Las Vegas, Nevada.
High School Friends:
According to the band, Panic! At the Disco began when 12-year-old Ryan Ross asked for a guitar for Christmas and his buddy Spencer Smith opted for a drum set. They began playing their own versions of blink-182 songs, but as the sound developed, they invited their friends Brent Wilson and Brendon Urie to join in. The new band's name came from a line in the song "Panic" by the band Name Taken.
Panic! At the Disco Lineup:
- Brendon Urie - Vocals, guitar, keyboard
- Ryan Ross - Guitar, keyboard, backing vocals
- Brent Wilson - Bass
- Spencer Smith - Drums
Quote From Panic! At the Disco's Ryan Ross:
Commenting on the music scene in interview with AbsolutePunk:
"There is just such a lack of creativity and really a lack of demand for it. Kids will have their top 5 favorite bands and they all are just copies of copies. It's going to come to a point when people open their eyes and ears and finally see through all of the uninspired lyrics and songwriting. If I could do anything to change the scene it would be to wake everyone up."
Discovered by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz:
Panic! At the Disco heard that Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz was looking for bands to sign to his label Decaydance. They put a link to their page on the PureVolume site in Wentz's online journal. To their surprise he asked to hear more and drove from L.A. to Las Vegas to listen to the band.
Panic! At the Disco Trivia Fact:
Panic! At the Disco enlisted the Lucent Dossier Vaudeville Cirque to star in the music video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."
Panic! At the Disco Breakthrough:
After signing to Decaydance, part of the Fueled By Ramen family of labels, 3 of Panic! At the Disco's members worked to quickly finish their high school education and Ryan Ross dropped out of his freshman year in college to the dismay of his parents. The band recorded their first album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out with producer Matt Squire. Panic! At the Disco received a spot on Fall Out Boy's Nintendo Fusion concert tour in the fall of 2005 and the album appeared in stores in September, 2005.
With tour exposure, Panic! At the Disco's fan base continued to grow and the album continued to climb the charts. The inclusion of the video for the song "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" (Listen) on MTV's TRL in early 2006 raised their profile even higher. The album ultimately climbed to #13 on the Billboard album chart and "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" became a top 10 pop single.
In January, 2008, the band announced that they were dropping the ! from their name with the release of a second album titled Pretty. Odd on March 25, 2008; the band will headline the 2008 Honda Civic Tour in support.