Panic! At The Disco
To Play Denver On May 17th
The rock band Panic! At The Disco will play Pepsi Center in Denver on May 17th. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 16th. This marks the third time the group has played Colorado.
The band was named after the song “Panic!” by American punk rock band Blink 182. In May 2005, the group recorded a self-titled EP in Los Angeles, California, with producer John Feldmann. After signing with Fueled By Ramen Records in July 2005, the band toured throughout North America. Their debut album, Pretty. Odd., was released in October 2006. The album sold over 200,000 copies within its first week of release.
In April 2007, the band released their second studio album, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, produced by Butch Vig. This album reached number one on Billboard”’s Top Heatseekers chart. In 2008, the band went on tour across North America with support acts AFI, Silverstein, and Good Charlotte. During the summer of 2009, the band toured with Paramore and All Time Low. In June 2010, the band announced that it had parted ways with drummer Smith, citing creative differences. He was replaced by Brendon Urie’s brother Max.
On January 11, 2011, the band released their third studio album, Take This to Your Grave, produced by Butch Viscardi. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling about 50,000 copies in its first week. On February 3, 2012, the band released their fourth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, with sales of around 60,000 copies. The lead single from this album is “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”.
A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out (2005–2007)
The band relocated to College Park to record its debut album. They recorded it over the course of four months in 2005, including a few days of recording during a heat wave.
Although they only had shells of tracks when they arrived, the remainder of the album shaped up quickly through the marathon session. The band grew tired of only writing with drums and synthesizers, and wanted to write something more melodic. Inspired by film scores, they wrote the entire album with pianos, strings, and accordions.
Their debut album, A Fever you Can’t Sweat Out was released September 27, 2006. Sales began relatively slowly (the band sold about 2,500 copies). However, sales picked up considerably once the band toured heavily across the United States and Canada.
In 2007, the band signed a contract with Warner Bros., and rereleased A Fever You Can’t… under the name “Vampire Weekend.” In 2008, the band released its second studio album, Contra, which reached number one on both the Billboard 200 chart and the Canadian Albums Chart.
Pretty. Odd. and …Live in Chicago (2007–2009)
In February 2007, the band entered the studio with producer John Feldmann to begin work on the follow-up to A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. On April 3, 2007, the band posted a video online announcing the upcoming release date of May 28, 2007, along with the track listing and cover art. The announcement came shortly after the band had performed “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” live during a concert in Los Angeles.
The following day, the band revealed the full track list and revealed that it was written entirely by Brendon Urie while he was still living in his hometown of Las Vegas. During an interview with MTV News, Urie stated that although the songs are about relationships, they aren’t necessarily love songs. He described the lyrics as being “about how you’re always trying to figure out what you want.”
On April 4, 2007, the band played a free show at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This performance was recorded and later released as part of the Live in Chicago DVD/CD set.
After playing several small club dates throughout the United States, including a sold-out show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, the band embarked on the Honda Civic Tour starting in late June. At the end of July, the band announced that it would be headlining the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
On August 10, 2007, the band released a limited edition CD single featuring the song “I Write Sins Not…” exclusively on iTunes. The song was originally intended to be included on the album, but due to issues with mastering the song, the band scrapped the idea and opted to include it on the single.
During the fall of 2007, the band toured extensively across North America, opening for Fall Out Boy on many occasions. On November 13, 2007, the band announced via MySpace that it would be releasing a deluxe version of the album titled Pretty. Odd., which includes three additional bonus tracks. These tracks were recorded during sessions for the original album.
On December 12, 2007, the band performed “Don’t Stop Believin'” for the first time at the American Music Awards. The performance marked the first time that the song was performed live since the band’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.