Panic! At The Disco Call It Quits
Panic! At The Disco, one of the last acts from the mid-’00s MySpace emo wave to remain commercially relevant, are coming to an end. The band started out as hyper-dramatic Fall Out Boy proteges, and it’s been a solo project for frontman Brendon Urie since 2015. Today, Urie posted an Instagram statement saying that he and his wife are expecting a baby and that Panic! At The Disco “will be no more.”
Here’s Urie’s statement:
Well, it’s been a hell of a journey…
Growing up in Vegas I could’ve never imagined where this life would take me. So many places all over the world, and all the friends we’ve made along the way.
But sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin. We’ve been trying to keep it to ourselves, though some of you may have heard.. Sarah and I are expecting a baby very soon! The prospect of being a father and getting to watch my wife become a mother is both humbling and exciting. I look forward to this next adventure.
That said, I am going to bring this chapter of my life to an end and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that Panic! At The Disco will be no more.
Thank you all for your immense support over the years. I’ve sat here trying to come up with the perfect way to say this and I truly can’t put into words how much it has meant to us. Whether you’ve been here since the beginning or are just finding us, it has been a pleasure to not only share the stage with so many talented people but also share our time with you. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Europe and the UK for one last run together.
I love you. I appreciate you. Thank you for existing.
A solo project can’t really break up, and Brendon Urie can obviously return to Panic! At The Disco anytime he wants. But it’s worth noting that Panic! As A Disco, whether as a band or a solo project, have remained remarkably commercially consistent over the years; five of their eight studio albums have at least gone platinum. Their 2018 single “High Hopes” topped Billboard‘s Rock Songs chart for an insane 76 weeks. The band’s last LP, at least for now, is 2022’s Viva Las Vengeance, which is arguably the first true flop of the project’s existence. Around here, they might always be best-remembered for one hilariously savage Chris DeVille headline.