The early-2014 leg of Panic! At the Disco's Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! Tour, backing the band's 2013 album of the same name, features fellow pop-rockers The Colourist and X Ambassadors in the opening slot. Though Panic! have played many larger venues in the past, the 2014 concerts are booked into clubs, meaning tickets are hard to come by in some areas.
Panic! At the Disco began in 2004 as four high school kids playing covers of Blink-182 songs in a living room in Las Vegas. The band's original incarnation included singer and guitarist Ryan Ross, drummer Spencer Smith, bassist Brent Wilson and guitarist Brenon Urie. Urie soon took over as lead singer after his back-up vocals impressed his bandmates.
The group took a digital approach to getting a label deal. They recorded and posted some early demos on PureVolume.com, then tracked down Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz's LiveJournal account and asked him to give the songs a listen. Wentz liked what he heard, and -- eager to help out a fellow Vegas band -- quickly signed Panic! to his band's new Decaydance Records imprint on the Fueled by Ramen label. At the time the band was signed, they had never played a live gig.
Panic! At the Disco's lineup has been a work in progress, with Urie and Smith the only members of the band who remain from when the group signed its deal. Smith missed the band's 2013 tour for personal reasons, leaving Urie as the lone original band member on the tour. Ross and Walker exited the band in 2009 due to creative differences, and Dallon Weekes joined the group, first as a touring bassist, and in 2010 as a full-fledged member.
Panic! At the Disco's sound has evolved along with its lineup. While their debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, was firmly in the emo-pop camp, the band's songwriting moved toward the melodic-pop realm over the years, a change that Urie, in interviews, has said was influenced by The Beatles.
In concert, Panic! At the Disco emerged with a cabaret-style production, and the band's concerts continue to have a theatrical flair thanks to Urie's unabashed showmanship.