Although the band members have changed frequently since they hit it big in 2005, the American rock band Panic! At the Disco has seen a lot of success coming off of their last album “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die”.
Currently, the band is made up of drummer Spencer Smith; vocalist and guitarist Brendon Urie; and bass and backup vocalist Dallon Weekes.
Based in Las Vegas, the original band was discovered on a fluke by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. He later signed them to his record label and the group released “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”, which sold over two million albums overall.
“From the get-go, it was crazy. I met these guys, and we’d been friends for a couple months, and Pete wanted to sign us, then we jumped in a studio and wrote a record,” Urie told the Chicago Tribune in December. “We were still in high school. I didn’t even go to graduation. I had my last day of school, then two days later we were on the road to go record our first record.”
This changed Urie’s path for the better, as his original plan was to become a cosmetologist and learn how to record albums at Arizona State.
“I wanted to be in a band. It kind of worked out,” Urie said. “I was cutting the band’s hair for the first year on tour, and we all did each other’s makeup.”
The band came back into focus in August of 2013, after Smith wrote a letter to the fans, coming clean out about his addition to prescription pills, as well as his struggles with alcoholism. Later that month, Urie tweeted the news that Smith would not be touring with them for the new record, stating: “He is away getting the help that he needs.”
Their tour came to Boston Jan. 31, and they lived up to the musical talents demonstrated on their past for albums. The two-hour set included multiple songs from past albums, closing with the song that started it all, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”. It also covered their new work, such as “This Is Gospel”, written about Smith’s addiction, which almost didn’t make it to the album.
“I wrote it and kept it in my hard drive for three or four months,” said Urie. “I was hesitant. It was the first time I had felt that honest in songwriting, and I didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes.”
With so many accomplishments already under their belt, Panic! at the Disco is certainly looking at a long future in music.