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Interview:
Panic! at the Disco at The Palace, 3 Things To Know
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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"Death of a Bachelor" has been something of a rebirth for Panic! At The Disco.

Following the departure of drummer Spencer Smith the group is now the sole pervue of frontman and co-founder Brendon Urie. "Death Of A Bachelor," "Panic!'s" fifth album, was its first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as well as a platinum seller in a day when that's become a rare feat. It's also spawned three Top 10 hits on the Rock Chart in "Hallelujah," "Victorious" and "Emperor's New Clothes."

And after touring last summer with Weezer, Panic! is in the midst of its own headline tour, its first as an arena headliner in a decade...

Some 14 months after "Death Of A Bachelor's" release, Urie, 29 is still marveling over its success. "You never know what an album's going to do or who's going to enjoy it," he says by phone from Maryland. "So far I'm daunted at how amazing the reaction has been. It just blows me away seeing the impact it's had and is continuing to have, not only on me but on people that seem to enjoy it. That's a daunting reality, but to me it's pretty cool."

Urie has been fronting Panic! since 2004, but he says that with "Death Of A Bachelor" "I suppose a new era has begun. I feel like a new man, which is pretty astonishing. Very few people get the opportunity to get that second life. So I feel really great and ultimately just grateful to be out there playing for people who genuinely jsut have a passion and love for music like me. That makes me feel more connected. When I'm out there..I can see people smiling and see the love directly, which is amazing."

The touring lineup of "Panic!" features some musicians who have been with Urie since 2009, as well as a three-piece horn section just added last year. "It's exciting, 'cause I never know how (the band) is going to be from one (album) cycle to another," Urie says. "Just like music people evolve and people change. Things just have to move forward. Whether or not the lineup stays the same is a lesser point to if this whole thing keeps carrying on. It's like that movie with Mark Wahlberg, 'Rock Star;' Maybe some kid will come out of the audience and replace me on stage. Who knows. And I love that. I love not knowing. It's really exciting. I just love change."

Panic! at the Disco, Misterwives and Saint Motel

7 p.m. Friday, March 10.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Lapeer Road at I-75

Tickets are $29.50-$59.50.

Call 248-377-0100 or visit palacenet.com for both shows.


Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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