Panic! at the Disco announces split: “It’s been a hell of a ride”

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Panic! at the Disco – the emo rockers who went from high school band to arena headliners – announced on Tuesday that the group is breaking up after 19 years.

Frontman Brendon Urie said the band will be calling it quits after their next European tour, which kicks off in Vienna on Feb. 20 and ends in Manchester, England, on March 10.

“Well, it’s been one hell of a journey… But sometimes a journey has to end for a new one to begin,” Urie, 35, said in a statement posted on Instagram. “With that said, I’m going to end this chapter of my life and focus my energy on my family, and with this panic! Au Disco will no longer exist.

Panic! at the Disco, led by Brendon Urie, is shutting down after its upcoming European tour.
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A panic!  to the Disco Instagram post announcing their split.
Panic! at the Disco announced their split in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

Formed by singer-guitarist Ryan Ross and drummer Spencer Smith in Las Vegas in 2004 as the Blink-182 cover band, they recruited bassists Brent Wilson and Urie and modeled their name after a line from the song “Panic” by Name Taken.

The group was then discovered by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and signed to Decaydance Records, releasing their debut album, “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”, in 2005. This LP would go on to spawn the hit “I Write Sins Not Tragedies, “which won Moonman Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Award.”

Panic!  at Disco at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
Panic! at the Disco won Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

But over the years – with Ross, Smith and Wilson leaving the band – Panic! at the Disco essentially evolved into a solo act for Urie. But the singer and multi-instrumentalist now wants to focus on family, expecting his first child with wife Sarah “very soon”.

“The prospect of being a father and seeing my wife become a mother is both humbling and exciting,” he wrote. “I look forward to this next adventure.”

Panic!  at Disco at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
Panic! at the Disco performed “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

Urie ended his statement by expressing his gratitude to Panic! among Disco fans.

“Thank you for all of your immense support over the years,” he wrote. “I really can’t put into words how much this has meant to us. Whether you’ve been here from the start or just found us, it’s been a pleasure not only to share the stage with so many talented people, but also to share our time with you… I love you. I like you. Thank you to exist.”

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