It’s been thirteen years since PANIC! AT THE DISCO changed the alternative scene forever, digging their heels into the ground and continuing to remain the royalty of a pop-rock empire. “I just want to share as much as what I have as possible, with as many people as possible”, frontman Brendon Urie comments. It’s sincere, and it rings true with Panic!’s mission to tour until they can no longer.
“That was the thing presented to us when we first signed with Fueled By Ramen. They were like ‘hey, you know, touring a big deal and if you don’t want to tour don’t expect to be able to tour for a long time or be in a band for a long time’”. It doesn’t seem to be taxing on an artist that clearly loves performing, and that reaps the rewards of dedication to it with sold out shows and adoring crowds. “It’s always surprising”, Urie adds, to sell out a tour. “I don’t know if that does happen a lot because every time I’ve heard it it’s shocking. I never know how a tour is gonna sell, you never know what a show is gonna do, so to hear something like that is incredible”.
Fortunately for Australians, Panic! At The Disco’s travels have brought them to Australia this year for their first headlining tour down under in a while, postdating a stint on Soundwave and (if you can remember it) Counter Revolution.
“Australia is by far, hands down, one of my favourite places in the world to go”, Urie compliments. “There’s a few reasons for that. From the first time Panic! went there we just immediately noticed how nice everyone was, how everybody is just down to have a good time, and that’s just how we were, and that’s how I still continue to be. So luckily there’s an affinity there for just wanting to have a good party. And I just was blown away by how gorgeous everyone is, so there’s that as well. And the food is really good”.
Though doing a headline tour that’s sold out dates is, of course, an achievement, Urie recalls being somewhat pleased with the past networking opportunities Soundwave offered for someone who was just a genuine fan of music. “The lineup was a lot heavier bands than Panic! would ever sound like or ever tour with so it’s cool to meet a lot of those bands. And most of the bands I’ve looked up to for a long time, like Eagles of Death Metal, and I think Slayer played with us one time, and Korn played”.