Panic! At The Disco is retiring after nearly 20 years, the pop-punk group’s lead singer Brendon Urie announced Tuesday.
“Growing up in Las Vegas, I could never have imagined where this life would take me. So many places around the world and all the friends we’ve made along the way,” Urie wrote in a statement posted on Instagram. “But sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin.”
Urie said that the band “won’t exist anymore” after their upcoming European tour, citing the upcoming birth of their first child as one of the reasons for the band’s breakup.
“We’ve been trying to keep it under wraps, though some of you may have heard…Sarah and I are expecting a baby very soon! The prospect of being a father and being able to watch my wife become a mother is both sobering and exciting. I look forward to this next adventure,” she said.
Urie continued: “With that being said, I am going to end this chapter of my life and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that Panic! At The Disco will no longer exist.”
The singer thanked the band’s fans for their support over the years.
“I’ve sat here trying to find the perfect way to say this and I really can’t put into words how much it has meant to us,” he said. “Whether you’ve been here from the beginning or just finding us, it’s been a pleasure to not only share the stage with so many talented people, but also to share our time with you.”
Panic! At The Disco’s European tour is scheduled to kick off on February 20 in Vienna, Austria, with the final stop being Manchester, England on March 10. Urie said.
The group formed in 2004 when Urie and the band’s co-founders Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson were still in high school in Las Vegas, according to Variety. The band took off after the release of their first album, “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out”, which contained their hit single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies”.
Wilson left the band in 2006. The band’s second album, “Pretty. Odd.”, was released in 2008. Ross announced that he would be leaving the band about a year later, leaving Urie and Smith to continue as a duo playing all instruments, Variety reported.
Smith officially left the band in 2015, according to Variety, effectively making Panic! At The Disco, a solo project by Urie. Urie released a few more albums like Panic! At The Disco, including the band’s seventh studio album, “Viva Las Vengeance” last year.
The band performed at the TODAY square last August, and in between albums, Urie appeared on Broadway in “Kinky Boots” and collaborated with Taylor Swift on her 2019 hit “ME!”