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Interview:
No Panic! Over Success For This Band
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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On its fi rst headlining tour, Panic! At the Disco has more than just songs from its gold-certifi ed debut album to offer fans.

Besides adding a cello player and keyboardist to help flesh out the arty modern rock of “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out,” the Las Vegas quartet also is bringing circus-style performers to create a bit more spectacle. Apparently, you can take the boys out of Vegas, but ...

“We tried to dismiss the fact that Vegas had any effect on us at all, but we realize that maybe in fact it did,” says Ryan Ross, 19, guitarist and chief songwriter for Panic! “We just really are fascinated with the idea of becoming more of a theatrical band and doing things that are a little bit out of the ordinary for a rock band to do.

“Maybe we’d be more at home on Broadway or something.”

Panic!, which is signed to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz’s Decaydance Records label, certainly is settling into the rock world, however. Despite a feud with fellow Vegas rockers the Killers — “They seem to be doing fine on their own; I don’t understand why they need to direct so much energy and attention towards us,” Ross notes — the group has been enjoying radio and MTV attention for the singles “I Write Sins, Not Tragedies” and “But it’s Better When We Do.”

Ross says the group members were initially “scared” of the success but have come to see the advantages.

“We’ve learned how to deal with this attention we weren’t really looking for and turn it into something positive,” he says. “Because we’re getting on radio and MTV, we have more money to make our stage show that we’ve always wanted to do with it.

“We’re kind of realizing it’s out of our control in some ways, so we’re just going to try to use it to become the band we wanted to be — just on a much larger scale than we ever thought it would be.”

Panic! At the Disco, the Dresden Dolls and the Hush Sound perform at 7:30 tonight at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are sold out.

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