Panic! At The Disco's Ex-Members: Where Are They Now?
16 May 2016, 15:15 | Updated: 8 May 2017, 17:09
Let's catch up with the Panic! members we've loved and lost over the years and get to know the current touring crop.
We all know that pop punk power players Panic! At The Disco have had their fair share of lineup changes over the years, now just left with high-voiced shirtless frontman Brendon Urie as the sole "official" member.
But what about those other guys you see on stage with Beebo? Who be they? And whatever happened to those guys who left us? What's their story?
Let's "investigate" and find out.
You might have heard of this guy. Since leaving the band post Pretty.Odd, Ryan started the group The Young Veins who released their debut record Take A Vacation! in 2010 before going on an extended hiatus period in December of that year. Since then, Ryan has released occasional solo recordings through his Soundcloud page, appeared on tracks with the likes of More Amor and, most recently, was the co-writer of Agelast's current single "Fever".
The original drummer, Spencer was the longest serving band member besides Brendon, featuring on all of their first four albums. He departed the group's tour in 2013 in order to seek treatment for addiction, officially announcing his exit in 2015.
Currently, Spencer has not revealed any music plans and a Panic! reunion seems unlikely but he seems to be recovering well following his treatment and remains in contact with Brendon.
In 2006, the band announced that Brent had been asked to leave the group, coming as something of a shock to Brent himself. He explained to Alt Press in 2008 why he thought it had happened.
I think the reason why [Panic] got the perception I wasn't into doing things that bands do is because I'm a very private person. A lot of times I would be spending time by myself, or there would be times when my brother or other family members would come to shows. I'm very close with my family, so there would be times where I would be with them rather than hanging out with the band. As far as I'm concerned, that's just keeping sanity.Brent Wilson
Spencer later claimed that the firing was in fact due to Wilson's lack of involvement in the writing process, Ryan and Brendon composing the majority of the bass parts for their record.
In the same Alt Press piece, Wilson was revealed to be enrolled as a full-time student at CSN Community College in Las Vegas, studying for an MBA.
You can follow his latest goings on via Twitter and maybe even pick up a piece of memorabilia or two.
Would anyone be interested in purchasing two official gold records issued to me for a fever you can't sweat out? Message me if interested.— Brent Wilson (@BrentMWilson) January 4, 2016
Brent was replaced by Jon in time for the release of Pretty.Odd., having previously toured with The Academy Is... as a guitar tech. He would depart alongside Ryan to form The Young Veins. He has since developed solo material, including two albums and three EPs, the most recent release, "Real Life", dropping in 2015. You can hear his solo work on his official website jonwalker.bandcamp.com where it is available for free download.
Current Touring Members
A touring guitarist with the group since 2013, he became the full-time guitar player in 2015. Previously, Kenneth had a promising solo career, releasing two albums "Brooklyn" in 2012 and "Will U Be Minor?" in 2015.
Originally hired as a touring musician for the group, Dallon became a full time member during the "Vice And Virtues" era, even writing all but two of the songs on fourth record "Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die". However, in October 2015 he confirmed via Twitter that he had left the official lineup, staying on as a touring bass player instead. He is, however, still remaining active in other areas, particularly on Snapchat (dallonjweekes) where he has gained a huge following of fans for his random musings. His previous group, The Brobecks, are also very much worth checking out if you are a fan of all things summery pop punk.
When original member Spencer Smith had to depart the group, drum tech Dan, from the band Valencia, was drafted in mid-tour to take his place. He is also the frontman and guitarist of rock band Mosey.
Hates shirts, writing tragedies and singing at a low pitch.