By Chloe Chang
Photo by Jake Chamseddine
On January 24th, Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco announced that the band will be disbanding after the last leg of their "Viva Las Vengeance" tour.
Through an Instagram post on the band's main account, Urie said "sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin," and that he is "going to bring this chapter of [his] life to an end and put [his] focus and energy on [his] family, and with that Panic! At The Disco will be no more."
Panic! at the Disco has been a staple in the pop/alt rock scene for nearly 20 years. In 2004, Urie created the group along with original members Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson. The group went through a number of member changes until Panic! at the Disco became Urie's solo project. As a whole, Panic! at the Disco released countless hits such as "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," "Nine in the Afternoon," "This is Gospel," "Death of a Bachelor,"
and many more, with the latest being "Viva Las Vengeance."
The band has won countless awards from the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, iHeartRadio Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. They are also three-time Grammy nominees!
Photo by Alex Stoddard
Long-time fans of Panic! at the Disco are understandably sad about the disbandment news and reacted immediately on Twitter:
Despite the upsetting news, the common theme among Panic! at the Disco fans is that they will continue to wholeheartedly support Urie in this next chapter.
Panic! at the Disco's last "Viva Las Vengeance" show will be on March 10th in Manchester, UK.