They chased Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz online until he gave in and started a record label in order to sign them. But you used to have these whatever, like Jimmy Page and -- Walker: And Robert Plant, fucking hugging each other on the stage -- Smith: Singing into the same microphone. Smith: Me and Ryan just, over the past summer, both recently purchased our first houses. So I can say that I've slept in a twin-sized bed with Ryan Ross -- more than once.
It was a good gamble: Their 2005 debut, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, sold 1.7 million copies, primarily on the strength of I Write Sins Not Tragedies, the band's inescapable single that berated cheaters who haven't heard of closing the goddamned door. We wore some of the costumes from Gangs of New York, which I don't think anybody would have classified as the gayest movie ever they've ever seen! Walker: Singing into the same goddamned microphone! Band interaction, I guess, can sometimes be confused for homosexuality. We used the same interior decorator, and she thought Ryan was gay for the first three months!
Band members have come and gone, but Brendon clearly isn’t letting any of that slow him down one bit – in fact, you could say being Panic! Read on as Brendon spills the deets on his childhood dreams, Broadway aspirations, and the freedom of being Panic! One thing I’ve noticed in Asia is appreciation for the music. At The Disco won Video of the Year in 2006 for “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”, we really didn’t expect it – we were up against Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera! I’ll get to say “F* you, Fall Out Boy and Coldplay! “Emperor’s New Clothes” was a really fun one to do, but it was pretty brutal too – it took five hours to get my make-up done and I needed help going to the bathroom. It was great working with Brendon Dermer, the video director – we came up with ridiculous scenarios like me beating up a UFC fighter and just went all out in the video. But now, I don’t have to compromise – I just get to do what I want.
’s long-awaited concert in Singapore last week, we got the chance to fulfil our preserved teenage fantasies with a one-on-one chat with the man himself. But because it’s pretty rare for us to play in Asia, it makes all the more special for the fans. I’ve come so far and there have been so many iterations of the band: different albums; different band members; different dynamics. At The Disco have died off and reborn into what it is today. It’s very different going from a four-person band to what Panic! Previously, I’d write songs, present them to the other members, and then compromise. After having been in the music scene for so long, I want to see what else I can get into: movies, musical theatre… Man, there are so many Broadway shows I’d love to do: Book of Mormon (because I grew up in a Mormon family and understand all the inside jokes), Kinky Boots…
At The Disco first burst onto the scene with the delightfully vaudevillian “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”? And while the copious eyeliner of our emo adolescent phase has long been wiped off, 12 years on, there’s only one name that still gets our (twen-)teen hearts beating faster, faster. So when I’m on stage looking out at the crowd, I can see everyone going crazy and singing along with me. To be honest, I haven’t fully processed how amazing the experience was. When I was 10, I stole a cassette tape from my sister – it was Weezer’s Blue Album. Halsey’s just a friend, but we wouldn’t exactly object if the pair put their heads together on some new music.Panic at the Disco, four barely legal guys more concerned with making music than impressing anyone with their masculinity, have never seemed very interested in hedging their bets with safe styling or simplified pop songs. We had different moments where weird shit happened. We really are good friends, and there are a lot of bands that hate each other. I've known Ryan since I was five years old, and we used to live down the street from each other, so we would sleep over. Get into the interview and all of Urie’s bisexual rock star hotness below. at the Disco celebrated his 29th birthday, and his new pal Halsey honored the occasion with a very cute pic of the two together.