Panic! at the Disco

Panic! at the Disco is the solo project[3] of American musician Brendon Urie. It was originally a pop rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. They recorded their first demos while they were in high school. Shortly after, the band recorded and released their debut studio album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005). Popularized by the second single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", the album was certified triple platinum in the US. In 2006, founding bassist Brent Wilson was fired from the band during an extensive world tour and subsequently replaced by Jon Walker. The band's second album, Pretty. Odd. (2008), was preceded by the single "Nine in the Afternoon". That album marked a significant departure from the sound of the band's debut. Ross and Walker, who favored the band's new direction, departed because Urie and Smith wanted to make further changes to the band's style. Ross and Walker subsequently formed a new band, the Young Veins, leaving Urie and Smith as the sole remaining members of Panic! at the Disco.

Panic! at the Disco
Panic! at the Disco at the Pepsi Center in 2018
From left to right: Kenneth Harris (guitar), Dan Pawlovich (drums), Brendon Urie (vocalist), & Nicole Row (bass)
Background information
Also known asPanic at the Disco (2008–2009)[1][2]
OriginLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Years active
  • 2004–2015 (as a band)
  • 2015–present (as a solo project)
Associated actsThe Young Veins
Past members

Continuing as a duo, Urie and Smith released a new single, "New Perspective", for the movie Jennifer's Body, and recruited bassist Dallon Weekes and guitarist Ian Crawford as touring musicians for live performances. Weekes was later inducted into the band's lineup as a full-time member in 2010. The band's third studio album, Vices & Virtues (2011), was recorded solely by Urie and Smith in 2010, produced by John Feldmann and Butch Walker. Crawford departed once the tour cycle for Vices & Virtues ended in 2012.

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. Prior to the release of the album, Smith unofficially left the band due to health and drug-related issues, leaving Urie and Weekes as the remaining members. The duo recruited guitarist Kenneth Harris and drummer Dan Pawlovich as touring musicians for live performances.

In 2015, Smith officially left the band after not performing live with them since his departure in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Weekes reverted to being a touring member once again, resulting in Panic! becoming Urie's solo project. In April 2015, "Hallelujah" was released as the first single from Panic! at the Disco's fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor (2016). In December 2017, Weekes officially announced his departure from the band. In March 2018, Panic! at the Disco released "Say Amen (Saturday Night)", the lead single from its sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked (2018), which was released in June.


Formation as rock band and early years (2004–2005)

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.[4] They both attended Bishop Gorman High School, and they began playing music together in ninth grade.[5][6] They invited friend Brent Wilson from nearby Palo Verde High School to join on bass, and Wilson invited classmate Brendon Urie to try out on guitar.[7] The quartet soon began rehearsing in Smith's grandmother's living room.[8] Ross initially was the lead singer for the group, but after hearing Urie sing back-up during rehearsals, the group decided to make him the lead.[9] Initially, Panic! at the Disco was a Blink-182 cover band.[10]

The band, which aimed to sound different from the many death metal bands in Las Vegas, signed a recording contract without having performed a live show.[11] Urie began working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Summerlin to afford rent for the band's new practice space.[12] Urie has stated that he sang for tips during his time working, thus indicating he had some prestige as a singer. The four left their educations behind to concentrate on music; Ross had a falling out with his father when he dropped out of college,[8] and when Urie dropped out of high school his parents kicked him out of the house.[13]

Ross and Urie sent a demo to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz via a LiveJournal account.[11] Wentz, who was in Los Angeles at the time with the rest of Fall Out Boy working on the band's major-label debut, From Under the Cork Tree, drove to Las Vegas to meet with the young, unsigned band.[11] Upon hearing "two to three" songs during band practice, Wentz was impressed and immediately wanted the band to sign to his Fueled by Ramen imprint label Decaydance Records, which made the band the first on the new label.[11] Around December 2004, the group signed to the label.[9] As news broke that Wentz had signed Panic! (who had yet to perform a single live show), fans on the internet began to bash the group. "Almost right away we knew what was going to happen," Ross explained in a 2006 interview. "We had two songs online and people were already making assumptions on what kind of band we were and what we were going to sound like."[14]

Meanwhile, Wentz began to hype the band wherever possible: from wearing "Pete! at the Disco" T-shirts onstage to mentioning the group in interviews. Wentz gave a quick shout-out to the band during a press junket on the day before the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards: "I've got a couple of bands coming out soon on Decaydance, one being this band called Panic! at the Disco," Wentz said. "Their record is going to be your next favorite record. It's called A Fever You Can't Sweat Out – get it before your little brother does."[14] At the time of the band's signing, all of the band members were still in high school (with the exception of Ross, who was forced to quit UNLV). Urie graduated in May 2005, and Wilson and Smith finished school online as the band left for College Park, Maryland, to record their debut record.[7]

A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (2005–2007)

In 2006, the band headlined their first tour and achieved platinum status on their debut album.

The band relocated to College Park, Maryland, to record its debut album from June to September 2005.[7] Although they only had shells of songs when they arrived, the rest of the album shaped up fast through the marathon session.[7] "We didn't have a day off in the five-and-a-half weeks we were there, 12 or 14 hours a day," Ross said in a 2005 interview.[7] "We were making things up in our heads that weren't there, and on top of the stress of trying to finish the record, we were living in a one-bedroom apartment with four people on bunk beds," recalled Ross. "Everyone got on everybody's nerves. Someone would write a new part for a song and someone else would say they didn't like it just because you ate their cereal that morning."[15]

The album is split into two halves: the first half is mostly electronic dance punk, while the second half features Vaudevillian piano, strings, and accordion.[10] The band grew tired of writing only with drum machines and keyboards and, inspired by film scores (specifically the works of Danny Elfman and Jon Brion) decided to write a completely different half.[9] "By the end of that, we were completely exhausted," said Ross of the studio sessions. After its completion, "we had two weeks to come home and learn how to be a band," Ross said.[7] The group played its first live show during the summer of 2005 at local Las Vegas music venue The Alley on West Charleston.[7] Afterwards, the band toured nationally on the Nintendo Fusion Tour with mentors Fall Out Boy, as well as Motion City Soundtrack, the Starting Line, and Boys Night Out for the rest of 2005.[16]

The band's debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, was released September 27, 2005.[17] Sales began relatively slow. It debuted at No. 112 on the Billboard 200 album chart, No. 6 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, with nearly 10,000 albums sold in the first week of release.[18][19] Within a span of four months, Panic! would see the video for its first single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", rocket up the Billboard Hot 100 as sales of Fever passed the 500,000 mark.[14] At the end of March 2006, the band announced a headlining tour.[16] By August, the group's debut record was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the music video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" won Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.[20] "Some aspects of the fame are annoying, but at the end of the day it's something we're most grateful for. It's certainly opened the door to a whole new batch of opportunities," Ross said of the band's newfound fame and instant success.[14]

Original bassist Brent Wilson in a concept photo for Fever in 2005. Wilson was later asked to leave for not keeping up with the band's playing standards.

On May 17, 2006, Panic! at the Disco announced that original bassist Brent Wilson had left the band, "posting a statement that was both diplomatic and entirely inscrutable […] yet [failing] to mention any reason why Wilson is leaving Panic," according to MTV News.[21] He was replaced in the band by Jon Walker. In June, Wilson asserted to MTV News that he was kicked out of the band via a phone call. "It was done as a phone call and the only person who spoke was Spencer. Apparently, Brendon and Ryan were on the speakerphone too, but they didn't say a word. They never even said they were sorry," explained Wilson. Smith wrote a lengthy e-mail back to James Montgomery of MTV News, stating, in part, "We made the decision based on Brent's lack of responsibility and the fact that he wasn't progressing musically with the band," and revealed that Wilson did not write nor play any bass present on Fever: Instead, Urie recorded these parts.[22] Wilson demanded a cut in royalties, and threatened to take his former band to court.[23]

In 2006, the band supported the Academy Is... on the band's worldwide tour "Ambitious Ones and Smoking Guns" from January to May.[24] Beginning in June, the group headlined its first unnamed national tour, that would last until August.[25] During the group's performance at the 2006 Reading Festival in August, the band was greeted by excessive bottling, one of which hit Urie in the face that knocked him unconscious. Despite this, the band continued with its set after Urie recovered.[26] The band's second headlining tour, dubbed the Nothing Rhymes with Circus Tour, began in November. In roughly one year, Panic! at the Disco went from being the opening act on a five-band bill to the headliners on a massive arena tour.[27]

The Nothing Rhymes with Circus Tour feature the band's first highly theatrical live shows, which featured every song with dance numbers, skits, and tricks performed by a six-member troupe, as the band donned intricate costumes, loosely re-enacting moments from the songs.[28] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times noted the sudden success and circus-inspired tour of the young band in a concert review: "There’s something charming about watching a band trying to navigate sudden success, aided by a contortionist, a ribbon dancer and all the rest of it."[29] MTV News favorably likened its theme and wardrobe to "Janet Jackson's audience-dividing, hypersexual The Velvet Rope Tour."[30] The group, fresh off the major success of A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, took a break after non-stop touring, and the group members began formulating ideas for their next album together during the winter of 2006.[31]

Pretty. Odd. and ...Live in Chicago (2007–2009)

Former guitarist and vocalist Ryan Ross performing with the band in 2007. Ross was responsible for writing most of the music and lyrics until his departure in 2009.

After a short period of development regarding the ideas of the album, on March 6, 2007, the band arrived at a cabin in the rural mountains of Mount Charleston, Nevada and began the writing process for the new album, Cricket & Clover.[32] After recording the new tracks and performing them live over the summer, the band returned to its native Las Vegas as well as the group's old rehearsal studio, where the band members wrote their debut record.[33] Songs such as Scarlet and It's True Love have had lyrics found. One track from Cricket & Clover, Nearly Witches, was remastered and added to Vices & Virtues in 2011.[34][35] The band grew uninterested in the songs previously written and by August scrapped the entire new album (which Ross later revealed was "three-quarters" done)[36] and started over. "We wanted to approach these songs in the most basic form," Ross said. "We wrote them all on one acoustic guitar and with someone singing. I think that we kind of skipped that part of songwriting on the first record, and this time we're sort of paying attention to that. […] We've written a bunch of songs since we've been home [Las Vegas]. I think it's the most fun and the happiest we've been since we started." With simplicity the new focus and the old album shelved, the group settled in and began recording what would become Pretty. Odd.[33] In October, the band entered the Studio at the Palms at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas to begin recording the album.[36]

In January 2008, the band unveiled a new logo and dropped the exclamation point from the group's name, becoming Panic at the Disco.[1] Released on March 21, 2008, Pretty. Odd. was described by the band as "more organic and mellower" than A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, as well as unintentionally and coincidentally similar to music of the Beatles, in both songwriting and scope.[37] The record debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-day sales of 54,000, and first-week sales of 139,000 copies in the United States.[38] Those figures marked the band's biggest sales week to that date, beating a previous record held by A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (which sold 45,000 during the winter of 2006). The record also debuted at "Current Alternative Albums" chart and No. 2 on the "Digital Albums" chart, the latter of which accounted for 26 percent of the disc's overall sales.[39] The album charted high in various other countries and was eventually certified gold in the United Kingdom, however, Pretty. Odd. received relatively disappointing sales in the face of its predecessor.[40] Pretty. Odd. was, however, critically acclaimed in contrast to Fever: Barry Walters of Spin called Panic's debut album "embarrassing" while regarding the new record as "[daring] to be optimistically beautiful at a time when sadness and ugliness might have won them easier credibility."[41]

The band's musical style changed after the release of their psychedelic-inspired album Pretty. Odd.

The band announced plans to headline the 2008 Honda Civic Tour in January 2008, which took up the majority of early touring for the album.[42] Motion City Soundtrack, the Hush Sound and Phantom Planet opened for the tour, which performed across North America from April 10 to July 14, 2008 .[43] Throughout October and November 2008, the band toured with Dashboard Confessional and the Cab on the Rock Band Live Tour promoting the video game Rock Band 2.[44][45]

As expected and predicted by several music publications, the band adopted a very different style for the touring in support of Pretty. Odd., in contrast to the dark, circus-themed elements of the band's previous stage shows.[46] Each show contained "woodsy set pieces, projections of flora and fauna, and mic stands wrapped in lights and flowers," and each band member dressed in a vest.[47] While reflecting on the theatrical nature of A Fever You Can't Sweat Out touring, Urie commented: "We did it and it was a lot of fun when we did it, but this time around I think we wanted to get back to a more intimate, personal setting, and scale it down a little bit." Ryan Ross explained that: "It's more about connecting with the audience and seeing what's gonna happen every night. It's not as scripted out and pre-planned. It makes it more exciting for us, and less monotonous every night."[47] A live album, ...Live in Chicago, based on live recordings from Chicago during the Honda Civic Tour, was released December 2, 2008.[48] An accompanying DVD contains photos from the tour, each music video from the album as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the videos and the tour, the short film Panic! at the Disco In: American Valley, and the documentary feature based on the tour, All in a Day's.[49]

Pretty. Odd.'s touring was also defined by a larger effort to remain environmentally conscious. On the tour, the band worked with two non-profit eco organizations: Reverb, which facilitates environmentally friendly touring; and Global Inheritance, which seeks to inspire more eco-activism.[47] In a 2008 interview, Ross revealed that the band began traveling on a biodiesel bus, re-using plastics, and recycling more backstage.[50] The band went as far as to print tour booklets on recycled paper, with soy ink, and organize an "eco-contest", in which profits from the tour went straight to environmental organizations.[47]

Lineup change and Vices & Virtues (2009–2012)

Ian Crawford (left) and Dallon Weekes (right) replaced Ross and Walker to tour Pretty. Odd.

In spring 2009, the band began recording material for its third studio album.[51] However, on July 6, 2009, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker announced via the band's official website that the two were leaving the band.[52] In an interview following the split, Ross explained that he first brought the idea to Smith in late June 2009 over lunch: "Spencer and I had lunch and caught up for a while, and then the big question came up, like, 'Well, what do you want to do?' and I said, 'Well, I think it might be best if we kind of do our own thing for a while,' and he said, 'I'm glad you said that, because I was going to say the same thing,'" Ross recalled. "And there was really no argument, which is really the best way that could've worked out." Ross said the split was largely due to creative differences between him and Urie. Urie wanted the band to explore a more polished pop sound, while Ross – and, by extension, Walker – was interested in making retro-inspired rock.[53] Walker and Ross went on to form The Young Veins, which only released one album, Take a Vacation!.[54][55][56][57]

Urie and Smith became the remaining original members of the band after the departure of Ross and Walker.

The news asserted that both tour plans with Blink-182 in August 2009 and new album production "will continue as previously announced."[52] The following day, Alternative Press broke the news that "New Perspective", the first song recorded without Ross and Walker, would debut the following month on radio and as a part of the soundtrack to the film Jennifer's Body.[58] On July 10, 2009, Alternative Press also reported that the band had regained the exclamation point, becoming, once again, Panic! at the Disco. "New Perspective" was released on July 28, 2009.[59] Former guitarist of pop rock band the Cab, Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes, frontman of indie rock band the Brobecks, filled in for Ross and Walker on tour during the Blink-182 Summer Tour in August 2009.[60]

The band re-entered the studio during early 2010 and spent much of the year recording the group's third studio album.[51] During this time, touring bassist Dallon Weekes joined the band's official lineup along with Urie and Smith, making the band a three-piece. Although Weekes did not perform on the upcoming album, he was responsible for the conceptualization of the cover art of the album and was also featured on the album cover, masked and standing in the background behind Smith and Urie. On January 18, 2011, the band revealed that an album titled Vices & Virtues would officially be released on March 22, 2011. The album was produced by Butch Walker and John Feldmann.[61] The record's first single, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa", was released digitally on February 1, 2011, with the music video being released February 8, 2011. Vices & Virtues was officially released March 22, 2011, to relatively positive critical reviews.[62]

The band began touring in support of the album, christened the Vices & Virtues Tour, in earnest beginning in February 2011.[63] The tour has sported the same electric, over-the-top theatricality the band was known for during the Fever era. "I really miss wearing costumes and makeup," Urie told Spin. "I love throwing a big production. I've recently been reading about Tesla coils and I'm trying to figure out how I can get one that sits on the stage and shoots sparks without hurting anybody."[64] The group was scheduled to play the Australian Soundwave Revolution festival in September/October but the festival was canceled. The band performed at the Counter-Revolution mini-festival, the festival that took its place.

On May 12, 2011, the band collaborated with indie pop band Fun. and the two groups embarked on an American tour, releasing a single together titled "C'mon". Panic! at the Disco contributed a new song, "Mercenary", to the soundtrack for the video game Batman: Arkham City.[65]

Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! (2012–2015)

After the unofficial departure of Smith due to drug addiction problems, Urie and Weekes were the remaining members of the band from 2013 to 2015.

After the Vices & Virtues tour cycle, Urie, Smith, and Weekes began writing and preparing for a fourth album. During the recording of the album, touring guitarist Ian Crawford, who joined the band in 2009 after the departure of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, left the band citing his desire to make "real, genuine" music.[66] On July 15, 2013, the album was announced as Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, with a scheduled release date of October 8, 2013. The first single, "Miss Jackson," was released on July 15, 2013, along with its music video to promote the album. Panic! at the Disco opened for Fall Out Boy on the Save Rock And Roll Arena Tour with Kenneth Harris replacing Crawford.[67][68]

Panic! at the Disco performing in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena during the Gospel Tour

Shortly before the band began its first tour in support of the album, Smith wrote an open letter to fans regarding his abuse of alcohol and prescription medications since the recording of Pretty. Odd. Although Smith joined the band for the first handful of dates, he left the tour to "continue fighting addiction." Urie posted on the band's official website on August 7, 2013, that "It's become evident that Spencer still needs more time to take care of himself. I can't expect him to be fighting addiction one minute and be fully immersed in a national tour the next. With that said, the tour will continue without Spencer while he is away getting the help he needs."[69] Since Spencer's leave of absence, Dan Pawlovich of the band Valencia has filled in on tour.[70]

In an interview with Pure Fresh on September 23, 2014, Urie stated that he had already thought about ideas on the fifth studio album; however, he was not sure if it would be a Panic! at the Disco album, or a solo album.[71] Urie has also stated there are no current plans for Smith to return to the band.[72]

Transition to solo project and Death of a Bachelor (2015–2017)

On April 2, 2015, Smith announced that he had officially left the band.[73] That same month, Urie revealed in an interview with Kerrang! that he was working on new material for the band's fifth studio album.[74]

After Smith's departure, Weekes was the only remaining member since their first major lineup change to not leave the band.

On April 20, 2015, Urie released "Hallelujah" as a single without any previous formal announcements.[75][76] It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 40, the band's second highest ever after "I Write Sins Not Tragedies." The band performed at the KROQ Weenie Roast on May 16, 2015.[77] On September 1, 2015, another song from the fifth studio album, "Death of a Bachelor", premiered on an Apple Music broadcast hosted by Pete Wentz.[78] The second single, "Victorious" was released at the end of the month.[79] On October 22, 2015, through the band's official Facebook page, Urie announced the new album as Death of a Bachelor with a scheduled release date of January 15, 2016.[80] It is the first album written and composed by Urie with a team of writers, as the status of Weekes was announced to have changed from an official member to that of a touring member once again. Weekes' status was rumored during the promotion of Death of a Bachelor that he was no longer an official member,[81][82] until it was confirmed through a blog post on October 20, 2015, and by Weekes himself on October 24, 2015, via Twitter that he was "not contributing creatively anymore."[83] The third single "Emperor's New Clothes" was released on the same day, along with the official music video. "LA Devotee" was released November 26 as a promotional single.[84] On December 31, 2015, the band released "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time."[85]

Panic! at the Disco at the Shorty Awards in 2015

The band co-headlined the Weezer & Panic! at the Disco Summer Tour 2016 with Weezer from June to August 2016.[86] The band released a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" in August 2016, on the Suicide Squad soundtrack album.[87][88]

On September 22, 2016, the band released the music video for "LA Devotee." With the release came the announcement of the Death of a Bachelor Tour in 2017. MisterWives and Saint Motel were announced as the opening acts.[89] In a December 2016 interview, Urie said that he hoped to make a music video for every song on the album Death of a Bachelor.[90][91]

Pray for the Wicked (2017–present)

On December 15, 2017, the band released their fourth live album All My Friends We're Glorious: Death of a Bachelor Tour Live. It was released as a limited-edition double-vinyl and digital download.[92][93][94] Five days later, the band released a non-album Christmas song titled "Feels Like Christmas."[95] On December 27, bassist Dallon Weekes officially announced his departure from Panic! at the Disco after over eight years of performing in the band, subsequently shifting his focus as the frontman of the band I Don't Know How But They Found Me.[96] On March 19, 2018, the band played a surprise show in Cleveland, Ohio with new touring bassist, Nicole Row.[97][98] On March 21, 2018, the band released two new songs "Say Amen (Saturday Night)" and "(Fuck A) Silver Lining."[99] At the same time, the band also announced the Pray for the Wicked Tour and a new album called Pray for the Wicked.[100][101]

On June 7, 2018, the band performed at the fountains at the Bellagio prior to game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.[102][103] The performance is said to have had sentimental value to the band as they took to the stage in their hometown.[102][103] The band also performed as a headliner at the Reading and Leeds Festival 2018 which lasted over the weekend from August 24 to 26, 2018.[104][105] On August 27, 2018, the band dropped the music video for the single "High Hopes".[106] In fall of 2018, High Hopes became the highest placing single from the band, becoming number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.[107][108]

On September 22, 2018, the band announced that longtime touring guitarist Kenneth Harris would be dismissed following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct involving underage fans.[109] Harris' replacement was announced to be former Sparks the Rescue guitarist Mike Naran on October 6, 2018.[110]

The band's version of the song "Into the Unknown" is featured on the soundtrack to the 2019 film Frozen II and in the end credits.[111][112] The song appears in the film as performed by Idina Menzel.[111][112]

Musical style and influences

Panic! at the Disco performing in 2013.

Panic! at the Disco have been known to change their sound each album. Musically, they have mainly been described as pop rock,[113][114][115][116] pop,[4][117][118] baroque pop,[119][120][121] alternative rock,[119][122][123][124] emo pop,[113][4][125][126] pop punk,[4][127][128] emo,[4][119][129] electropop,[130][122] vaudeville,[129][123] synth-pop,[119] alternative pop,[130] punk,[130] dance-punk,[131] power pop,[123] psychedelic,[123] and electronic rock.[132]

The band's debut studio album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out has been described as pop punk,[133][134] emo,[135][136] emo pop,[137] electropunk,[138] dance-punk,[131] baroque pop,[133][139] and alternative rock.[140] Panic! at the Disco went on record many times saying that the group's second album would be completely different from A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, as Rolling Stone wrote in an article: "The group cemented its next direction with their first single, called "Nine in the Afternoon." "It's influenced by the music our parents listened to: the Beach Boys, the Kinks, the Beatles," says Ross. "Our new songs are more like classic rock than modern rock. We got older and started listening to different music – and this seems like the natural thing to do right now."[141] Pretty. Odd. has been described as being like "[Panic] dropping the entire Beatles catalog into a blender, adding some modern alternative ice and the horn section from Sonia Dada, then churning out a new-millennium Liverpool smoothie."[142] In his review of the band's live album, Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted, "...Pretty. Odd. suggests that they're becoming that rare thing in 2008: a pop-oriented rock band. They might not be doing this knowingly, but the results are entertaining all the same."[143] Musically, the album has been described as psychedelic pop,[144] psychedelic rock,[145] pop rock,[146] baroque pop,[147] and folk rock.[148]

The band's third studio album, Vices & Virtues has been described as alternative rock,[149] pop rock,[150][151][152] pop punk,[150][153][154] emo pop,[155][156] baroque pop,[157][147] synth-pop,[158] new wave,[4] and dance-punk.[4] When describing the lead single from the album, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa", Alternative Press described the song as "[having] the upbeat pop energy of A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, with the focus and clarity of Pretty. Odd." Urie has explained that he and Smith desired to achieve a sound that is more similar to the former: "We missed a couple things from our first record in terms of sonically, with these little instruments that we hadn’t really used on our second record. There [were] a lot of organic instruments and not a lot of electronics or synthesizers. So we wanted to get back to some of that."[159] The band's fourth album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! has been described as pop,[160][161][158] dance-pop,[160] synth-pop,[158][162] electropop,[4][163] new wave,[4] R&B,[4] indie rock,[162] alternative rock,[164] pop rock,[165] and emo.[162] The album was also influenced by hip hop.[4][166] Their fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor has been described as pop rock,[167] pop,[168][169] rock,[168][170][171] R&B,[172] jazz,[173][174] alternative rock,[122] and power pop.[123] Their sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked has been described as pop,[175][176][172] R&B,[172] hip hop,[172] pop rock,[172] and alternative rock.[172]

Urie has cited bands/artists such as Frank Sinatra, Queen, David Bowie, Tom DeLonge, Weezer, Green Day and My Chemical Romance as his biggest influences.[177][178][179]

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Opening Act

Awards and nominations

American Music Awards

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2018Alternative ArtistPanic! at the DiscoWon[197]
2019Alternative ArtistPanic! at the DiscoNominated[198]
Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/GroupNominated
Favorite Pop/Rock Song"High Hopes"Nominated

Billboard Music Awards

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2018Top Rock AlbumDeath of a BachelorNominated[199]
2019Top Duo/GroupPanic! at the DiscoNominated[200]
Top Rock ArtistNominated
Top Rock AlbumPray for the WickedWon
Top Rock Song"High Hopes"Won
2020Top Duo/GroupPanic! at the DiscoNominated[201]
Top Rock ArtistWon
Top Rock Song"Hey Look Ma, I Made It"Won

GLSEN Annual Respect Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2019 Brendon Urie Inspiration Award Won [202]

Grammy Awards

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2008 Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package A Fever You Can't Sweat OutNominated [203]
2009 Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package Pretty. Odd.Nominated [203]
2017Best Rock AlbumDeath of a BachelorNominated[204]

iHeartRadio Music Awards

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2019 Best Duo/Group of the Year Panic! at the Disco Nominated[205]
Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Nominated
Alternative Rock Song of the Year "High Hopes" Won
Alternative Rock Album of the Year Pray for the Wicked Won

MTV Europe Music Awards

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2018Best AlternativePanic! at the DiscoWon[206]
2019Best RockPanic! at the DiscoNominated[207]
Best Video"Me!"
(Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco)

MTV Video Music Awards

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2006Video of the Year"I Write Sins Not Tragedies"Won[208]
Best New Artist in a VideoNominated[209]
Best Group VideoNominated[208]
Best Rock VideoNominated[210]
Best Art DirectionNominated[211]
2008Best Pop Video"Nine in the Afternoon"Nominated[212]
Best DirectionNominated[213]
2016Best Rock Video"Victorious"Nominated[214]
2018Best Rock Video"Say Amen (Saturday Night)"Nominated[215]
2019Best Rock Video"High Hopes"Won[216]
Best Collaboration"Me!"
(Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco)
Best Visual EffectsWon
Best CinematographyNominated

Teen Choice Awards

YearCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2006Choice Rock TrackI Write Sins Not TragediesNominated[217]
2008Choice Rock TrackNine in the AfternoonNominated[218]
2018Rock ArtistPanic! at the DiscoNominated[219]
Rock/Alternative Song"High Hopes"Nominated
2019Choice Music GroupPanic! at the DiscoNominated[220]
Choice Rock ArtistWon
Choice Song: GroupHey Look Ma, I Made ItNominated
Choice Rock SongWon
Choice Song: Female Artist"Me!"
(Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco)
Choice Pop SongNominated

Other awards

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResultRef.
2006TMF AwardsBest Video International"I Write Sins Not Tragedies"Won[221]
GAFFA Awards (Denmark)Best International New ArtistPanic! at the DiscoNominated[222]
2007Los Premios MTV LatinoaméricaBest International Rock GroupNominated[223]
Kerrang! AwardsBest International BandNominated[224]
2008Los Premios MTV LatinoaméricaBest International Rock GroupNominated[225]
MTV Asia AwardsThe Style AwardWon[226]
2011Kerrang! AwardsBest Single"The Ballad of Mona Lisa"Nominated[227]
2014Alternative Press Music AwardsBest VocalistBrendon UrieWon[228]
Artist of the YearPanic! at the DiscoNominated
2015Best BassistDallon WeekesNominated[229]
Best Live BandPanic! at the DiscoNominated
Rock Sound Readers PollVideo of the Year"Emperor's New Clothes"Won[230]
2016Alternative Press Music AwardsBest Music VideoWon[231]
Song of the Year"Hallelujah"Won
Artist of the YearPanic! at the DiscoNominated[232]
2017Artist of the YearWon[233]
2017People's Choice AwardsFavorite GroupPanic! at the DiscoNominated[234]
2018Rock Sound AwardsArtist of the YearPanic! at the DiscoWon[235]
2019Kerrang! AwardsBest International BandPanic! at the DiscoNominated[236]
LOS40 Music AwardsInternational New Artist of the YearPanic! at the DiscoNominated[237]
International Song of the Year"High Hopes"Nominated


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