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May 1, 2008

Panic at the Disco at RIT's Gordon Field House

Jeff Spevak

Staff music critic

Big, important questions we're asking of Brendon Urie today include how many hours he sleeps, what's

with Sgt. Pepper, do Mormons rock and what's the importance of punctuation?

The last time we saw this Las Vegas band, which returns to Rochester Institute of Technology on

Tuesday, it had a hit debut albumA Fever You Can't Sweat Out, and a pair of hit songs with eyebrow-

raising names in "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" and "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and

Suicide Is Press Coverage." Plus that curiously punctuated name: Panic! At the Disco. Perhaps it was

that !, the wink-wink humor in the lyrics and all of those non-sequitur song titles that left the impression

that these guys were, ahhhh ... young, rock and roll goofballs.

"Nah, but that doesn't bother me," Urie says. "Maybe slightly."

And I swear to you, this is true: When the band dropped the ! for its next album, there were reviewers

who soberly wondered aloud if this meant that Panic at the Disco had a newfound maturity.

"I think it's funny," says the lead singer and guitarist. "It's nothing I would ever focus my attention on, if

I were a fan of something."

Either Urie doesn't take his grammar seriously or those critics also failed to notice that the band's

second album, Pretty. Odd., continues the lads' role as punctuation provocateurs.

Here's something everyone noticed. Pretty. Odd.'s layered, symphonic pop seems to be the result of a

total immersion in the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

"We didn't really find the Beatles. We like that band, we've liked that band for a while. I've listened to

Meet the Beatles, the Who, the Stones, all kinds of classic rock. That stuff is an influence now. You

always discover new things that you hear when you look back at music.

"This band has a lot of weird influences. Creedence Clearwater Revival. Wilson Pickett. Well, OK,

that's not weird, that's just old. But Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel...."

"Every time you go back and listen to them — even the fact that you want to go back — says

something about it. I just listened to Abbey Road through headphones. I'd never done that before.

'Come Together,' and all of the things that panned in from the left to the right."

Well, my headphones are covered with a layer of dust deeper than a Scottish peat bog. I had them out

for the release of Dark Side of the Moon, and haven't used them since.

"That's the thing," Urie says excitedly. "I hadn't either!"

So Panic at the Disco is offering no apologies. In fact, that kind of source material is pretty darn

impeccable. And with the four guys ranging in age from 20 all the way up to 21, Urie says the four

guys of Panic at the Disco are pretty much what you'd figure they are. | Printer-friendly article page

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"We're not really political in any sense," he says. "We focus on music and what makes us happy. A lot

of people aren't used to some guys in bands who are really friends. When John comes in from

Chicago, he stays at my house. We like to have fun; we think we're fun. We're laid-back guys."

Until there's money involved. "Two of the guys play online poker," Urie admits, declining to name the

miscreants. "We like to play dice. It's very, very small money, although sometimes between people it

can get very heated."

What happens in Vegas suddenly can't stay in Vegas.

Social life? "Three of the guys have girlfriends," Urie says. "I'm still single. I'm very impulsive. It's hard

for me to find people, let alone a girl, that would keep up with me. I'm hyperactive; I only sleep five

hours a night."

Religion? "I grew up a Mormon, so that affected me a lot, in that I decided it was not for me."

Is vaudeville dead? This was the band's last appearance here, from a Nov. 17, 2006, review in the

Democrat and Chronicle:

Emerging from behind an ornate red curtain, Panic! At the Disco unleashed an absinthe dream upon

the Rochester Institute of Technology's Gordon Field House — a 1926 Parisian Frederick's of

Hollywood Dada contortionist cabaret sideshow, complete with a woman crawling her way out of a

piece of luggage and into a straitjacket. ...

Good songs like "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide is Press Coverage" might

have been wasted early on, as the crowd seemed intent on absorbing the imagery of a dozen band

members and dancers cavorting like rainbow salmon battling upstream to spawn. But they soon got

into it, learning that they could sing along with their favorites and still keep an eye on the mimes,

acrobats wearing fishing nets and turning somersaults, a rhythmic dancer filling the air with the

graceful curve of a long ribbon, a fellow dancing on stilts and "Time to Dance" accompanied by a


What's it all mean?

"If you think about it too hard," Urie says, "you're gonna hurt yourself." | Printer-friendly article page

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