About The Artist
The Set List
Don't forget to check out Panic at the Disco's new record, 'Pretty. Odd.' - available online and in Wal-Mart stores nationwide.
-The Crew at Wal-Mart Soundcheck
Highlights from the Q&A
How do you plan to incorporate the old sound of your last album with the new sound?
Ryan: "We had two days to practice, and in that time we reworked some of the old songs. As far as making the set cohesive, it's going to be difficult. We've got three weeks in Europe to practice. None of you will have to hear that!"
What are you looking forward to most with going back on tour?
Spencer: "Playing new songs. We've only had 12 songs to our name for the past three years."
Brandon: "We haven't played music for you in awhile, so it's going to be fun."
What is your favorite thing about your fans?
Spencer: "My absolute favorite thing is fresh chocolate chip cookies."
Ryan: "All our fans know how to bake cookies."
What sound do you look for when you're picking out instruments?
Ryan: "Sometimes I gotta be honest. I'm worried about what it looks like more than what it sounds like. I want to make sure it's as easy as possible to play and I don't look like an idiot playing it."
- Panic at the Disco comprises Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Jon Walker and Spencer Smith
- They're originally from Nevada. The band formed in suburban Summerlin, Las Vegas when Ryan and Spencer were in high school.
- Their name was inspired by another band. Panic at the Disco is a line in a song by the group Name Taken.
- Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz is a fan. When Wentz heard the unsigned band, he immediately flew out to Vegas to meet and sign the guys.
- They're famous for their circus-inspired concerts. The guys often use dancers, clowns and contortionists in their music videos and shows.
- There's no longer an exclamation point in their name. Recently, the band changed the spelling of their name from Panic! at the Disco to Panic at the Disco.
Panic at the Disco begin with 'Nine in the Afternoon,' the first single from their second album, 'Pretty. Odd.' Written collectively by the band, 'Nine in the Afternoon' is a poetic Panic ballad with a mantra-like chorus and a simple riff. As the audience sings along to every word, Brandon cautions: "It looks like the end of history as we know / Just the end of the world."
But It's Better If You Do
The third single from Panic's multi-platinum debut, 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out,' is an imaginary tale written by guitarist Ryan Ross. PATD has said that their sound is inspired by classic rock and roll and 'But It's Better If You Do' is an example of their retro-meets-modern beats. As the crowd roars with approval, Brandon takes to the keyboards and delivers a rocking rendition that stays faithful to the original.
She's a Handsome Woman
It's time for another new song from 'Pretty. Odd.,' rumored to be inspired by the television series 'Family Guy.' Dedicating it to their producer, Rob Mathes (Lenny Kravitz, Jay-Z), Panic performs a rousing track that's indicative of the band's harder, classic rock sound. "Go on," urges Brandon: "Grab your hat and fetch a camera / Go on, film the world before it happens."
That Green Gentleman (Things Have Changed)
Panic previews another new tune, and the fans know the chorus word-for-word before the song's end. Bassist Jon Walker has said that 'That Green Gentlemen' is a personal tune about his experience in the band and the evolution of fame and friendships: "Things have changed for me, and that's okay / I feel the same, I'm on my way, and I say."
I Write Sins Not Tragedies
Shouts of recognition reverberate throughout the room as the guys launch into their biggest hit to date: 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' from their dance-friendly debut, 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out.' Written by guitarist Ryan Ross, 'I Write Sins Not Tragedies' is a clear fan favorite and Panic pays the smart anthem its dues. Sings Brandon somewhat tongue-in-cheek: "It's better to face these kinds of things / with a sense of poise and rationality."
Mad as Rabbits
Panic at the Disco closes their set with a psychedelic tune that sounds like it could have been recorded for The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.' Destined to be a classic Panic at the Disco musical moment, 'Mad as Rabbits' showcases the band's harmonious vocals and an infectious chorus. As the Vegas boys sing about "bushels of bad habits" (in what sound suspiciously like British accents), the panicked fans cry out for more.