Panic! At the disco shuts down the party. Tuesday (January 24) was the band’s founder and only original member, singer Brendon Urie35, announced that as he and his wife await the birth of their first child, he is calling it quits, ending the band’s two-decade run.
“Well it’s been one hell of a journey…” Urie wrote in a note to fans, thanking them for 20 years of dedication and loyalty. “Growing up in Vegas, I never could have imagined where this life would take me. So many places all over the world, and all the friends we’ve made along the way. But sometimes a journey has to end before a new can begin.”
Although they’ve tried to keep it to themselves, Urie acknowledged that some fans may have heard that he and his wife, Sarah, are expecting a child soon, and “the prospect of becoming a father and watching my wife become a mother is both humbling and exciting. I look forward to this next adventure.”
Essentially a solo project for Urie, the band originally formed in Las Vegas in 2004 with Urie on vocals and his childhood friends Ryan Ross on guitar, bassist Brent Wilson and drummer Spencer Smith. Thanks to a demo tape Urie sent to Fall Out Boy bassist/songwriter Pete Wentz, the former Blink-182 cover band landed a deal with Wentz’s Decaydance Records imprint through Fueled by Ramen.
The band’s debut, A fever you can’t sweat out, dropped in Sept. 2005 and featured the breakthrough hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”. As a sign of things to come, bassist Wilson left the band the following year (replaced by Jon Walker) with the new lineup ditching the psychedelic pop collection Beautiful. Odd. in early 2008, followed by 2011’s Vices and virtues, which was recorded by Urie and drummer Smith after the departure of Ryan and Walker. The band’s fourth effort, Too weird to live too rare to die! fell in Oct. 2013 and featured short-lived bassist Dallon Weekes and the final collaboration with drummer Smith, who left the fold in April 2015.
The 2016s Death of a bachelor was essentially a Urie solo album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, the first of the group’s efforts to top the number. After taking time off to perform on Broadway in Kinky bootsUrie was back in 2018 with Pray for the wickedfollowed by last year’s Viva Las Vengeancewhich will apparently serve as the group’s studio swan song.
Given his impending fatherhood, Urie said in his note that he wanted to “bring this chapter of my life to a close and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that Panic! At The Disco will be no more.”
The singer thanked his fans for their “enormous support” over the years and admitted he struggled to find the perfect way to say goodbye and explain how much his fans have meant to the group. “Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or just finding us, it’s been a pleasure not only to share the stage with so many talented people, but also to share our time with you,” he wrote. “I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Europe and the UK for one last race together. I love you. I appreciate you. Thank you for being there.”
The band will hit the road in Europe for a run Revenge dates scheduled to start in February. 20 in Vienna, Austria and will conclude on March 10 with a show at the AO Arena in Manchester, England.
See Urie’s post below.