Fans PANIC over Panic! At The Disco

Melissa Grusczynski

What started as a few childhood friends messing around and creating a band in high school, turned into one of the most listened to groups in the world today. Panic! At The Disco made their debut in 2004 with A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, leading them to rising fame.


With fame comes the occasional drama and breaking up of bands which is clearly evident with Panic!. Out of the original four members, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson, and Brendon Urie, Urie is the only one remaining. Even with this happening, Urie was not about to let Panic! At The Disco die out.


After three long years of waiting, on January 15th, 2016, Panic! fans were granted with a new album titled Death of a Bachelor. The whole album was written and recorded by lead vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie. Urie decided to shake it up this time around, adding sounds of Frank Sinatra, which is clearly present in the song Death of a Bachelor, and Queen.


One song on the album that stands out to most fans is Gospel. Gospel was written by Urie for former band member Spencer Smith who has been battling with addiction. Before performing this song in concert, Urie gives a little speech and dedicates it to Smith; it’s a truly touching piece.


With every album that Panic! comes out with, a new sound is brought to the table. Their sounds range from pop punk which their first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, produced, to alternative rock which was the sound of their third album, Vices & Virtues, to their most recent sound, pop/rock, for Death of a Bachelor.


One of Panic!’s most recent performances was in Wisconsin at Summerfest over the summer with upcoming band, Andrew Mcmahon in the Wilderness and the legendary band Weezer. They put on an entertaining show with bright lights, set changes, and lead singer Brendon Urie surprising the crowd with the occasional back flip.


Their next appearance was at the rave in Milwaukee for an event called the KISSmas bash which is one of their big events for the holidays. This year Panic! at the Disco performed on the last day, December 15th. This show is particularly special because the band announced that once spring comes they will be performing in arenas. This was one of the last time fans get to see them up close and personal.  


Overall, Panic! At The Disco is an ever changing group who have continued to rise in fame. They are continually finding new ways to please and excite their loyal fans.