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Panic! at the Disco is ending after 19 years, says frontman Brendon Urie


Consider the terrifying things one step closer to the history books: Panic! at the Disco, the pop rock band that went double platinum with their 2005 theatrical, borderline-baroque album “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,” will be no more.

Frontman Brendon Urie announced the news in a post on the band’s Instagram page on Tuesday. “It’s been an amazing journey,” he wrote. “Growing up in Vegas, I never could have imagined where this life would take me. So many places around the world, and all the friends we made along the way.”

Urie, 35, said he and his wife, Sarah, are expecting a baby and he plans to focus on his family.

Call it the last ‘death of a bachelor’.

Perhaps it comes as no surprise that a band with the word “Panic!” in its name started in 2004 at a high school in Nevada. It was an era of heavy black eyeliner and equally heavy sentiments. The Scene children flourished. It was the year of Green Day’s “American Idiot” and My Chemical Romance’s “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge”.

But panic! at the Disco, with its cumbersome song names, high drama, and over-the-top aesthetic, stood on its own.

Formed by Urie and childhood friends Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson when they were teenagers, the band rose to prominence with the restless, propulsive song “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, which tells the story of an adulterous bride and an interrupted wedding. .

The song’s music video, a time capsule from a bygone era, features the band members in typically eccentric sartorial choices: Urie in a top hat, red suit, and magic wand, and his bandmates in outfits you’d expect from chimney sweeps in 1875.

Other early hits include 2009’s decidedly retro “But It’s Better If You Do” and “Nine in the Afternoon,” and “That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed),” the latter two loaded with marijuana as subtext. (We all knew why her eyes were “moon-sized”.)

Over the years, panic! at the Disco builds on its early success – even as the band members have left and even as the Scene kids have grown up with office jobs.

The group’s 2011 album, “Vices & Virtues,” continued its signature dramatic flair while taking on a pop edge with songs like “The Ballad of Mona Lisa.”

“Death of a Bachelor”, the 2016 album, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200.

Panic today! at the Disco largely functions as Urie’s solo project. He plans to complete the project after the upcoming European tour to promote his most recent album “Viva Las Vengeance”.

He called the tour “one last run together.”

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