Panic At The Disco: (from left) Spencer Smith, Jon Walker, Brendon Urie and Ryan Ross. Current album ‘Pretty. Odd’ had a troubled gestation. An ambitious early version was scrapped because it apparently "sounded like a film score" rather than a proper album. Pic: www.rmusic.com
Panic At The Disco live. Frontman Brendon Urie is a lapsed Mormon. Guitarist Ryan Ross recalls: "I still remember when Brendon would blow off band practice because he had to go to church." Pic: James Quinton
Panic At The Disco perform at the Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA. in December 2006. For new album ‘Pretty. Odd’ they’ve ditched the ‘Moulin Rouge’-style stage set in favour of a simpler, more stripped-down live show. Pic: www.rmusic.co.uk
Panic At The Disco live at the Brixton Academy, London, October 2006. The band’s second album ‘Pretty. Odd.’ was released in March 2008 and debuted at Number Two in both the UK and America. It reached Number One in Australia.
Panic At The Disco perform at the Festival Pier at Penns Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 9, 2008. The backdrop mirrors the florid artwork for album ‘Pretty. Odd.’, which in turn references the artwork for The Small Faces’ 1968 album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’.
Panic At The Disco live at Penns Landing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 9, 2008. Singer Brendon Urie’s strict Mormon parents were inititally unhappy with his decision to become a musician. They wanted him to go to college instead.
Panic At The Disco. Jon Walker (far left) replaced original bassist Brent Wilson in 2006, when the latter was fired, apparently without warning. "They never even said they were sorry," said an aggrieved Wilson in an interview with MTV.
Panic At The Disco, whose new single ‘That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)’ is released on June 16. Frontman Brendon Urie (far left) usually leaves lyric-writing duties to guitarist Ryan Ross, although on new album ‘Pretty. Odd.’ Urie contributes two songs, ‘I Have Friends in Holy Spaces’ and ‘Folkin’ Around’.
Hailing from the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, Panic At The Disco started life as a Blink-182 covers band, formed by guitarist Ryan Ross and drummer Spencer Smith when they were just 13. Initially Ross was the band’s vocalist, but Urie eventually took over.
Panic At The Disco guitarist Ryan Ross meets fans at the Carling Weekend: Reading, August 2007. Earlier the band had played on the Main Stage, where, for the second year running, they were assailed by bottles thrown from the crowd. Pic: James Quinton
More action from the set of Panic At The Disco’s video for ‘That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)’. The video has a psychedelic feel reminiscent of The Beatles’ animated film ‘Yellow Submarine’. It opens with miniature versions of the band emerging from a Russian doll. Later the band turn into dolls themselves, out of which hatch children.
Panic At The Disco on the set of the video for new single ‘That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)’. Released on June 16, it’s the second track to be taken from the Las Vegas emo dandies’ sophomore album, ‘Pretty. Odd.’
Panic At The Disco with their child "doubles". The video for ‘That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)’ was shot on open farmland 30 minutes outside of Los Angeles and sees the band in period dress, riding Penny Farthing bicycles and messing about in a rowing boat, in a fairytale-style landscape populated by frolicking children.
A still from Panic At The Disco’s new video. The props were hired from a vintage toy shop, who gave the band preferential rates in exchange for autographed T-shirts and posters – it turned out the shop owners were Panic At The Disco fans.
Panic on the set of the video for new single ‘That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)’. Their new, Beatles-influenced direction has divided fans. Guitarist Ryan Ross told NME recently: "It is frustrating when fans try to impress on us their idea of what they think we should be."