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18 Zany Truths About Panic! At The Disco

1. Founded by childhood friends Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie, Panic! at the Disco recorded its first demos while its members were in high school.

2. Shortly after, the band recorded and released its debut studio album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005).

3. Made known by the top ten lead single, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, the album eventually was certified double platinum in the US.

4. In 2006, founding bassist Brent Wilson was fired from the band during an extensive world tour, and subsequently replaced by Jon Walker.

5. Odd. (2008), marked a significant departure from the sound of the band’s debut, and ultimately led to the departure of guitarist and principal songwriter Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker, who favored the band’s new direction.

6. The duo subsequently formed a new band, the Young Veins, leaving Brendon Urie and Spencer Smith as the sole remaining members of Panic! at the Disco.

7. Continuing as a duo, Urie and Smith released a new single, “New Perspective”, and recruited Dallon Weekes as their bassist and Ian Crawford as their lead guitarist to accompany the band during live performances.

8. Weekes was later inducted into the band’s lineup as a full-time member in 2010, nearing the end of the recording of the band’s third studio album, Vices & Virtues (2011). The album marked a return to the band’s initial Vaudevillian pop-punk sound and was recorded solely by Urie and Spencer with producers John Feldmann and Butch Walker.

9. Currently as a three-piece, Urie, Smith, and Weekes recorded and released the band’s fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, in 2013.

10. Bassist Dallon Weekes was also downgraded to a touring member once again, leaving Brendon Urie as the only member of the official lineup.

11. On April 20, 2015, the band released “Hallelujah” as the first single from their fifth studio album.

12. Panic! at the Disco was formed in 2004 in the suburban area of Summerlin, Las Vegas, by childhood friends Ryan Ross, who sang and played guitar, and Spencer Smith, who played drums.

13. They both attended Bishop Gorman High School, and they began playing music together in ninth grade.

14. The monotonous nature of local Las Vegas bands influenced the members of the band to be different and creative, and they soon began laying down experimental demos.

15. The band had not even performed a single live show when they were signed.

16. “We never went out and played shows before we got signed because the music scene in Las Vegas is so bad.

17. “In our practice space, there were something like 30 bands, and every day we’d walk into that room and hear the exact same death-metal bands.

18. And to get out of Las Vegas.” and when Brendon Urie dropped out of high school his parents kicked him out of the house.

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