Brendan Urie says bandmate 'needs more time to take care of himself' after revealing drug problems

Panic! At The Disco‘s Spencer Smith has pulled out of the band’s forthcoming tour following the news he’s been struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.

Drummer Smith revealed his four-and-a-half year addiction in a personal statement in July, admitting to issues with alcohol and prescription drugs. Following this, the band’s frontman has written a personal letter to fans revealing that Smith needs more time to recover, and will not be performing at the band’s upcoming shows. This includes support dates with Fall Out Boy.

“Spencer and I have been through a lot of hurdles together, but witnessing one of my closest friends immersed in such a battle has been the most difficult,” wrote Urie in his letter. “There was never anything I could say to comfort him or empathise with his situation. What the fuck could I possibly say to him to make him feel like everything was gonna be OK?

“So I told myself that all I could do was work even harder with whatever I was doing to make sure he didn’t have to stress about anything. So I did. It’s become evident Spencer still needs more time to take care of himself,” he added. “I can’t expect him to be fighting addiction one minute and be fully immersed in a national tour the next. With all that said, the tour will continue without Spencer while he is away getting the help he needs. Thank you all for your support and kind words.”

Panic! At The Disco have a UK tour scheduled for later this year, beginning in Nottingham on November 17. They play:

Nottingham Rock City (November 17)
Edinburgh Picturehouse (18)
Manchester Academy (20)
London Kentish Town Forum (21)

Watch the video for their new single ‘Miss Jackson’ feat. Lolo below.