Panic! at the Disco has held a special place in the hearts of many fans over the past two decades since they first burst onto the music scene in the mid-2000s. In January 2023, lead singer Brendon Urie announced that Panic! at the Disco would disband after 19 years. The decision comes as Urie turns his focus on his family and away from the spotlight.
Panic! at the Disco formed in Las Vegas in 2004 with the original line-up of Brendon Urie, Spencer Smith, Ryan Ross and Brent Wilson. The group in this iteration released two fan-loved hit albums: A fever you can’t sweat out and Pretty much. Strange. A fever you can’t sweat out contained some panic! at the disco, business cards like “I write sins, not tragedies” and “Lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off,” while Pretty much. Strange. was best known for songs like “Nine in the Afternoon”. In 2006, after the release of A fever you can’t sweat outWilson announced his departure from the band and was replaced by Jon Walker.
In 2009, Walker and Ross announced their departure from Panic! at the disco. Dallon Weekes joined the band and made it into a three-piece outfit along with Urie and Smith. The group returned with the album in 2011 Vices & Virtuesfollowed by the 2013 album Too strange to live too rare to die!.
In January 2023, Brendon Urie – the sole remaining member of Panic! at the Disco – took to Instagram to announce the end of the beloved band after 19 years.
“Growing up in Vegas, I could never have imagined where this life would take me. So many places around the world and all the friends we made along the way. But sometimes a journey has to end for a new one to begin,” said Urie. “We’ve tried to keep it to ourselves, although some of you may have heard… Sarah and I are expecting a baby very soon! The prospect of becoming a father and seeing my wife become a mother is both humbling and exciting. I look forward to this next adventure.”
“That means I’m going to finish this chapter of my life and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that panic! at The Disco will be gone,” he said. “Thank you all for your immense support over the years. I’ve sat here trying to find the perfect way to say this and I really can’t put into words how much it meant to us. Whether you’ve been here from the beginning or just found us, it’s been a pleasure not only to share the stage with so many talented people, but to share our time with you as well.”
Panic! at the Disco will officially be disbanded after Urie ended the European leg of the Viva Las Vengeance tour earlier this spring.
Mid-2010s, Panic! at the Disco went from a band with regular members to a solo project led by Urie. The panic! at the Disco Solo Act released three more albums: death of a bachelor, Pray for the wickedand most recently the album 2022 Long live revengerecorded on a tape machine.