A little over 10 years ago, Panic! At The Disco’s first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, sold 2 million copies in the U.S. Not only that, but the band won Video of the Year at the VMA’s for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, and even helped to launch Pete Wentz’s Fueled By Ramen label. This might seem impressive enough, but keep in mind the fact that they did all of this as teenagers barely out of high school – without ever playing a concert!
Fast forward to today, and the band is currently on tour and about to release their 5th studio album. If their singles “Hallelujah”, “Death Of A Bachelor” and “Victorious” are any indication of how great the whole album will be, we’re in for an incredible treat! While we anxiously await the new release, here are some quick and fun facts about the band:
1. Panic! At The Disco originally had 4 members, all of whom were childhood friends.
Today, lead singer Brendon Urie is the only original member of the band left. Founding members were Urie, Brent Wilson (bassist), Ryan Ross (guitarist) and Spencer Smith (drummer). Fired in 2006, Wilson was replaced by Jon Walker. In 2009, Walker and Ross left the band, citing creative differences. Bassist Dallon Weekes joined in 2012. In 2015, Smith left the band.
2. When the band first formed, Ryan Ross was supposed to be the lead singer.
It was only when the band heard Urie sing at a rehearsal that they changed their minds.
3. Name Taken’s song “Panic” inspired the band’s name.
“Panic at the disco, sat back and took it so slow” was the line that set everything in motion!
4. Tropical Smoothie Café in Las Vegas was once Brendon Urie’s employer.
The singer used his paychecks to pay for the band’s practice space.
5. Other bands love to dance to Panic! At The Disco’s music on their Vines.
Just take a look at twenty one pilots’ Josh Dun!