singing the popular song "Big Shot."
Urie, a self-proclaimed huge supporter of the "Uptown Girl," sings along with and performs Joel's songs on his official Twitch channel.
Smith's battle with substance abuse
Smith left the band unofficially for a prescription drug and alcohol addiction shortly before the release of Too Weird to Live and Too Rare to Die! He told MTV in 2013 that he struggled with the addiction for four and a half years before finally realizing that he needed treatment.
Smith battled his demons, but Urie put his emotions to music, writing "This is Gospel," about his bandmate's obsession with the "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!" album. In 2016, Urie spoke with Entertainment Tonight about his inspiration for This is Gospel.
Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, a song inspired by Smith's struggles, climbed to number two on the Billboard 200 album charts.
Smith resigned from the band in 2015, and Weekes reverted to being a touring band member only, leaving Urie as the sole member of Panic! at the Disco. Not one to give up on a challenge, Urie composed, performed, and sang all of the songs for his next album Death of a Bachelor, inspired by his marriage to Sarah Orzechowski.
The album sat at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified double platinum. Urie described the album as something that is him, posting a personal story to the band's Facebook page.
The hit songs "Victorious," "LA Devotee," "Emperor's New Clothes," and "Death of a Bachelor" were included in Death of a Bachelor.
Urie was also becoming more well-known for his vocal range around the same time as the late Freddie Mercury.
The band's 2018 album Pray for the Wicked had their greatest hit to date. "High Hopes" became a household hit, was played on radio stations across the United States, and set a new Billboard record for the most consecutive weeks on the Hot Rock and Alternative chart. "High Hopes" remained number one for 65 weeks, with their next single "Hey Look Ma, I Made It" earning 11 weeks on the top spot.
Everyone was singing the catchy vocals, including the Stranger Things cast, who shared a video of them singing the song together.
Taylor Swift is cooperating with us.
Urie collaborated with pop singer Taylor Swift to sing "ME!" while "High Hopes" was still dominating the Hot Rock and Alternative charts. Swift said in an interview with BBC One that she was ecstatic to collaborate with him.
The single encouraged one's individuality and self-acceptance, and achieved Billboard's largest single-week increase in chart history. The single went on to receive a double platinum certificate.
His marriage and his future are both impacted.
After a two-year relationship, Urie and Sarah met at a Disco concert. Although Urie described it as love at first sight for him, Sarah was still dating someone at the time. Eight months later, Hayley Williams from Paramore reintroduced the now-single Sarah to Urie and everything fell into place.
The normally quiet couple announced they will have their first child in the near future. Paired with the exciting news was Urie's announcement that the band would be dismantled, so he may concentrate on his family.