After nearly 20 years, Panic! at the Disco are over. On 24 Jan., frontman Brendon Urie announced the group will officially split up after the end of their European tour, which is currently set to conclude in Manchester on 10 March. The news came as Urie announced he and wife Sarah Urie are expecting their first child later this year.
"I am going to bring this chapter of my life to an end and put my focus and energy on my family, and with that Panic! At The Disco will be no more," Urie wrote on the band's official Instagram page.
The lengthy statement also noted how much Urie's life has changed since the band was first formed in Las Vegas when he was still in high school. "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," he wrote. "But sometimes a journey must end for a new one to begin. We've been trying to keep it to ourselves, though some of you may have heard . . . Sarah and I are expecting a baby very soon! The prospect of being a father and getting to watch my wife become a mother is both humbling and exciting. I look forward to this next adventure."
The pop star went on to thank the band's fans for their support over the years. "Thank you all for your immense support over the years," he said. "I've sat here trying to come up with the perfect way to say this and I truly can't put into words how much it has meant to us. Whether you've been here since the beginning or are just finding us, it has been a pleasure to not only share the stage with so many talented people but also share our time with you. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Europe and the UK for one last run together. I love you. I appreciate you. Thank you for existing."
While the band originally consisted of four members when it was formed in 2004 — Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith, and Brent Wilson — over the years it became a launching pad for Urie's solo career. After their first album, "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out," was released, Wilson left the band, and both Ross and Smith left in the years that followed, leaving Urie as the only remaining member.
Given that Urie has essentially been Panic! at the Disco since 2015, it's unclear what exactly the future holds for him. It seems likely that he is shedding the band name to eventually release music as Brendon Urie, but no official details on what his next act will be have been revealed at this time.
For now, fans on Twitter are having a mixed reaction to the news. "I saw Panic! at the Disco seven times from 2014-2022 as they rose from clubs back to arenas," one person wrote. "Say what you will about their last few albums but it was f*cking awesome to watch them graduate from has-been status to the top of the world."
However, some fans are glad to see Urie is finally leaving Panic! at the Disco behind. "PANIC AT THE DISCO IS NO MORE!!!!" one person tweeted alongside a cheering GIF. Another added, "PANIC AT THE DISCO ARE DISBANNING EVERYONE CHEEERRRRR."