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by Cortney Maddock
Jun 04, 2008 | 779 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Courtesy Photo - Panic At The Disco perform at a press conference for the Honda Civic Tour.
Courtesy Photo - Panic At The Disco perform at a press conference for the Honda Civic Tour.
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Many performers, artists and musicians have been spawned out of the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, but indie-emo band Panic At The Disco puts a new spin on Vegas success.

The band, which was seemingly an overnight sensation, will be performing at the Grand Sierra Resort on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Grand Theatre as part of the Honda Civic Tour. Joining Panic At The Disco will be other indie-emo favorites Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and Phantom Planet.

Panic At The Disco exploded onto the rock music scene with the band’s 2005 debut album, “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.” The album was carefully mentored by Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, who signed Panic At The Disco to his Decaydance record label, and the final product was instant commercial success.

While some music fans will argue that Panic At The Disco has done nothing more but follow a formulaic model for success, the songs on “Fever” were catchy and experimental for the band members who had been playing together for less than a year.

The first single, “The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage,” burned up radio play on local stations regardless of music genre and proved that the band could get a catchy song stuck in listeners’ heads.

The band’s second single, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” seemed to be on repeat on the radio and the video never left MTV’s rotation. The carnival-themed video bled over into the band’s performance, in which singer, guitarist and keyboard player Brendon Urie, guitar player and singer Ryan Ross, bassist Jon Walker and drummer Spencer Smith dressed in clothes that resembled the lion tamer at the circus.

Panic At The Disco recently released the band’s second CD, “Pretty. Odd.” With the new release, the band revised the name choice from Panic! At The Disco to a more dignified, exclamation point-less name.

The first single off the new album, “Nine In The Afternoon,” has seen radio success like the band’s previous singles. Spending more than 17 weeks on the Billboard charts, the single peaked at No. 51 but the album, which has spent nine weeks on the chart, peaked at No. 1 and this week sits at No. 17.

“Pretty. Odd” has received praise from critics who suggest the band has grown up, even if that includes weaning the band members away from writing songs about failed relationships.

For a band that had members practically slammed together, it is hard to predict the group’s future. As of now, the band members are successful twenty-somethings who have a comfortable retirement ahead of them. Even if that day were to come tomorrow, the music will continue to play on iPods for years to come.

Tickets for the show are $35 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, www.grandsierraresort.com, the Grand Sierra Resort’s box office or by calling 789-2000.

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