I could have saved a lot of time and energy.
Instead of writing “20 Reasons To Love Panic! at the Disco,” I could have just written “The One Reason To Love Panic! at the Disco” and that’s…
Everything about Panic! at the Disco is lovable.
I decided to go with the “20” idea thing because there might be a few ultra-insane people who don’t share my fandom for Panic! and their music (also my editor rejected the “one reason” idea).
I will say this, listing 20 ideas gives me the chance to brag about my boys…
20 Reasons To Love Panic! At The Disco…
1. Panic! makes awesome music videos!
Whether it’s steampunk, vaudeville, or M.C. Escher, Panic’s videos are always creative and visually appealing.
Their video to “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” is an all-time classic. It won “Video of the Year” at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
2. Panic! worked hard for their success!
To pay for the band’s practice space, Brendon worked at a Tropical Smoothie Café. Now, that’s dedication.
Then, while making their first album, the boys worked around the clock for five and a half weeks straight—no days off!
If that wasn’t bad enough they were all bunking in a one bedroom apartment. Can you imagine the smell!?!
All that hard worked paid off because their first LP, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, is one of the best albums of the century. It has sold more than 2 million copies.
3. Panic! is not an emo band!
This was THE question during the band’s early days but now the matter is pretty much settled. They are NOT, nor were they ever, an emo band.
Panic! was discovered by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. Because of that, they had a lot of emo fans coming to their early gigs.
And of course, the media, who didn’t listen to their music or attend their concerts, labeled them as emo.
4. Panic! was signed before they even played a gig!
Panic! not only signed with a record label before playing a gig, they recorded an album too.
Panic! didn’t gig because, at the time, the music scene in Las Vegas really sucked. There was nothing but a bunch of cookie-cutter, death-metal bands. Panic! wanted to do their own thing so they concentrated on recording demos.
Panic! at the Disco played their first live show in the summer of 2005.
5. Panic! supports other artists!
Brendon appears in the video to New Politics’ “West End Kids.” During the clip, he plays video games that star the members of New Politics.
Both Panic! and New Politics are signed to DCD2 Records. The label is owned by Wentz. Panic! was the first band to ever sign with the label.
6. Panic! cares about the environment!
A lot of bands talk about taking care of the environment but Panic! actually does something about it.
When out on tour, Panic! uses a biodiesel bus. They also use recycled paper to print their tour booklets on and do so with soy ink.
7. Panic! ignores the haters!
Like most of us, Brendon was bullied in high school. Unfortunately, he also gets bullied as the frontman of Panic!
In 2006, at the Reading Festival in England, Brendon was hit in the head by a bottle and knocked out.
Both Kerrang! magazine and NME have named Panic! the worst band.
Those publications have come around. In the same year that Kerrang! called Panic! the worst band they also named them the best.
Since calling them the worst, NME has put Panic! on their cover.
8. Panic! is literally awesome in concert!
If you ever have the chance to get Panic! at the Disco tickets please get two—one for you and one for me.
They are tons of fun live and put on an energetic show. Brendon usually does a backflip, and if you’re lucky, he’ll take his shirt off. He’s super sexy on stage and sounds like he does on their albums.
Their setlist is usually a great mix of old and new Panic! songs. Panic! generally performs for about 90 minutes.
9. Panic! overcame adversity!
Panic! didn’t suffer a sophomore slump they suffered a “sophomore suck.”
The follow-up to their first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, was totally influenced by a bunch of old bands like The Beatles and The Beach Boys.
Minus the single “Nine in the Afternoon,” the album, Pretty. Odd., is pretty odd.
It wasn’t Panic! enough.
On top of all that, the band lost two of its members including Ryan Ross, the band’s principal songwriter.
A lot of groups would have packed it in but not Panic! Brendon stepped up and became the band’s principal songwriter.
He and Spencer spent two years making Vices & Virtues, although it wasn’t a full on return to their original sound, it was a return to the old Panic!
10. Panic’s fans have the coolest name!
Brendon calls Panic! fans “sinners.” He does so with love and affection.
Why sinners? Because, as Brendon explains, we’re all in this together and we all sin.
11. Panic! is cool about religion!
Brendon grew up in a Mormon family but don’t expect him to come knocking on your door while on a mission. When it comes to religion, he’s super chill…
“I wanted to touch on that and make it a point to recognize our fans and just how much of my work, my job, is my religion. Touring is my religion. Music is all-encompassing—my religion.”
When Brendon was 15 he started thinking more for himself and his faith changed.
During the early, early days of Panic!, Brendon would have to miss band practice to attend church. That quickly changed into Brendon missing church to attend band practice.
12. Panic! can get you out on the dance floor!
If you feel like getting your boogie on just play their 2013 album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!
13. Panic! survives despite numerous lineup changes!
We all want four dudes to gel musically, get along like brothers off the stage, and stay together for 20 or 30 years. That doesn’t always happen though.
Panic! at the Disco has managed to survive and thrive with five different lineups.
The band was originally formed in 2004 by Ryan Ross, Brent Wilson, and Spencer Smith.
Ryan and Spencer were childhood friends. They invited Brent to sit in.
Shortly thereafter, Brent asked Brendon Urie to try out for the band as a guitarist.
At first, Brendon was one of Panic’s guitarists, but when they heard him sing lead they quickly gave him the job.
Brent was asked to leave the band in May of 2006. He was replaced by Jon Walker.
Ryan and Jon both departed Panic! in July of 2009, in the wake of Pretty. Odd.
Panic! was just Brendon and Spencer for a while until Dallon Weekes joined. He played with the boys while they were on tour in 2009 and then was made an official member the following year.
Spencer officially left the band in early April of 2015 but had been away from recording and touring for quite a while. He left to kick his addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol.
That leaves Brendon and Dallon as Panic’s only official members. When the band goes out on tour they’re joined by Kenneth Harris (guitar) and Dan Pawiovich (drums).
14. Panic! is hot!
Just check out their video to “Girls/Girls/Boys (Director’s Cut).” Enuff said!
15. Panic! rocks with or without the exclamation point!
The band never really intended to have an exclamation point in their name. It just kinda happened.
That’s why they thought no one would care when they took it out in January of 2008 thus becoming “Panic at the Disco.”
They were wrong.
Fans went ballistic. Sinners love their exclamation point.
Rolling Stone magazine named removing the “!” the 25th boldest career move in rock history.
Well, the exclamation point came back in July of 2009. Yeah!
16. Panic! has really cool song titles!
The following were all from the band’s first album:
“The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage”
“London Beckoned Songs About Money Written by Machines”
“Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off”
“I Constantly Thank God for Esteban”
“There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought of It Yet”
17. Panic! is still going strong after ten years as a band!
If you don’t believe me just download the single, “Hallelujah.” It was released on April 19, 2015, nearly ten years after they made their first studio album.
“Hallelujah” proves PATD still has it.
18. Panic! is never boring!
Some bands just walk out on stage and play their music. There’s nothing wrong with that but sometimes it can be a little boring.
Panic! is not one of those bands.
When they walk out on stage you know it! Their shows are packed with theatrics.
Their music, their performance, their clothes all work together to tell a story and entertain their fans.
19. Panic! was discovered by Pete Wentz!
In 2004, Panic! sent a link to Pete Wentz of a page containing their demos. The Fall Out Boy bassist liked what he heard so much that he drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to hear the band play live.
He only needed to hear a couple of songs before deciding that he absolutely had to sign Panic! to his label.
The band officially signed with Wentz in late 2004. At the time, three of the four members were still in high school.
How cool is that!?! Your awesome band is signed to a label owned by a member of another awesome band.
20. Panic! plays awesome music!
Well, of course they do!