Drummer Permanently Exits Panic! At The Disco

Courtesy of WENN via philly.com

Courtesy of WENN via philly.com

Panic! At The Disco founding member, Spencer Smith, has officially left the band. In a lengthy statement on the band’s official website, Smith states, “After 10 years of being a part of this unbelievable journey it saddens me to say that I will be leaving Panic. This was not an easy decision to come to, but after a lot of thinking it became clear that this is what’s right for me and the band…at a certain point, I realized that I wasn’t able to be there for the band the way I wanted to be, and more importantly, the way they needed me to be. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been surrounded by the people I have been all these years. They truly are my best friends…Looking back over the past decade I still have to pinch myself to believe it was all real.”

Smith continues, “But what will stick with me the most is showing up in city after city and finding more and more of you who had learned the lyrics to all our songs, or had made home made t-shirts with our faces surrounded in puff paint, or baked us cookies from your grandmas secret recipe and put a single hair in each one (ok, that one was a little creepy…creepy, but delicious). For me, that’s what made it all so surreal. Yes, getting to travel around the world with my friends was no doubt some of the best memories of my life, but it was what happened during that hour and a half on stage each night that was truly magic. And none of it was possible without you… It was on those nights I’d say to myself ‘If I could be anywhere in the world tonight, with anyone I wanted, it would be right here with you’. It’s what I’ll miss the most. So, thank you… From the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving me the life I only dreamed of 10 short years ago.”

Smith originally took a temporary, yet indefinite leave two years ago so that he could focus on recovering from his addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. In the former drummer’s exit post, he informs his fans that he has now achieved “two years sobriety from prescription medication, and working on a year sobriety from alcohol.” In the summer of 2009, members Jon Walker and Ryan Ross left the band due to creative differences between Ross and frontman, Brendon Urie. Since then, Urie has continued on with Panic! At The Disco, writing two albums. When asked if he has any plans to create a fifth Panic! At The Disco album, Urie admitted that while he has ideas for it, he’s not sure if it will be a Panic! album or a solo album.

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