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No Gamble For Las Vegas Superstars
The cards are stacked in favour of Las Vegas band Panic! at the Disco who return to the UK for a short tour that includes a show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on May 10.
The group are currently on a roll after supporting Fall Out Boy on their 2013 Save Rock and Roll Arena Tour and scoring a British top ten hit with latest album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! The record also yielded hit singles Miss Jackson and This Is Gospel.
Don't Panic: Brendon Urie from Panic! at the Disco (pic: Alex Kirzhner)
Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! , which was produced by Butch Walker of Fall Out Boy and Weezer fame, pays homage to the band's Vegas roots with a bundle of high-energy, synth-led anthems showcasing some of frontman Brendon Urie's most introspective songwriting to date.
Formed in 2004 by Brendon Urie, Spencer Smith, Brent Wilson and Ryan Ross, Panic's 2005 first album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, remains one of the biggest-selling debuts in the history of their label, Fueled By Ramen. It spawned their double platinum-selling single, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, which led to various Grammy Award nods and an MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year.
Vegas Cool: Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie (pic: Alex Kirzhner)
Their second album, Pretty.Odd, arrived in 2008 to bundles of acclaim, with the likes of NME declaring it a 'victory for artistic ambition over cynical careerism, one of the feel-good physch-pop albums of the year.'
The band's last album, Vices & Virtues, was released in 2011 and featured the singles The Ballad of Mona Lisa and Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind).
Now a three-piece, Urie is joined by drummer Spencer Smith and bassist Dallon Weekes,
Panic! at the Disco's 2014 UK tour dates:
May 7: Glasgow Academy; May 8: Manchester O2 Apollo; May 9: London Eventim Apollo; May 10: Wolverhampton Civic Hall;
May 13: Belfast Mandela Hall.