The release of Panic! At The Disco’s latest album Viva Las Vengeance in August 2022 marked another major milestone for the beloved solo project. Viva Las Vengeance was met with praise from many critics and fans, although many listeners commented on the unusual style of the album — and its potential implications.
On September 8th, 2022, a music video for the final song on Viva Las Vengeance “Do It to Death” was released on Youtube, which featured a final scene of Brendon Urie’s portrait (doubling as the Viva Las Vengeance album cover) burning away to ashes. Fans in the comments discussed what this scene could suggest, with many arguing whether or not Panic! At The Disco would continue to make music. Listeners such as Blake Gouge commented that the music video “really felt like a goodbye from him and his music, especially so with the album art burning away at the end,” while other fans like Dana B believed that the video showed that “there’s a bright new beginning ahead” for the band. However, several months later, all of the theories about Panic! At The Disco’s destiny were laid to rest — Brendon Urie, the sole remaining member of the band, confirmed the dissolution of his solo project.
On January 24, 2023, Panic! At The Disco’s official Instagram account posted a message from Brendon Urie to his fans.
“Well, it’s been a hell of a journey… Growing up in Vegas I could’ve never imagined where this life would take me. So many places all over the world, and all the friends we’ve made along the way,” Urie starts his letter. “But sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin.”
In his message, Urie revealed to the public that he and his wife were expecting a baby, and that he desired to “bring this chapter of [his] life to an end and put [his] focus and energy on [his] family,” and how he “looks forward to this next adventure.” He thanked his fans for their support, and commented on his desire to finish his Viva Las Vengeance tour with performances in the UK and Europe. The completion of the tour will mark the end of Panic! At The Disco, and the start of Brendon Urie’s new life as a father.
Instagram users were quick to comment on their mixed reactions to the news. Many accounts were quick to criticize Urie, mentioning how they “don’t care” about his announcement and celebrating the end of Panic! At The Disco. Several comments mentioned how Panic! should have announced their dissolution “two albums ago,” and how “this is the only good career decision [Urie] has made since Death of a Bachelor.” However, amongst the harsh criticism and hate for Urie and Panic! At The Disco, several fans celebrated his announcement of fatherhood and thanked him for the hard work, years of music, and the “House of Memories” he provided. Many wished him well on his journey and the future in store for him.
The end of the Viva Las Vengeance tour and Panic! At The Disco’s dissolution mark a significant milestone in both Urie’s life, and the music industry as a whole. Regardless of the criticism Urie and Panic! At the Disco have received, it’s admirable that he’s chosen to focus on this new chapter of his life as a father, and to be there for his family. Alternative Rock won’t be the same without Panic! At The Disco, and Brendon Urie’s fans are grateful to him and the effort he’s put into making music over the years. Perhaps in the future, new alternative bands will arise, but Panic! At The Disco’s legacy will forever be remembered.
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