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Panic! at the Disco craves reaction, good or bad

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie has enjoyed both the love AND the hate since the group's latest album, "Too Weird To Live, Too Rare to Die!," came out last October.

"What I love is getting polarized opinions," says Urie, 27. "I don't want middle ground, like 'Yeah, it's all right..' It's gotten a lot of love and a lot of hate. I love that. I want you to love what I've done or hate it with a passion."

Urie says the hate for the set, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, hasn't been too strident. "There's random comments you read, like, 'This dude is a joke' or whatever," Urie notes. "Or, 'They're trying to sound like Fall Out Boy.' That kind of stuff is fun for me. Bring it on, man.

"And I'm cool with being compared to our friends who are super-talented songwriters and performers. That's not even one that makes me mad."

Panic! is still without the services of founding drummer Spencer Smith, who went into rehab just prior to the album's release. Urie wrote "This Is Gospel" about Smith's addictions, and he still looks forward to the day the drummer will rejoin the group.

"He's doing really well," Urie reports. "I know in the beginning it seemed really tough and difficult, and I always am just so proud of his choice to know he needed to take some time and get some help. It's not an easy decision.

"But our fans come to shows with signs for him and show us how much they care. I tear up sometimes, 'cause it's really, really sweet."

Panic! at the Disco, Walk The Moon and Magic Man

7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27

Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills

Tickets are $35 and $29.50, $25 lawn

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