Monday, July 6, 2009

News: Panic at the Disco's Co-Founder/Guitarist and Bassist Leaving the Band

Panic at the Disco's co-founder/guitarist and bassist announced today that they were leaving the band to start a "musical excursion of their own." Band and current tour will continue. No word as to who gets to keep the "Backstreet's Back" moves though.

(From today's Billboard.)

Panic at the Disco guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker are leaving the band "to embark on a musical excursion of their own," they announced today.

"Though the four of us have made music together in the past, we've creatively evolved in different directions which has compromised what each of us want to personally achieve," wrote Ross and Walker in a post on the band’s website. "Over the years, we have remained close and honest with each other, which helped us to realize that our goals were different and that parting ways is truly what is best for each of us. We are all excited for the future, you should be too."

The post confirmed that drummer Spencer Smith, who founded the band with Ross in 2004, and frontman Brendon Urie will continue as Panic At The Disco. It also said that all touring and album plans for Panic will continue as previously announced.

Panic at the Disco is currently scheduled to open for No Doubt on August 8 in San Diego, and has U.S. dates with Blink-182 planned throughout August.

As Billboard previously reported, the band had been writing on tour last fall with hopes of releasing their third album sometime this year.

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