Panic At The Disco Split
If you’re a little confused about reports that Panic at the Disco are breaking up, don't panic; the band are just down a couple of members.
Lead guitarist/lyricist, Ryan Ross (the group’s creative ‘mastermind’) and bass player, Jon Walker announced yesterday on Panic’s official website that they are heading out “on a new musical excursion.”
Even though they’re loosing the creative guts of their band, lead singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith will forge ahead as Panic at the Disco. Along with two yet to be named new band members, the pair will still play their scheduled dates with Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy, while also finishing up their third album.
Jon and Ryan haven’t as yet named their new group, but in the announcement posted yesterday (June 6) they hinted at creative differences behind the split.
“We’ve creatively evolved in different directions which has compromised what each of us want to personally achieve. Over the years, we have remained close and honest with each other, which helped us to realize that our goals were different and that parting ways is truly what is best for each of us.”
Brendon and Spencer posted this update a few hours later.
“It’s been an amazing journey being in a band with them (Ryan and John), but sometimes individual tastes take friends in different directions and you can’t ignore it. They are some of the most talented guys we know, and we’re sure that whatever they do next will be great. That said, Panic At The Disco is alive and very very well.”
First formed in 2004 by Spencer and Ryan, Panic at the Disco’s debut album, ‘A Fever You Can't Sweat Out’, was released a year later; it went on to sell more than 2.2 million albums world wide, and gain them hordes of fanatical teen followers. While their 2008 release ‘Pretty. Odd, didn’t enjoy the same number in sales as their debut, the critics lauded the album as a triumph.
What do you think? Should a group stay together when half its members leave?