Panic! at the Disco drummer Spencer Smith wrote a blog detailing his recent struggles with drug addiction. He entered treatment last fall and is now clean.
For the past 4 and a half years I’ve been battling addiction. Well, to be honest, I’ve really been battling it for the last two years. Those first 2 and a half years were spent in a place where I thought I had finally found the correct dosage of my personally prescribed medicine to feel “normal"…..In reality, I was mostly stumbling through my life hoping no one noticed I was high.
Growing up I never used drugs or alcohol. I smoked weed and had my first drink in the same night when I was 19. I loved it, and from that point on...
"It's similar in that it's eclectic;" he told MTV News. "But this time around, the songs are pretty different. One song sounds like it could be an '80s, Depeche Mode type deal, another sounds like a mix of a Toto drum part with, like, weird arena-rock guitars. There were a lot of things I was pulling from; I listened to a lot of hip hop actually, like A$AP Rocky ... all the new stuff that's coming out was blowing my mind.
"Hip hop is doing the new rock thing; there are no rules," he continued. "They can do anything, really. And that's inspiring."
And, in a telling nod to those hip-hop influences, Too Rare also sees a shift...
You can hear Panic! At The Disco's new single, "Miss Jackson (feat. Lolo)," in the replies. The band will release their upcoming record, Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, on October 8th - produced by Butch Walker. Download the single on iTunes and pre-order the album here. Dates for their upcoming US/Europe headlining tours and album release show are in the replies.
Produced by Butch Walker (Fall Out Boy, Weezer), “TOO WEIRD TO LIVE, TOO RARE TO DIE!” sees the band paying homage to their Las Vegas roots via a glittery sonic approach inspired by their ever-increasing collection of vintage and modern synthesizers. While jam-packed with high-energy songs like “Vegas Lights” and...
Current and former members of Panic! At The Disco's fan club have been receiving postcards of a sign saying "Are You Nasty?", possibly referring to Janet Jackson's song "Nasty." This comes after a few weeks ago there were rumors that the band's new single would be called "Ms. Jackson." Head to the replies to check out a picture of the postcard.
According to a recent podcast (Get Up On This #81), Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco announced that Panic! has been writing the past few months, and are going to finish their new album this month. He said that they are aiming to have it out this year.
Johnny Minardi (Former A&R of Fueled By Ramen) is selling a bunch of rare vinyl from Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Panic! At The Disco and more. He's also donating part of the auction money to Hurricane Sandy relief. Check out what he has to offer and fill in your collection.
The vinyl represses for Fall Out Boy's Take This To Your Grave and Panic! At The Disco's A Fever You Can't Sweat Out can be pre-ordered now at Hot Topic. The site currently has a 25% promotion going, so I would take advantage of that if I were you.
Panic! At the Disco are working on new music. Brendon stated in a new interview, "We’re going to work on a new record. We’ve worked on a couple of songs already on the bus, but it’ll be nice to have five hours to really work on something." With Spencer adding, "We’ve actually been listening to a little bit of hip-hop production. I don’t think we’d ever go for anything that slick, but it’ll be interesting to see how that makes its way into what we do. But we’re always listening to classical rock as well."
With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, it's about time that we crank the holiday tunes! If you need some new music for your library, we have an early Christmas present for you. Hit the replies for a free download of Jon Walker's cover of "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Walker recorded it in his basement in a session that "may or may not have involved alcohol" and wanted to share that holiday cheer with you. Walker previously played in Panic! at the Disco and The Young Veins and is currently solo. You can pick up his latest album, New Songs, here.
Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie fell ill before the band's X96 Big Ass Show. King Niko's frontman Ransom Wydner filled in for him. More details can be found in the replies, including a video of Ransom rehearsing "Nine in the Afternoon" before the show.
Patrick Stump and Panic at the Disco have both posted links to a live video chat and are saying there will soon be a "big announcement." I warn you that the comments on that chat module are out-of-fucking-control. We'll update this post when we figure out what the hell is going on.
Update: Looks like the two will be going on tour together. Dates and tickets can be found here. Foxy Shazam will be opening.
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco broke his ankle this past Sunday while playing in Pompano Beach, Florida. Urie continued to play the show with one foot. Check the replies to see the damage on the man's poor body.