Panic! At The Disco drummer Spencer Smith pulls out of upcoming tour dates

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

Panic! At The Disco drummer Spencer Smith pulls out of upcoming tour dates
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.



Read More On This Artist

Panic! At The Disco Merchandise
More News
45th anniversary release of 'The Velvet Underground' to include previously unreleased LP
Prince performs alongside Kendrick Lamar to mark double album release
Ryan Adams covers Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' - listen
Stevie Nicks shares new song 'Mabel Normand'
Crowdfunder campaign to bring Foo Fighters to Cornwall raises nearly £100,000 in two days
Darlia to headline Club NME KOKO Halloween Ball
BBC Radio 1 and 2 play too much mainstream music, claims Radio Centre study
Midweek chart update: Jamie T on course for Number One position
David Bowie teases album artwork for 'Nothing Has Changed'
NME readers vote Arctic Monkeys best headliner at this year's festivals
Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
Metallica's Lars Ulrich 'immensely inspired' by U2 iTunes giveaway
Aphex Twin says he believes in the Illuminati and that September 11 was an 'inside job'
Johnny Marr says he makes 'outside music' concept to combat 'weedy, mopey shit'
BBC Four to show Foo Fighters documentary 'Sonic Highways'
Paramore's Hayley Williams accuses One Direction of copying New Found Glory
Kiss' Gene Simmons says that no 'iconic' new artists have emerged since 1988
Prince takes part in Facebook fan Q&A and only answers one question
Slipknot reveal plan to burn camel dung at Knotfest to give festival its own unique smell
Wu-Tang Clan to release new album 'A Better Tomorrow' by November 28
Pharrell's 'Happy' is the UK's best selling single of 2014 so far
Malcolm Young's family confirm AC/DC member is suffering from dementia

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today