The day was quiet and started out normal like any other, but then the news shook the world. Brendon Urie’s announcement was posted on Panic! At the Disco’s Instagram page: Urie was disbanding the band and calling it quits. He mentioned that it was time for one journey to end, and another to begin.
Well, it’s been a hell of a journey…
Growing up in Vegas I could’ve never 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 must end for a new one to begin. We’ve been trying to keep it to ourselves, though some of you may have heard.. Sarah and I are expecting a baby very soon! The prospect of being a father and getting to watch my wife become a mother is both humbling and exciting. I look forward to this next adventure.
That said, I am going to bring this chapter of my life to an end and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that Panic! At The Disco will be no more.
Thank you all for your immense support over the years. I’ve sat here trying to come up with the perfect way to say this and I truly can’t put into words how much it has meant to us. Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or are just finding us, it has been a pleasure to not only share the stage with so many talented people but also share our time with you. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Europe and the UK for one last run together.
I love you. I appreciate you. Thank you for existing.
Many people were saddened by the news. One person tweeted, “wow, can’t believe Panic! At the Disco’s last album was Death of a Bachelor, truly the best way to go”. While others posted memes about Urie discussing breaking up the band to himself since he is the last original member. Either way, many people were discussing the morning’s turn of events. No matter what side of the fence people fall on, many of us can say that Panic! At the Disco had an influence on our lives and over many generations.
Panic! At the Disco started in 2004 as a pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. The band was formed by Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Brent Wilson, and Spencer Smith. In 2005, they released their album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, which became wildly popular due to their single, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”. Then, in 2006, John Walker replaced Wilson, who was fired.
In 2008, the band released Pretty. Odd. This album was important because it showcased the new direction that Panic! At the Disco was going in, musically. Walker and Ross left the band due to differences on changing the sound even more. Vices & Virtues was then recorded solely by Smith and Urie. In 2015, Smith finally left the band to focus on his health, thus leaving Urie as the sole member, and making Panic! At the Disco a solo project! Urie released 2 more albums under this solo project.
I remember Panic! At the Disco being a part of my constant mix in high school. This band was one of the few that my best friend and I could absolutely agree on. They made high school manageable and left me with better memories. The best was being able to see them headline the Honda Civic tour for their album Pretty. Odd. with my best friend.
Last year, I had the chance to see them again, although it really was only Brandon Urie that I was seeing for the second time, but it still brought a flood of memories back into my brain. What was truly magical about watching them for a second time was being able to see all the different generations that Panic! At the Disco touched. Their music brought so many different people from all walks of life together, from the generation of emos to the high schoolers who mainly listened to pop. They came together in celebration of music that touched and spoke to them.
In the end, it’s sad that Panic! At the Disco will no longer be creating music but they brought happiness to millions. There is also hope in the future that Urie will come back to music and create a new project. Thank you, Panic! At the Disco for all the memories that you have given me!